1963 Fonseca

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TLW
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1963 Fonseca

Post by TLW » 17:44 Sat 01 Dec 2018

One of the bottles from the Bonham's sale.

It has not done well, and the lot of them probably need to be rewaxed. The first two from the case were excellent, and the second two were not.

The bottle had seeped signficantly, being down to bottom shoulder, and the cork crumbled to bits; the corks seem somewhat short in these bottles, and I wonder whether that may be a cause of the relatively poor levels.

The port was almost brown when decanted, and had lost all of its fruit. It tasted almost like a Madeira, having more of a caramel flavour. Although all of the contents still made it past the gauntlet of lips and gums, it was somewhat disappointing. the third bottle of the case had been similar. It seems appropriate that the remainder of the case be checked at regular intervals.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 21:55 Sun 02 Dec 2018

Was this the pipe which had been purchased by the family living in a country house and bottled for them by Findlater Mackie & Todd?
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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by TLW » 11:42 Mon 03 Dec 2018

Yes it was.

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