1977 Graham

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Alex M
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1977 Graham

Post by Alex M » 09:52 Sat 16 Mar 2019

One of two bottles purchased from Sworders this week. Fill level was just below neck. The bottle had been stood for 12 hours prior to an 8 hour decant.
On removing the foil there appeared to be what looked like sand around the cork. The cork crumbled on extraction.

It is a dark red, perhaps similar to something from the early 1990's. It tasted strongly of eucalyptus and hints of mint and improved drastically over the course of the 8 hour decant. If anything, I feel it could do with slightly longer. I'm honestly not sure where this port is going but I feel it has at least another 10 years to make up it's mind.

90 points for now.

Luckily I have enough left in the decanter to try tonight.

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AHB
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Re: 1977 Graham

Post by AHB » 23:02 Sat 16 Mar 2019

You were lucky! The "sand" is probably cork crumbs, which is evidence of cork weevil (aka woodworm) having attached the cork. If it had got to the wine it would have given it that horrible flavour we were talking about at the Christmas offline.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

Alex M
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Re: 1977 Graham

Post by Alex M » 11:05 Sun 17 Mar 2019

Ahhh! I must of been rather lucky! The wine improved with more time in the decanter and I would assess a 12 hour decant is about right. Is the presence of cork weevil in one bottle indicative of it being in others from a similar stash?

Glenn E.
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Re: 1977 Graham

Post by Glenn E. » 18:36 Sun 17 Mar 2019

Alex M wrote:
11:05 Sun 17 Mar 2019
Is the presence of cork weevil in one bottle indicative of it being in others from a similar stash?
Not necessarily, even if this bottle came from an intact case. Especially in the US, a "case" of Port is likely an amalgamation of bottles from multiple sources, so there's little to actually tie one bottle to another. In the UK where actual OWC are more common there's slightly more to it, but it's still not enough to worry about in my opinion.
Glenn Elliott

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