1977s, Tuesday 19 December 2017, B&F

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Re: 1977s, Tuesday 19 December 2017, B&F

Post by AHB » 15:19 Fri 29 Dec 2017

Thanks to Charles for arranging the evening. It was a great opportunity to taste a good range of wines from the vintage and to form an overall impression. Generally this is a great vintage, but is badly marred by cork taint. Lots of the ports are slightly hollow on entry but compensate for this by developing nicely on the mid-palate. Many are still showing tannins and (nearly) all are given a lovely freshness from the acidity. Gould Campbell and Smith Woodhouse continue to stand out as oddities in the vintage, dark and bold yet without the elegance that most 1977 ports show. The Warre at this tasting was the best I have ever encountered — but was a very pale colour compared to most of its peers.

In summary, this is a vintage which produced some fantastic ports but one with which the buyer has to be aware of the risk of cork taint. The best of the wines are superb.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Re: 1977s, Tuesday 19 December 2017, B&F

Post by flash_uk » 18:31 Sat 30 Dec 2017

Many thanks Charles for organising this session. I felt the ports on the night fell into one of five categories:

Young & straightfoward: GC, SW, QH

Young, powerful and superb: F, T

Elegant & refined (High Quality): Ni, G, W, O, Ck, S

Elegant & refined (OK Quality): Mg, FH, Df

Corked or otherwise flawed: Fr, Cr, D, K

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