1986 Graham Malvedos

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1986 Graham Malvedos

Post by jdaw1 » 10:05 Thu 07 Mar 2013

AHB was in town, and asked for company at The Bung Hole at a small blind tasting. DRT was in town, without port, so JDAW brought one for each. Later in the evening, we were randomly joined by two port novices, so a 10Y Otima was bought for comparative purposes.

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Re: 1986 Graham Malvedos

Post by jdaw1 » 10:26 Thu 07 Mar 2013

GM86, though blind to me, and decanted 8pm the previous day. Red-purple, 90% opaque. Nose had smoke and leather. Taste had the leather, though not the smoke, and lots of very dark fruit. Very long. Not old. AHB rightly said ‟sour cherries”.

I thought this young, and the leather note made me think of Gould Campbell. That’s ”“10 points for getting neither right.

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Re: 1986 Graham Malvedos

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 16:55 Thu 07 Mar 2013

Purchased ex-cellars in summer 2010. Dark red in colour, solid rim, still 99% opaque. Surprisingly little on the nose, a faint hint of strawberries and herbs but opens nicely in the glass to reveal dark chocolate and sour cherry. Sweet cherry fruit on the palate; gentle tannins which support the pronounced fruit. Lovely balance, terrific youthfulness and a promise of a long life ahead. Dry cheeks on the finish, long flavours of dark chocolate and tannins. 91/100.
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