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1977 Sandeman - Vintage Port Port Blend - Portugal - Douro - Red

Portugal - Douro

Red Port Blend
Score
92
WS 91
RH 89
JR 15.5
RP 87
Drink Dates
Comm: 1987-2017 WS: 2008-2020
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JR 15.5
Source Jancis Robinson

Relatively simple pale rose red. Licorice, faintly, on the nose. Lots of tannin still but the overall impression is of a wine that is quite unknit. Still very chewy but is there enough fruit there to see it through? Lacks middle. Some spirit evident.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2008-2020

Dark ruby-garnet. Very floral on the nose, with loads of berry character and hints of custard pie. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with a wonderful mouthfeel. Smooth and caressing, with lots of fruit. Complex finish of strawberry, coffee and custard. A real beauty. This turned out much better than I would have ever imagined. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective.

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RH 89
Source For The Love of Port
Issue Issue 20

Prune juice color with a tawny edge. Nose of menthol, anise and spirit after a solid 5 hours of decanting and two hours of drinking. There was even more alcohol early on and although it would have made this VP even more enjoyable without it, the alcohol was not too disturbing on the palate. Some cherry fruit was able to shine through while the tannins were fully resolved and just barely perceptible and the lively acidity provided the structure here. The body weight which began as light to medium, improved to a viscous full-bodied wine the next morning, however the fruit was far more subdued. I wanted to see how this would show the next day and kept a couple of ounces in the bottle to taste in the morning. The texture of this wine was gorgeous and silky and the finish, substantially long. I've not had a bottle of this in years and clearly, if it's a typical showing, the '77 Sandeman needs to be consumed in the next 5-10 years. At nearly 30, it won't get any better than it is today.

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RP 87
Source Buying Guide - 2nd Edition (1989)
Issue B4

Sandeman is one of the biggest and most conspicuous of the port houses, with extensive interests in the sherry business as well. They advertise significantly and their products are well-represented in virtually every American marketplace. The quality is quite good given the quantity of wine produced, but rarely does a Sandeman tawny or vintage port hit the true heights that a Dow, Fonseca, Taylor, or Graham will.

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Author Ronnie B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.375%
Tasted On 12/16/2013
Drink Dates 1987-2017
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Author CognacFrank
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 77.778%
Tasted On 01/08/2013

Garnet in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Nose: Raisin, Fig, Apricot, & Plum. On the palate: Blackberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Red Currant, Black currant (cassis), with Fig, Raisin, and Prune. Medium/Full bodied. Silky texture. Long finish. Lots of fruit, very smooth, and long finish make this a great old Port. Excellent with high quality chocolates, dried fruits, or all by itself.

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