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Sunday, 15 July 2012

PORT WINE SPECIAL - CALEM VINTAGE 1985


Founded in 1859 by Antonio Alves Calem, the company back then exported wines to Brazil and brought back exotic woods in return. All this was done by their own fleet of ships and this is why the company logo still features the 3-masted 'Caravel'.

Porto Calem was family owned for 4 generation, but is owned today by Sogevinus, SGPS, SA who also owns several companies within the Port and DOC Douro wine trade. They also run a distribution network and several tourist projects with in the Port trade.


CALEM VINTAGE 1985 20%

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Decanted 4 hours:

Appearance:
Slightly unclear, Deep dark red with a slight hint of orange to the edge

Nose:
A little alcohol, some dampened down wine, prune juice?

Taste:
Again pretty closed, but loads of dark berries lurking in the background, no real alcohol attack as on the nose - just a nice hot berry feel to it. Real fruit concentrate!

Finish:
Way above average IMHO - and better than the reviews it's been getting, I think Also Slightly tannic/drying on the finish - I like the laid back style to this one...

Note:
Don't chill this one too much - it'll loose it's complexity!

Comments:
I like this - alot!

24 hours after decanting:

An entirely different beast on the nose

Nose:
It's gone all traditional earthen-floor dunnage warehouse with a slightly chemical hint to it (in a strange, but good way!) A little alcohol + the fruits have almost disappeared with only few dark but concentrated berries left. Also maybe some exotic spices to be found, like the ones you get in a good curry? The prune juice from yesterday has completely gone.

Taste:
Now extremely mild, the grapes seems fantastically integrated with the alcohol, some would maybe even say one-dimensional?? But I like it! If you think a slight bitter blackcurrant marmalade...?

Finish:
More from the taste goes here - but with a tannic hit/drying that prolongs notes from the taste

87/100!

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