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WTN: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:45 pm


Hi Forumites! I have been exchanging a few PM's with Otto concerning my interest in sherry, as he had provided me with a recommendation for one of his favorites recently. I purchased a few bottles and opened one last night to evaluate on my own before serving it to our guests. The following is my TN which Otto strongly encouraged me to post on the boards ;) It is my first ever TN, not at all "Parkerite" according to O, and I present it for your evaluation.
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Gonzales-Byass VORS Apostoles Palo Cortado Sherry

The appearance of this sherry in my crystal held before candlelight dazzled me with the depth and allure of an enormous, precious topaz; a shimmering pool of Jurassic amber. What an intense and captivating nose! It wouldn't release me! I felt as though all my senses were bathed in warm honey and caramels and the scent continued to cling to me like a rare and expensive perfume. I may even try wearing it as one! Owing to the 20% alcohol, this elegant sherry has impressive legs; long, slim, sensual and languorious. My first taste was so intense that it was difficult to put into words initially. The Spanish word for semi-sweet is 'abrocado' and it describes the balance of sweetness of this sherry served at room temperature perfectly. It beckoned me to taste again and again, yet it compelled me to be still while it had its way with my tastebuds. I decided that a mouthful of this Palo Cortado is like a first serious kiss, embued with a passion that communicates understanding, intention and control. As for length...I stopped counting at 100 seconds and knew it would last much longer than I. It didn't disappoint!
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby Howie Hart » Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:13 pm

A fine Job. That makes me want to try this wine. Thanks for posting and we're looking forward to more!
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby JoePerry » Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:20 pm

This forum needs more tasting notes like this, and America needs more sherry-lovers like you.

Keep up the good work.

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Wow......

Postby TomHill » Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:25 pm

Deborah,
What a great TN. If I were that verbose, I'd use up all the ///'s in my computer!! :-)
You make it sound like a life-changing experience. More notes like that and Robin's Site here is gonna become XXX-rated!! You probably wouldn't want to try it has a perfume...it gets sorta sticky as it dries.
I've had this sherry and it is's a good an example of a PaloCortado as I've ever had;
though not sure I have the writing skills to use those words.
Thanks for sharing the note with us. Indeed...an auspicuous debut!!
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby AlexR » Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:40 pm

Deborah,

I've enjoyed "meeting" you on the Sunday chat and am very impressed by your first contribution.

Keep up the good work,
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby Carl Eppig » Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:54 pm

Got me excited in more ways than one!
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby David Lole » Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:19 pm

Closest thing I've read to sex in a glass! :wink:

Excellent first-up tasting note, Deborah! Congratulations.

Hope to see you in chat next Monday morning .... err ..... Sunday arvo' ...... whenever ...... :lol:
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby James Roscoe » Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:32 pm

This is the first TN I would describe as titilating. That's a good thing. Well done Deborah. I wish I could write like that. It almost makes me want to try sherry again. Maybe if you were pouring it... Oh wait, it's not that kind of forum! :lol:
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby OW Holmes » Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:33 pm

I see an incredibly sexy woman standing in the shadows, a hat brim casting a shadow over most of her face, but not her luscious lips. She is speaking these words in a low, slow, sultry voice: "precious topaz; a shimmering pool of Jurassic amber"..."the scent continued to cling to me like a rare and expensive perfume" ..."like a first serious kiss, embued with a passion that communicates understanding".... And I see it all in black and white, kind of like a Bogart film. And I love it. More!!! MORE!!!!
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby JoePerry » Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:41 pm

Can one of our female forumites help before Deborah becomes scarred for life? :shock:
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby AlexR » Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:44 pm

Hey, why not have a "wine & eroticism" thread?

Could take us places we never dreamt of... :shock:

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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby JoePerry » Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:53 pm

AlexR wrote:Hey, why not have a "wine & eroticism" thread?

Could take us places we never dreamt of... :shock:

Alex R.


Some things... some things are better left unspoken...
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:13 pm

Howie Hart wrote:A fine Job. That makes me want to try this wine. Thanks for posting and we're looking forward to more!


Thanks much for the encouragement, Howie. Compelling you to try this wine was exactly what I hoped to accomplish. :cool:
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:18 pm

JoePerry wrote:This forum needs more tasting notes like this, and America needs more sherry-lovers like you.

Keep up the good work.

Joe

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Thank you, Joe. I meant every word and truly was enthralled with this sherry. I would appreciate some of your recommendations, as I know you enjoy sherry very much as well and I have no idea where to go after this experience!

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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby Robin Garr » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:23 pm

Outstanding, Deborah! You needn't be humble, that's an ovation-rousing first effort.

To talk just a little about how we talk about wine, there are really two fundamental approaches: The purely analytical, and the personal/emotional. Both forms are valid, although you'll rarely see the latter from Parker or the Speck. You've done the personal style as well as I've ever seen it done, and I admire that.
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Re: Wow......

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:23 pm

TomHill wrote:Deborah,
What a great TN. If I were that verbose, I'd use up all the ///'s in my computer!! :-)
You make it sound like a life-changing experience. More notes like that and Robin's Site here is gonna become XXX-rated!! You probably wouldn't want to try it has a perfume...it gets sorta sticky as it dries.
I've had this sherry and it is's a good an example of a PaloCortado as I've ever had;
though not sure I have the writing skills to use those words.
Thanks for sharing the note with us. Indeed...an auspicuous debut!!
Tom

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Thank you, Tom. It truly was a life-changing experience for me, and I will never forget it. Then, sharing my first TN with all of you was all at once exhilarating and nerve-wracking! I appreciate the encouragement.

Deborah
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:30 pm

AlexR wrote:Deborah,

I've enjoyed "meeting" you on the Sunday chat and am very impressed by your first contribution.

Keep up the good work,
All the best,
Alex R.

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I enjoyed "meeting" you too, Alex. We northerner's have to stick together! :) Thank you for your kind words as well, they meant a lot to me. As I am still very much a novice, I can scarcely believe that my TN could have impressed but I thank you for taking the time to encourage my effort.

Sincerely,
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:37 pm

Carl Eppig (Middleton, NH wrote:Got me excited in more ways than one!


Oh, my goodness, Carl. :oops: If I unintentionally contributed at all, I do hope your inamorata was left feeling as sated by the end of the evening as GB's Palo Cortado left me! :cool:
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:44 pm

David Lole wrote:Closest thing I've read to sex in a glass! :wink:

Excellent first-up tasting note, Deborah! Congratulations.

Hope to see you in chat next Monday morning .... err ..... Sunday arvo' ...... whenever ...... :lol:

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Thank you kindly, David! It was definitely a memorable experience. It is true what they say...you never forget your first one. This sherry turned me upside down. I can hardly believe I've waited this long to have the privilege of enjoying this level of "intimacy" with a wine before! I hope to see all of you on Sunday as well.
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:51 pm

James Roscoe wrote:This is the first TN I would describe as titilating. That's a good thing. Well done Deborah. I wish I could write like that. It almost makes me want to try sherry again. Maybe if you were pouring it... Oh wait, it's not that kind of forum! :lol:

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Trust me, James, a confident woman never minds any effort of hers being referred to as titilating and knows it is a good thing, when wielded with discretion, of course ;) Seriously, thank you very much for the comments, as I value yours very much, and hope I truly have encouraged you to try sherry again!

Sincerely,
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:07 pm

OW Holmes wrote:I see an incredibly sexy woman standing in the shadows, a hat brim casting a shadow over most of her face, but not her luscious lips. She is speaking these words in a low, slow, sultry voice: "precious topaz; a shimmering pool of Jurassic amber"..."the scent continued to cling to me like a rare and expensive perfume" ..."like a first serious kiss, embued with a passion that communicates understanding".... And I see it all in black and white, kind of like a Bogart film. And I love it. More!!! MORE!!!!

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Why, thank you kind sir. You made my night, Mr. Holmes! To have put my heartfelt words in the context of a Bogart film noir...I'm stunned with your capacity to understand exactly where I was emotionally with this tasting. Were you peeking in my window? As an aside, there has never been, nor could there ever be, another Bogie. He was, to me, the consummate actor and professional. I also agree with you that B/W movies conveyed a depth and stark realism that color never can. As pretty as they may be to watch, they have little true depth. That is only seen when one strips away the distractions of decoration and leaves the nakedness of our wanting mortality behind. :cool:
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby DebA » Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:08 pm

JoePerry wrote:Can one of our female forumites help before Deborah becomes scarred for life? :shock:


Too late, Joe...lol! Thanks for the thought though! :cool:
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby John Tomasso » Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:10 pm

Deborah Ackerman wrote:Compelling you to try this wine was exactly what I hoped to accomplish


Try it? I want to bathe in it!

Seriously, nice tasting note. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: Humbly Submitted - A Debut TN

Postby OW Holmes » Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:13 pm

Oh boy. "The nakedness of our wanting mortality..." WOW!!!
I could care less what topic you select. Just keep writing.....
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