The following wines were served at the Third Form Dinner at White’s in London having been donated by members of the club. At the dinner we raised a glass to the late and much missed fellow club member Tim Stanley-Clark.    

Graham 1985 ****

Mid-deep pinkish youthful colour, just starting to brown on the rim; lovely ripe, dark cherry fruit on the nose and on the palate, very expressive, firm, spicy tannins though perhaps a touch on the lean side for Graham, though 1985 was a ripe vintage, lovely, pure, sweet berry fruit finish. Perfect to drink now and  standing up very well.  17    

Berry’s Own Selection Vintage Port, 1977 **/***

Sourced from Quarles Harris: mid-deep in colour, still retaining a youthful hue; rather rustic in character on the nose with some rather grubby spirit showing through the fruit; simple rather medicinal, bitter-sweet cherry fruit with the rusticity showing though again mid-palate, retaining a modicum of tannic grip but rather simple on the finish. 14.5     



19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty