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by Constandia
23:21 Wed 06 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash
Replies: 27
Views: 3836

Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Dia - Simon's vacated seat is yours, if you can make it. If you can, please say so here within a week. Thanks, Alex Hi Alex, sadly I'll have to miss this ever so indulging gathering. Being right at the end of our very busy Christmas period it will be all hands to the pumps... I really appreciate yo...
by Constandia
12:03 Tue 08 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thur 21st November 2019 - Rebello Valente vertical
Replies: 43
Views: 5461

Re: Thur 21st November 2019 - Rebello Valente vertical

Hello, may I be added to the reserve list please? This is a day before my 40th birthday and would love to celebrate in port style!!!
by Constandia
16:33 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Vallado
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: 2017 Vallado

So, from other threads and fellow tasters at TPF it seems this port used to be called Quinta do Vallado Adelaide, however it is recently just called Quinta do Vallado as the term Adelaide is now used for the company's dry wines to avoid confusion, so I'll add my notes here. Beautiful deep aromatic n...
by Constandia
15:36 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Crasto
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Re: 2017 Crasto

Not as intense as other ports from the vintage but is this a bad thing? Raspberries and violets, I found the alcoholic nose interfered with the bouquet. Finishes medium, so for me 15/20
by Constandia
15:29 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Portal
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: 2017 Portal

Spice and black fruit, coffee beans and pepper, with medicinal notes and big, grippy tannins. Finishes medium+ and hence did not score this higher. 16/20
by Constandia
15:21 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Maynard
Replies: 4
Views: 1408

Re: 2017 Maynard

Very fruit driven with reed cherry, boiled cherry sweets, confectionery and sweet spice. Finishes long and it is a good port, perhaps for earlier drinking as this is a lighter style, seems to lack certain depth of flavour. 16/20
by Constandia
14:04 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 1501

Re: 2017 Fonseca

Deep purple colour, forest fruit, blackberry and black cherry, blueberry and blossom, cinnamon and mint. Lovely balance between the acid, well-integrated tannins and sweetness. The 2017 Fonseca displays a mouthwatering long peppery and spicy finish. 18/20
by Constandia
13:25 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Churchill Quinta da Gricha
Replies: 4
Views: 1394

Re: 2017 Churchill Quinta da Gricha

Black cherry and pronounced spices. Interesting aromas of fresh coffee beans and smoke. I found some vegetal character there (not offensive but rather strange). On the palate it's big on tannins. Although it has some interesting aromatic characteristics, I felt the alcohol is somewhat unbalanced. Th...
by Constandia
11:47 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham The Stone Terraces
Replies: 4
Views: 1515

Re: 2017 Graham The Stone Terraces

The 2017 Stone Terraces is fresh and exceptionally aromatic.What a powerhouse of a port! Great depth of aromatics with blueberry compote, black forest fruit, black and red cherry, rock rose and violets, eucalyptus and graphite. This concentration is apparent on the palate too, the tannins are robust...
by Constandia
21:22 Tue 09 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham
Replies: 4
Views: 1535

Re: 2017 Graham

Deep purple. Fresh and intense nose of black cherry, freshly-cut black grape, jammy blackberry, cocoa, pepper, violets, rock rose and perfume. The palate is filled with black forest fruit, spice and balsamic notes. The sweetness, alcohol, acidity and high but soft tannins are superbly balanced. The ...
by Constandia
20:51 Tue 09 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Niepoort
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: 2017 Niepoort

The nose shows floral aromatics, with blossom, black cherry, chocolate and hints of spice. This is packed with fruit on the palate with blackberry, cherries and raspberries. I found the tannins evident and grippy without being offensive but supporting the wine's longevity. The finish is long with th...
by Constandia
23:35 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 1438

Re: 2017 Taylor

Beautiful nose. Iinitially raspberry compote, followed by wild red berries, dark forest fruit and defined aromas of violet, bell pepper, menthol and spice. Fresh and mouthwatering on the palate, this is full bodied but with a velvety mouthfeel. Layers upon layers of perfume, fruit and spice evolve a...
by Constandia
23:17 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Dow
Replies: 4
Views: 1545

Re: 2017 Dow

Very deep, impenetrable dark colour. The Symington family have done a great job extracting colour and flavour components to the max! Production was tiny and it shows, this port is concentrated as anything. Floral aromas of violet and rockrose, intense dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry, cassis, da...
by Constandia
22:42 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Sequeira
Replies: 4
Views: 1793

Re: 2017 Sequeira

Purity of red and black fruit- mainly raspberry and strawberry but also blackberry. The acidity is nicely balanced by the sweet fruit leading to a long finish. This is nice in its simplicity. 14.5/20
by Constandia
17:51 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Ramos Pinto
Replies: 4
Views: 1239

Re: 2017 Ramos Pinto

Lovely red and black fruit on the nose, interestignly watermelon, eucalyptus, milk chocolate and sweet spice. Full bodied with grippy tannins but with a certain freshness and a long finish 17.5/20
by Constandia
17:37 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Pocas
Replies: 5
Views: 2134

Re: 2017 Pocas

Deep purple with ripe red cherry, blackberry and tobacco. Big but smooth tannins and with very nicely concentrated fruit and a good long finish with very intresting mid palate. I'd like to try this in the future. 18/20
by Constandia
17:31 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Martha
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Re: 2017 Martha

Deep purple, unusual nose of red fruit and marzipan, felt slightly over-ripe, intensely tannic with a bitter hint on the aftertaste which left a drying sensation. Finishes medium+ 15.5/20
by Constandia
17:28 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Vale Meao
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

Re: 2017 Vale Meao

Interesting nose of red and black fruit, menthol and smoke. Quite rich on the palate with black and red fruit, floral elements, lovely port with a long fresh finish and evolving flavour characteristics. 18/20
by Constandia
16:43 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Burmester
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Re: 2017 Burmester

Deep purple, freshly-cut ripe red fruit; starwberry, raspberry, cocoa, mentol, eucalpytus, rockrose and violets. I liked its balancing acidity a lot, with plenty but well intergrated tannins and a long lingering finish. A classic taste! 17.5/20
by Constandia
16:07 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 4647

Re: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019

Thank you very much for such an interesting and informative event. Most ports were fascinating and complex with high levels of fruit concentration. I felt the tannins although very much present were soft and gave an enormous hidden support towards the structure and longevity of the wines. Very balan...
by Constandia
16:06 Thu 20 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 18822

Re: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports

NickA wrote:
08:31 Mon 03 Jun 2019
Could I be added please? Certainly I've written many a note before now, and have just worked my way through 6 16s so lots of relevant practice :-)
Hello, apologies for the late reply. I do hope you can still make it although it's a short notice- we have included you to the
attendees :)
by Constandia
10:07 Thu 20 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 18822

Re: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports

I am both delighted and disappointed to have to withdraw from this one. The 2016 version of this was a wonderful tasting and I am gutted to no be able to compare with the 2017s, particularly with the back to back nature of the vintage declarations. But, I am delighted because we finally managed to ...
by Constandia
09:43 Thu 20 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal
Replies: 34
Views: 10599

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

Would love to attend please but will have to adopt I'm afraid. Many thanks.
by Constandia
18:28 Tue 28 May 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 18822

Re: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports

rich_n wrote:
11:38 Tue 28 May 2019
I have just been speaking to Dia at VWP and she mentioned this - I'm very keen to attend if possible! I will be up in London for work so will definitely make that evening available to join if I may.
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Rich, glad you can make it. It will be great to see you there. Cheers, Dia
by Constandia
18:26 Tue 28 May 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 18822

Re: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports

Yes please! Would love to try as many 2017s as possible. I promise to post my notes! Thank you :)