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by winesecretary
22:36 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 194
Views: 55423

Re: Pointless Statistics

I too have fallen in love with the sheer vinosity of Dirk-era Niepoort ports, and so my next pointless statistics update at year end will undoubtedly show a dramatic uptick in its presence in my cellar.
by winesecretary
22:30 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Niepoort LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 36

2015 Niepoort LBV

Bottled 2019. +30 mins 95% opaque red juice. Red berry compote on nose, hint of warmth, passion fruit after a while. Panda liquorice on the front palate, then some loganberry, then cranberry muffin later. Lingering fruity finish. Fresh. Discernible but pleasant tannins. Some wood, very late. +24 hou...
by winesecretary
22:10 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2014 Niepoort LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 25

2014 Niepoort LBV

Bottled 2019 +30 mins 90% opaque red rimmed wine. Nose a little dumb, some restrained red fruits. Big, slightly hot, red plum on the palate. Finish has a good deal of tannin showing. More attractive to drink now, however, than this sparse note suggests. +24 hours Appearance as before. Slightly dusty...
by winesecretary
21:53 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 194
Views: 55423

Re: Pointless Statistics

Am interested to see Churchill at 6 on your list. That I would not have predicted!
by winesecretary
21:50 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1453
Views: 253727

Re: Latest buy

I also am drawing a blank on recent auction purchases (just two bottles of burgundy since early April). Post-virus madness seems to be infecting the markets. Instead I have been hoovering up at retail bottles I have tried and considered to be underpriced After buying a case of 2000 Sainsbury's TTD o...
by winesecretary
21:37 Wed 01 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1982 Churchill
Replies: 0
Views: 68

1982 Churchill

On opening 70% opaque red juice. nose hot. Palate hot and acrid. Judgment reserved. + 8 hours 70% opaque. Showy legs. Still a little hot on the nose, some violets appearing. Lovely cherry and plum on the palate. Medium length finish. +32 hours 70% opaque. Nose of plum and prune and fruit cake. No hi...
by winesecretary
18:15 Wed 01 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2237

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Thank you all once again for a lovely evening. These tastings have been a lifeline through a fairly difficult few months.
by winesecretary
11:28 Tue 30 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2237

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Churchill 1982 opened and double-decanted. Cork saturated. Lots of heat on the nose. Tasting sample hot and acrid. Hmmm. I'll leave it to see, but it's 50:50 whether I'll end up drinking the remaining 2/3 of the Sainsbury's TTD 2000 instead.
by winesecretary
21:43 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference
Replies: 0
Views: 109

2000 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference

This has obviously been recorked, and fairly recently at that, the cork end is barely coloured at all. The new cork is hard to get out- no need for the Durand I foolishly used to try extract the cork (and damaged in the process). - P'n'P to 2 hours thereafter 85% opaque red juice, hint of maturing a...
by winesecretary
20:30 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Niepoort
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: 2015 Niepoort

@ H_Sterling - you have yourself a fine port IMHO.

I have not tasted the 2015 Bioma. But I do have 3 bottles...
by winesecretary
20:16 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2237

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Several of us seem to be going for 1980s port.
by winesecretary
17:12 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1196
Views: 275958

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Symington Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 2000 & GM 2006 - not available in Holborn or TCR Sainsbury's. The former was, and the latter still is, available in Angel Sainsbury's.
by winesecretary
16:40 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Niepoort
Replies: 4
Views: 213

2015 Niepoort

From half bottle. Popped and poured for a guest to have something with the cheese. The cheese was largely ignored while the glass of port was consumed. Entirely opaque, red rim. Nose of poached pears, almost eau de vie de poire william. Very vinous wine, exuberant blackcurrant flavours, like a super...
by winesecretary
08:56 Fri 26 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2237

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

I confirm arrival, yesterday. Thank you!
by winesecretary
12:57 Thu 25 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2014 Churchill
Replies: 0
Views: 109

2014 Churchill

From half bottle. +15 mins decant 95% opaque red-purple juice. On the nose warm sage and a wash of red berries- really rather attractive, if a bit obvious. On the palate, considerable breadth of young fruit flavour- blackcurrant, loganberry, raspberry each presenting distinctly one after the other. ...
by winesecretary
12:29 Thu 25 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2237

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

To enable replication I have been waiting for Ampulla to reopen their online shop which has now happened. All, are these the most appropriate containers for samples?

https://ampulla.co.uk/shop/plastic/clea ... inium-cap/
by winesecretary
10:06 Wed 24 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2237

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

@flash_uk - something from the eighties it is. Churchill 1982, your time has come.
by winesecretary
22:14 Tue 23 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2237

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

I am vacillating between a Kopke Colheita 1977 and a Churchill 1982. Either of them will have to really outperform to come close to last week's C&B bottling of Warre 1970.
by winesecretary
15:36 Tue 23 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 24
Views: 2534

Re: Cellar Defenders

Cellar defenders are a good and necessary thing, and I find particularly help prevent midweek port infanticide when one wants just a glass or two of something rich. They are often things I buy to make up an order from somewhere up to the minimum for free delivery or (like the fabled Croft 2004 LBV a...
by winesecretary
15:21 Mon 22 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical
Replies: 41
Views: 3212

Re: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical

That is a very fine (and rare!) sight to see... hurrah for Taylor's, Adrian Bridge, Mentzendorff, Corney & Barrow, Ed Pilkington, and nac.
by winesecretary
22:12 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Croft Roeda
Replies: 0
Views: 173

2005 Croft Roeda

From half. +48 hours 90% opaque, red rim Nose: distinct note of victoria plum crumble. Palate: attractive warm rich red and black fruits jostling quite aggressively in a mixed fruit cobbler Finish: warm and rich black fruits, pleasing hint of prune at the end. I certainly wouldn't have spotted it as...
by winesecretary
22:10 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Croft Roeda
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

Re: 2005 Croft Roeda

Note 21/06/20 - another half from the same case distinctly better; this note annotated accordingly.
by winesecretary
21:36 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2003 Messias Colheita
Replies: 0
Views: 122

2003 Messias Colheita

Half bottle. Bottled 2013 +30 mins Pink - almost Turkish delight colour- with orange rim. Gloopy. Almonds, marmalade, heat on nose Palate quite fiery, dried, but very sweet, taste of cherries that have been marinated in plum brandy (not kirsch). My co-taster commented "high quality fruit-infused boi...
by winesecretary
17:58 Thu 18 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2002 Calem Colheita
Replies: 0
Views: 145

2002 Calem Colheita

Bottled 2019 Reddish brown wine with obvious tears. Nose of turkish delight, jamaica ginger cake, sultanas, hint of something a little hot - VA? - at first but that soon blew off. Caressing texture in the mouth, even a hint of cake mix at first, creamed demerara sugar and butter. Then kirsch, chocol...