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by winesecretary
12:47 Mon 30 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1979 Warre LBV (Unfiltered)
Replies: 0
Views: 28

1979 Warre LBV (Unfiltered)

Bottled 1984. Level i.n.. Almost no sediment on decant. 60% opaque rich red juice- a fine looking port. Herbaceous nose, slightly underwhelming, promising less than it delivers. Some dates early, and delicious red cherry flavours mid-palate. Very long warm finish with touch of orange. Lovely balance...
by winesecretary
12:38 Mon 30 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 82

Re: Another virtual tasting

Yes please. I couldn't do Wednesday 1st, the toad work. Tuesday 7th April I would be there, with my port ready-decanted and an expectant expression. I might even put on a dinner jacket although, alas, no cat will be available to assist me with the tasting.
by winesecretary
18:26 Sun 29 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 49

1995 Taylor Vargellas

Half bottle. 60% opaque. Fairly spirity when first popped and decanted and not a great pleasure to drink. Dramatic amounts of sediment. After 72 hours in a decanter in the fridge, almond and cherry blossom on the nose (really!). Morello cherry jam and later rosehip syrup on the palate. Warm but not ...
by winesecretary
10:33 Sun 29 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: Lockdown Drinking

Being drunk in stages over the next few days... - Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2012, Maison Belle Lies - Warre 1979 LBV (unfiltered) (Bottled 1984) Already consumed over the past week... - Chateau Musar 2011, half - T83 There were some really fine wines flowing over my tonsils in the 14 day period before ...
by winesecretary
12:37 Sat 28 Mar 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9600
Views: 585997

Re: One quiz at a time

All the wines scored points?
by winesecretary
09:48 Sat 28 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1437
Views: 230483

Re: Latest buy

I think I was bidding in the same sale as Tom (on different lots). Croft 91 at £31/bt all in and Fonseca 92 at £50/bt... I'm very happy with those.
by winesecretary
00:22 Fri 27 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 6264

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

It was enormous fun. I must confess it was my first video-conference on Zoom ever (although I have had three more today, two of which also involved cats intruding, although neither in my view as fine as Charles's). I got to meet (virtually) Simon for the first time, which was great, and our intended...
by winesecretary
17:08 Wed 25 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 6264

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Mine decanted 1300 today- an advantage of working at home is that decanting at crack of dawn before going to work is not a logistical necessity.
by winesecretary
21:41 Tue 24 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1437
Views: 230483

Re: Latest buy

3 x Vargellas 1995 en demi
3 x Croft Roeda 2005 en demi

...both from Tanners as part of a selection of half bottles of wine for drinking solus over the next few weeks/months.
by winesecretary
17:36 Mon 23 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 209

1963 Taylor

Unknown UK bottler, level base of neck. Cork came out cleanly with Durand. Wine was 50% opaque with a yellow-green rim. Very herbaceous - garrigue - on the nose. Alcohol prominent. Lots of swirling released some cherry and chocolate notes. Marzipan on the mid-palate, cranberry and cherry stone on th...
by winesecretary
22:35 Sat 21 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 114

1970 Taylor

Wine Society bottling, level half way up neck. Opened and decanted for four hours [to replace a disappointing Dow 1985]. A deep rich red, 60% opaque. Gloriously clear liquid. On the nose, christmas pudding, bit of sage, merest hint of pear drop. Garden herbs on the front palate, then a rich wash of ...
by winesecretary
19:11 Fri 20 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 6264

Re: Cancelled - Wed 25th March 2020

Alex, I also am up for a virtual tasting on the 25th, since we are otherwise unlikely to be able to drink port together for a while.
by winesecretary
14:58 Wed 18 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE-Day Tasting?
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: VE-Day Tasting?

I would be keen but am similarly 45-less. would be prepared to adopt, and will similarly hunt. If it is extended, from the rationing years I have just a single bottle of Dow 1950.
by winesecretary
18:06 Fri 13 Mar 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9600
Views: 585997

Re: One quiz at a time

Vale Dona Maria
by winesecretary
23:08 Sat 07 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 1951

Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Slightly more purple in the re. Still 90% opaque. The eucalyptus has faded and there are more forest fruits on the nose. A hint of mint. Still pretty muted. Front and mid palate has filled out a bit, black-fruit dominant, but the big chocolate tannins still dominate the finish. I do wonder whether t...
by winesecretary
17:57 Sat 07 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1437
Views: 230483

Re: Latest buy

9 bottles of 2000 Niepoort Secundum. I have been much enjoying the halves of Fortnum & Mason 2000 that I have been drinking (which is Secundum also); I find the higher total acidity and very slightly lower sugar level refreshing.
by winesecretary
00:45 Sat 07 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist
Replies: 5
Views: 2461

Re: Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist

Idly reviewing this very old thread: the father of a school-friend was an Anglican missionary in Africa (where wine tended to spoil unless fortified) until middle age. In his later years he was a hospital chaplain in England and as was his habit he used a good sound LBV for sacramental purposes. I u...
by winesecretary
23:48 Fri 06 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 1951

1983 Smith Woodhouse

Decanting sample from a bottle opened for the weekend. 90% opaque red juice. Eucalyptus and dusty red cherry on the nose. Little fruit on the mid-palate, dominated by tannins. Tobacco and - is that lemon? - late. In truth this is pretty obdurate, and not a pleasure to drink right now. I'm going to l...
by winesecretary
21:33 Tue 03 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Martinez
Replies: 1
Views: 2150

Re: 1985 Martinez

Most of the bottle having been preserved in a half-litre bottle in the fridge for the past week (I know! The restraint!) the same tasters are revisiting it this evening. Darkened a little. Still dried fig, but less herbaceous on the nose. On the mid- palate, figs appear early, mid-palate more poache...
by winesecretary
14:08 Tue 03 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ideas for tastings
Replies: 41
Views: 7515

Re: Ideas for tastings

I have only Mackenzie 1955
I have only Dow 1950

That was easy...
by winesecretary
18:37 Mon 02 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Standard Food Order
Replies: 38
Views: 21811

Re: The Standard Food Order

Post-menu-change please can my standard food order be amended to

Starter: Burrata on toast, burnt orange, heritage tomato, crushed coriander and fennel seed dressing
Main: Sirloin 220g, aged for 28 days, served with green salad
Side: Chips
Pudding: Treacle Tart
by winesecretary
22:30 Sun 01 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Gould Campbell
Replies: 1
Views: 2026

Re: 1980 Gould Campbell

A bonus (or, depending on your perspective on the Sandeman 1955, consolation) half bottle popped, decanted, and poured. I confess to only limited recall of this, on which I made no written notes, but I do recall it was a good mature red, figgy on the palate, entirely sippable (indeed, quaffable) and...
by winesecretary
22:25 Sun 01 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Sandeman
Replies: 2
Views: 1851

Re: 1955 Sandeman

30% opaque. Pale pink with some orange, Spirity nose with some tobacco. Warm orange on the palate. Drying out but with some interest still. Hint of sweet chili on the finish. A slightly flawed bottle; more than merely drinkable; but I cannot see this wine as being anything other than on the downward...
by winesecretary
22:22 Sun 01 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Taylor
Replies: 2
Views: 1848

Re: 1980 Taylor

80% opaque with a slightly orange rim. Violets on the nose- clearly Taylors. In the mouth- oh, that's very good stuff. Chewy with rich dark fruits. Very long. I guessed 1985 Taylor, since I've never tasted a 1980 Taylor close in quality to this. My WOTN, and a close second for the group to IDJ's G70...
by winesecretary
22:17 Sun 01 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Graham
Replies: 2
Views: 1742

Re: 1970 Graham

Distinctly red wine. Some rubber and varnish on the nose, but that blew off. Very reminiscent of the Graham 1970 I had at New Year, but with the good qualities (rich sweet poached red fruits and red liquorice) better displayed, and the difficulties (rubbery quality) very much less pronounced. This i...