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by winesecretary
23:42 Sun 29 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 101

1966 Warre

+ 15 mins Hint of garrigue, plus some not-too-sweet boiled sweet, on the nose. Congruent palate, hybrid of herbal liqueur and a old fashioned cough sweet. Also some rose hip on the finish. 'Granny's patent medicine' commented my co-taster, 'and very nice too'. + 90 mins More cherries on the nose, th...
by winesecretary
00:22 Thu 26 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5376

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

@ Alex - Would be really nice to get Johnny Graham out to play. The 2000 Churchill was absolutely gobsmacking when I had it early this year.
by winesecretary
23:40 Wed 25 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vingardevalise
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: Vingardevalise

Grande order placed. It is one of a very small number of luggage lust objects for me and I have wanted one for years and my existing suitcase is on its last legs and I'm off to Madeira for January and... so many reasons...
by winesecretary
12:38 Wed 25 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Quinta de la Rosa
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: 1994 Quinta de la Rosa

Middling red, looks mature. Hint of violet on the nose then gorgeous red fruits, congruent throughout, from nose to palate to finish. Spicy. Bags of time left. Very good port indeed, a fine advertisement for the 1994 vintage.

Consumed 1900-2130 24/11/20
by winesecretary
12:33 Wed 25 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Quinta de la Rosa (Waitrose)
Replies: 1
Views: 82

Re: 2015 Quinta de la Rosa (Waitrose)

Nose quite dumb. Exuberant red fruit on front palate. Waves of fresh blackcurrant towards the end, and on the warming the finish. Attractive port, but very young.

Consumed 1900-2130 24/11/20
by winesecretary
00:23 Wed 25 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5376

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

That was a great fun evening, with informative and amusing commentary from Sophia and the audience, and some delicious ports. It was lovely to see you all.
by winesecretary
21:13 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Quinta de la Rosa
Replies: 0
Views: 250

1991 Quinta de la Rosa

+ 2 hrs Full deep rich red, barely paling at the rim. Quite subdued nose, mainly of mint. In the mouth, voluptuous, no other word quite captures the big velvety pillows of lush red fruit. Full, then a flash of cointreau towards the finish, then mulled orange in red wine stuffed with cloves, then a l...
by winesecretary
22:39 Mon 23 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Re: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion

I'd definitely go for tonight.

I believe for the 1991 horizontal tasting we double-decanted everything the night before at Tom's request - and the QdlR was one of the three winners of that. So, I've just decanted a 1991 QdlR, ostensibly for tomorrow night, although there's some sampling going on.
by winesecretary
19:56 Mon 23 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov
Replies: 31
Views: 2198

Re: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov

@JacobH - H&H 15 yr old Verdelho is £20.99 in Waitrose which is very fair.
by winesecretary
19:16 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov
Replies: 31
Views: 2198

Re: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov

H&H 15 year old Verdelho, about 25 quid for a half litre.
by winesecretary
17:33 Sat 21 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1984 Messias
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Re: 1984 Messias

+ 18 hrs Much improved. Nose more lightweight-port-like, a touch more garrigue and white pepper. Classical mature port rose-hip front palate. A bit of plum and molasses towards the spicy finish, all rather longer and more congruent than yesterday evening. This is really quite decent now, a very plea...
by winesecretary
00:09 Sat 21 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1984 Messias
Replies: 1
Views: 161

1984 Messias

Decanted very clean. A delightful clear mid-garnet, a really good-looking wine. + 1 hr Pale rim. Very faint nose. A little mint and red fruit. Front palate of Werthers Original, then some tinned strawberries, a bit of heat after. Pleasant, mildly spicy and peppery (also hint of red bell pepper), but...
by winesecretary
20:18 Fri 20 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov
Replies: 31
Views: 2198

Re: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov

Glenn's response happily demonstrates that there is a madeira for every palate, which is one of the most pleasing things about it. Malvasia not being generally to my taste I have only four bottles in my Madeira collection; - a 1996 Colheita from D'Oliveira's; which is much more to my taste than the ...
by winesecretary
16:40 Fri 20 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov
Replies: 31
Views: 2198

Re: VWP Blandy’s Madeira virtual tasting 19th Nov

@ JacobH - I'm going to be spending most of January in Madeira. Since the 1990s I have usually put in a week or two there in January but England is so grey and miserable at the moment that this time I am intending to be there almost the whole month. It will make virtual hearings more bearable. - Mad...
by winesecretary
00:17 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: LBV Roundup

@rich_n - the Niepoort 2015 LBV is really very good, a significant advance on the 2014. I haven't yet seen or tried the 2016 Tom adverts to above.
by winesecretary
19:20 Wed 18 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1268
Views: 341584

Re: Port for sale by retailer

@ Alex - have you had that Tesco '97? I've never tried it.
by winesecretary
00:14 Wed 18 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita

+95 hours Distinctly brown wine now. Nose interestingly maderised, an attractive (no, really) sauerkraut hint. On the palate nuts predominate with some prune and fig later. Finish long, warming, complex and dark. If more was available at a vaguely sensible price, I'd acquire more. While it's not por...
by winesecretary
22:26 Mon 16 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita

+70 hours (I should say: stored in 'fridge in original bottle throughout)

Nose similar; palate more like a sweeter madeira, or even a really serious sweeter sherry, now. This is not negative criticism. It's fascinating to drink. Finish is similar, but longer.
by winesecretary
00:01 Mon 16 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita

+48 hrs Darkened a little. Nose more redolent of rich fruits- I was helping my girlfriend make a Christmas cake earlier and the kilo of dried fruit, marinated in a a quarter-pint of each of rum and cointreau, then combined with brown sugar and half a pound of butter and slowly heated, had a similar ...
by winesecretary
23:56 Fri 13 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita

Further internet researches suggest three different labels exist (and at least two different bottling dates, 1981 and 1989). Mine does not feature the bottling date, which the 1981 bottling seems to. There appear to be extant 1967 and 1969 colheitas with the same style label as the one I have.
by winesecretary
23:31 Fri 13 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1940 Quarles Harris Colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 415

1940 Quarles Harris Colheita

...well I presume it's a colheita, because it's a single vintage wine with no bottling date but the label looks 1980s. Not a t-cork like the another ostensibly similar bottle someone made a note on 10 years ago or more but equally definitely not a long cork. Came out more or less whole. 30 minute de...
by winesecretary
23:13 Thu 12 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1998 Churchill Quinta Da Agua Alta
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: 1998 Churchill Quinta Da Agua Alta

Sorry to hear your experience was less pleasant than mine. I think it points to some bottle variation...
by winesecretary
20:27 Tue 10 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: E Godwin Clayton F.I.C.
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: E Godwin Clayton F.I.C.

There's quite a bit (for a given quantity of 'quite a bit') of the Sandeman Invalid port about still, it must have been quite popular. I've seen several bottles at auction over the past few years and GN has some too. The Croft one I have not encountered!
by winesecretary
19:24 Tue 10 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1530
Views: 331910

Re: Latest buy

3 x Vesuvio 1992
3 x Niepoort 1983
3 x Smith Woodhouse 1980

These are three of my 'been hanging on to see if I could pick them up at auction' ports but I had a good result on something work-related so bought some port at retail to celebrate.