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by winesecretary
23:37 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: ???? Unknown (Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton and Co)
Replies: 4
Views: 1229

Re: ???? Unknown (Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton and Co)

The above tasting note is of a madeira not a port. Two sets of clues: one in the name of the shipper... Shortridge Lawton were a fairly obscure Madeira shipper founded 1757 but, for me, really flowering in the Victorian and Edwardian era. They joined the MWC early. Fun fact: I understand they were t...
by winesecretary
10:50 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 42

2017 Fonseca

90% opaque. Full and sweet but with reassuringly dry tannins on the finish that assure long life. The balance was excellent. Tasted 5 June 2019.
by winesecretary
10:49 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 28

2017 Taylor

85% opaque. A touch of spirit but bags of fruit. Lovely fine-grained tannins. Tasted 5 June 2019.
by winesecretary
10:48 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Noval
Replies: 0
Views: 26

2017 Quinta do Noval

85% opaque. Good fruit but felt a touch spirity to me by comparison with its more luscious peers. Tasted 5 June 2019.
by winesecretary
10:46 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 29

2017 Graham

100% opaque. Astonishing nose of passion fruit, with some fruit cake in support. Rich full, long-finishing 'serious port'. My WOTN. Tasted 5 June 2019.
by winesecretary
10:45 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Portal
Replies: 0
Views: 26

2017 Quinta do Portal

An inky black, 95% opaque, glass-stainer. Really very fine this year. Powerful fruit and chocolatey tannins. Magnificent port. Tasted 5 June 2019.
by winesecretary
10:43 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Croft
Replies: 0
Views: 25

2017 Croft

Crimson, perhaps 80% opaque. A bit hotter on the palate than its peers, tasted alongside. Very pleasant fruit but not a heavyweight. Tasted 5 June 2019.
by winesecretary
10:42 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Cockburn
Replies: 0
Views: 22

2017 Cockburn

Glass-staining 90% opaque liquid with a slightly volatile and liquorice-scented nose. A bit of heat on the mid-palate but otherwise smooth rich sweet fruit. Long finish. Very nice port indeed. A slight doubt in my mind about whether it has the depth for the very long term, but that is an observation...
by winesecretary
16:11 Wed 14 Aug 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 15th August
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Thursday 15th August

Sincere regrets proffered - a very busy week for me and the work nowhere near half done.
by winesecretary
12:12 Sat 10 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 80

1966 Graham

A recent auction acquisition with a mid shoulder fill and a slightly raised cork, so condemned to early opening. Pleasingly little loose sediment on decanting (for 1 hr before starting to drink). A gorgeous garnet colour, 30% opaque. Rich fruit nose, principally poached strawberries. More sweetened ...
by winesecretary
14:50 Fri 02 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)
Replies: 20
Views: 982

Re: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

[Excluding, as not VP, the half bottle of Graham Malvedos 2001 (luscious) consumed with a friend on Tuesday 30 July] the last was the bottle of Warre 1977 consumed with two friends on Friday 26 July (pale now, and, in bottle size, I think towards the end of its drinking window, but a lovely fragrant...
by winesecretary
11:21 Tue 30 Jul 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 27
Views: 1186

Re: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F

@forest26 - on the list
@nac - first reserve, but statistically extremely likely to be promoted idc - so I would be most grateful if you could diarise and reserve a bottle of CkC for us
@NickA - thanks, first post updated to FG
by winesecretary
21:36 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Taylor
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: 1992 Taylor

23 hours on: no change to colour or opacity. Even more herbaceous on the nose, with more poached plum and pepper. The explosion of fruit is still there early on in the palate but it has darkened, there's loganberry, blackberry, and some liquorice (of the tooth-destroying 'Bassetti stick' variety, ra...
by winesecretary
15:54 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV Adega de Favaios Moscatel du Setubal
Replies: 0
Views: 442

NV Adega de Favaios Moscatel du Setubal

Light brown clear shade. On the palate a light, sweet, pleasant, but not exceptional example of the genre, a bit monochromatic in its exalted company. Also, suffered from being served with out any accompanying food, I feel.
by winesecretary
15:52 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1957 D'Oliveira Old Wine Meio Doce
Replies: 0
Views: 287

1957 D'Oliveira Old Wine Meio Doce

Bottled late 1970s (JNV selo). Clear golden brown with an orange rim. VA mercifully not too high. On the nose, extremely nutty. Long and full on the palate, with a minutes-long finish. An great example of what Tinta Negra Mole can produce in the right hands and with the right level of ageing- I have...
by winesecretary
15:50 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Fortnum and Mason
Replies: 0
Views: 303

2001 Fortnum and Mason

Fine legs. Youngish with prominent dark fruits. A touch short on the finish, but nevertheless real port. Tasted blind, guessed to be Niepoort 1991. [In fact, likely to be Niepoort Secundum 2001.] Tasted 21/05/19
by winesecretary
15:49 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Fonseca Bin 27
Replies: 0
Views: 299

NV Fonseca Bin 27

1980s bottling. 70% opaque, but very bright in the glass. Note of varnish on the nose, but some impressive length of fruit on the palate, albeit overall at the accessible end of things. Tasted blind, my guess that this was Graham from a minor vintage like 1975, so a pretty good showing. Tasted 21/05...
by winesecretary
15:48 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Marks and Spencer
Replies: 0
Views: 301

2007 Marks and Spencer

80% opaque with a slight haze. Young, full throated, spirity port with lots of liquorice on the mid-palate. Warm, longish finish. Tasted blind, and fooled by the spirity quality, I thought this might be a Taylor VP. So, pretty good stuff if you can get it. 21/05/19.
by winesecretary
15:46 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham Crusted 1985
Replies: 0
Views: 305

NV Graham Crusted 1985

40% opaque. Murky, browning liquid. Slightly spirity nose without fruit. Better on the palate, finer and more resolved. But no pleasure to drink. Not really 'wrong', just past its best. Blind, guessed (by me) to be a 1975. Tasted 21/05/19.
by winesecretary
15:45 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta de Lamelas 20 YO Tawny
Replies: 0
Views: 294

NV Quinta de Lamelas 20 YO Tawny

I must confess I have no tasting note on this other than 'very pleasant'. But I must plead that this was the third 'bonus bottle' of a night among a fairly small group. I do remember that the donor was a good sport on being presented with a blind tasting challenge. Tasted 21/05/19.
by winesecretary
15:43 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Mourao 30 YO Tawny (S. Leonardo)
Replies: 0
Views: 305

NV Quinta do Mourao 30 YO Tawny (S. Leonardo)

Noted towards the end of an evening, this was a rather lovely tawny of the richer variety. It reminded me again of the qualitative step-up between 20 and 30 yr old tawny ports. Tasted 21/05/19.
by winesecretary
15:40 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1968 Quinta do Noval Colheita
Replies: 2
Views: 222

1968 Quinta do Noval Colheita

A remarkable full rich amber colour. Wonderful length and depth. Try it if you can! Tasted blind, I was not wholly sure what it was (Maury Mas Amiel from the 1970s or 1980s? Very old fine Moscatel de Setubal?). But, I was sure that it was extremely good. The #2 WOTN.
by winesecretary
15:36 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Berry's Own Selection
Replies: 0
Views: 330

1977 Berry's Own Selection

Shipped by Quarles Harris. Decanted 1230, consumed 1830-2230. Glorious garnet colour. Fine legs. On the front palate a hint of poached plums in a spiced syrup (hint of star anise?). And with a rather lovely peppery note on the finish. Very good port. #1 WOTN. Tasted 21/05/19
by winesecretary
15:08 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: An Informal Offline, 21st May 2019, at the B&F
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: An Informal Offline, 21st May 2019, at the B&F

My first TPF visit; I hope for many more. I am grateful for being made welcome by all present: a friendly crowd. We drank some interesting, and some admirable, port. WOTN (restricted to those tasted blind) was AJM's BBR/QH 1977; with AHB's 1968 Noval Colheita second and the 1957 D'Oliveira's Meio Do...
by winesecretary
14:58 Sat 20 Jul 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: An Informal Offline, 21st May 2019, at the B&F
Replies: 1
Views: 244

An Informal Offline, 21st May 2019, at the B&F

A number of us gathered at the B&F for to taste (mostly) blind (mostly) ports. Review of the evening as a whole These blind: 2007 Marks & Spencer (JDAW) Fonseca Bin 27 (1980s bottling) (JDAW) 1968 Noval Colheita (AHB) Graham's Crusted (bottled 1985) (AHB) 1977 Quarles Harris (BBR version) (AJM) 2001...