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by winesecretary
19:09 Fri 06 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 0
Views: 60

1980 Smith Woodhouse

By the glass at the Savile Club. Still remarkably dark port, 90% opaque. The restrained nose with fruit notes promising rich weight. Which is delivered on the palate: full, thick, sweet, brambly, plummy, delicious and really quite long. Consumed 05/12/19.
by winesecretary
14:01 Thu 05 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 62
Views: 5488

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

I believe the list of ports to be settled. I have checked the placemats, thank you, and believe the file to be correct. I have printed the file (the placemats on A3, everything else on A4). I am not quite sure what to do with the pages past the 'corks' pages but someone will no doubt explain to me o...
by winesecretary
22:14 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: A market for fakes?
Replies: 17
Views: 339

Re: A market for fakes?

I don't know whether the contents of it are fake, but the label on the magnum"s almost certainly not right. Luis Gordon (note correct spelling) was then the Gordon of Gordon's wine bar who had a very big business way back then (they were the UK agents for Domecq if I recall).
by winesecretary
16:47 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 62
Views: 5488

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

Food order submitted, taking into account recent requests to change standard food orders; no standard food order exists for NickA and CMAG, so I have indicated to the B&F on their behalf simply that there will likely be some desire on their part for some steak.
by winesecretary
18:42 Mon 02 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 62
Views: 5488

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

Hello all, I have talked to the B&F today and they will let us have our standard food order rather than having to order from the rather less steak-led Christmas menu. I have checked the standard food order and a standard food order exists for everyone attending except CMAG and NickA. @ CMAG ) @ Nick...
by winesecretary
18:49 Sun 01 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 62
Views: 5488

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

@ uncle tom - my apologies, I have not clarified sufficiently that this is indeed the request. I shall amend the first post to request decanting by 1830 on Sunday.
by winesecretary
21:55 Thu 28 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1998 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas
Replies: 1
Views: 149

1998 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas

From a half bottle. 50% opaque, very much red rather than purple, rim heading toward brick-coloured. Slight prickle of heat and spice on the nose at first; then the mint and herbs come through. Quite viscous in the mouth, almost gloopy, lots of glycerine. A summer fruit pudding port: mainly red frui...
by winesecretary
21:21 Wed 27 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered

Retasted, twice, including on one occasion with another amateur du porto who concurred in the above (and below) description. Still opaque, still glass-staining. There's a bit more fruit on the nose now the cold has gone but it's still underpowered. Still damson and cassis on the palate, still simple...
by winesecretary
23:25 Sun 24 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 62
Views: 5488

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

@ forest26 - sorry to hear you can't make it, thank you for the long notice
@ uncle tom - Croft it is!
by winesecretary
20:14 Mon 18 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered

I have a cold most autumns, at some point, and have always continued to taste wines through them, so, while it's not ideal, it is something I'm used to having to do, and have adapted to doing. Last year's 80-wine 3-day tasting tour of the Cote de Beaune was a bit of a trial with a heavy cold, but I ...
by winesecretary
22:11 Sun 17 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 3
Views: 272

2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered

A fair bit of fine sediment on decanting. 95% opaque red glass-staining liquid, positively gloopy. I still have a cold, so nose difficult to determine, but it's not leaping out at one; there's some rosemary and white pepper. On the palate there is quite attractive warmth with a hit of damson and an ...
by winesecretary
18:29 Sat 16 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 62
Views: 5488

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

@ Doggett - I am sorry you will not be able to attend, I appreciate the long notice
@ uncle tom - you are now in
by winesecretary
00:12 Fri 15 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1996 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 168

1996 Taylor Vargellas

I have a cold so note, and tasting ability, attenuated but my guest demands something to go with the cheese so here we are. From half bottle. A thirty-minute decant. Looks mature, darker than merely red, 70% opaque. A faint prickle of heat on the nose. On the palate, the red fruits have largely gone...
by winesecretary
23:34 Thu 14 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 62
Views: 5488

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

@ uncle tom - super, you are now first reserve because
@ PhilW - I am sorry you will not be able to attend, I appreciate the long notice
@ forest26 - great, Ni please!
@ CMAG - you and your Mg are in
by winesecretary
23:28 Thu 14 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 1203

Re: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

Tom and I share a birthday (if not a birth date). Please may I go on the reserve list? I have at the moment only Warre, but since I am in acquisition phase still, there will be others by then.
by winesecretary
23:17 Fri 08 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 386

1970 Taylor

Bottled 1972 by Justerini and Brooks. Fill level above base of neck. Cork came out pretty much in one piece. Disconcerting scent of rubber and prune on nose of decanting sample- is this in fact Chateau de Beaucastel 2004? But no. 30% opaque, garnet juice, fabulous legs. Given an hour or two to breat...
by winesecretary
22:43 Thu 31 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal
Replies: 0
Views: 541

2001 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal

A half bottle purchased from FWW. 80% opaque, red rim paling only slightly at the edge. Quite spirity on the nose but with a promising aroma of victoria plum crumble. A hit of mixed spice on the front palate, lots of forest fruit and more ripe plums on the mid palate, with a lick of chocolate. Some ...
by winesecretary
08:48 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1986 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 411

1986 Taylor Vargellas

Still a lovely rich garnet. Full of red-fruited life in the mouth, with spice and coffee on the finish. This is really very nice port indeed, either rather richer than many from this house or just with excellent balance. Consumed with AHB, CPR, THRA, and guest OJW on 07/10/19 at the B&F.
by winesecretary
08:42 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 0
Views: 389

1983 Smith Woodhouse

Still a very full red, 90% opaque. On the nose and on the palate still a very young port, full of crunchy red fruit. Needs much more air (it had a 12 hour overnight decant) and/or much more time. Consumed with AHB, CPR, THRA, and guest OJW on 07/10/19 at the B&F.
by winesecretary
08:40 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 0
Views: 388

1970 Smith Woodhouse

:CC6600: Unknown English bottler. Looks fairly elderly, only 20% opaque, orange rim. Hint of varnish on the nose. Slightly hollow on the palate at first but, later, flavours of poached stone fruit in glass. Lovely warming finish. Consumed with AHB, CPR, THRA, and guest OJW on 07/10/19 at the B&F.
by winesecretary
08:37 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1944 Kopke
Replies: 0
Views: 421

1944 Kopke

Bottled 1981. Distinctly brown wine. Baked banana flavours. Very long finish. A treat. Consumed with AHB, CPR, THRA, and guest OJW on 07/10/19 at the B&F.
by winesecretary
08:33 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Niepoort
Replies: 0
Views: 418

1980 Niepoort

50% opaque. Slightly high-toned nose. Showing younger than its age. Consumed with AHB, CPR, THRA, and guest OJW on 07/10/19 at the B&F.
by winesecretary
08:29 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Dow
Replies: 0
Views: 366

1963 Dow

Bottled by Carl Jacobsen of Copenhagen. Its remarkable youth (I surmise excellent bottling and cold storage) was both pleasurable and misleading (more so for this taster, I was decades out, everyone else at least thought it was a 1970). An astonishingly fruity, spicy bottle. And delicious. Nowhere n...