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by winesecretary
00:00 Mon 21 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 46

1963 Fonseca

Bottled by Grants of St James's, with the infamous plastic capsule. Cork came out cleanly but in two pieces. Excellent level, in neck. 4 hour decant. A superb garnet, 50% opaque. Nose of tobacco and dusty cherries. Figgy, lusciously sweet, but balanced, palate. Entirely resolved tannins. Very long f...
by winesecretary
23:46 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 135
Views: 34801

Re: The Five Word Novel

with the Almoner of the
by winesecretary
18:51 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 86450

Re: Port House abbreviations

@ Glenn - my apologies, I should have been more specific. Guimaraens - branded SQVPs from Quinta do Mileau were made in (at least) 1944, 1946 & 1947 (Book page 311); and Guimaraens -branded Quinta do Cruzeiro was made in 1982 (Book page 173) (vintageport.se adds 1978). VWAP has Guimaraens - branded ...
by winesecretary
10:57 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 86450

Re: Port House abbreviations

Guimaraens is problematic, I agree, as it has appeared as Vintage, LBV and SQVP...
by winesecretary
10:42 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 21st September?
Replies: 15
Views: 544

Re: Monday 21st September?

Regret non-availability due to heading off to country for the week...
by winesecretary
00:23 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 86450

Re: Port House abbreviations

Right. But Niepoort Pisca became Bioma in 08. We have now had... five Biomas? It has longevity as a name. But, that is not determinative. To my view, crucially, it is actually different from that wine from which it is distinguished. Thus, Pisca makes the actually differential cut, as does Bioma. ML ...
by winesecretary
16:00 Tue 15 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

I will have a glass of Warre 1994 in one hand and a glass of Niepoort Crusted (bottled 2014) in the other. Neither was a leaker, I haven't had the opportunity to scan the country cellar for candidates. I am looking forward to both wines but, much more than that, to seeing your friendly faces.
by winesecretary
22:31 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

I will arrive circa 1930 - the toad work...
by winesecretary
22:46 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 208

1994 Warre

30 minute decant, then considered over 90 mins. Lots of very fine sediment. 75% opaque, red rim. Spearmint on the nose, but with a deep substrate of dark fruits. A wash of lush red fruits on the front palate, darkening to blackcurrant. A hint of tobacco, late. I really like the way the fruits flow c...
by winesecretary
21:41 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 86450

Re: Port House abbreviations

I am, with the utmost respect, with Glenn on this. Perhaps say ROCa and ROCo going forwards? A brief amendment could be made to the abbreviations list for the current ROC to explain the necessity for the updated terminology.
by winesecretary
22:40 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

@ nac - Chateau Beaumont - yes it is! Especially in 2010. 1/36th of my remaining stock of 2009 Chateau Brown Lamartine bit the dust this evening. An admirable middleweight claret for a roast chicken. It has failed as a cellar defender, however, as we appear to be consuming a half of 1980 Gould Campb...
by winesecretary
23:08 Fri 11 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Marks and Spencer
Replies: 0
Views: 127

2007 Marks and Spencer

Another bottle of this sadly-all-sold-now bargain port, about nine months after the previous sampling. This is a bottle I have had open for five days now, albeit refrigerated in shrinking sizes of container as about a glass a night has been consumed. The colour remains 95% opaque with red rim. The h...
by winesecretary
23:08 Fri 11 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Marks and Spencer
Replies: 0
Views: 81

2007 Marks and Spencer

Another bottle of this sadly-all-sold-now bargain port, about nine months after the previous sampling. This is a bottle I have had open for five days now, albeit refrigerated in shrinking sizes of container as about a glass a night has been consumed. The colour remains 95% opaque with red rim. The h...
by winesecretary
12:20 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

@ rich_n - do try the Niepoort 2015 LBV. I defy you to keep your hands off it once you've tried it.
by winesecretary
23:33 Wed 09 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE (etc) Day Tasting - TBC
Replies: 56
Views: 5433

Re: VE (etc) Day Tasting - Mon 28 Sept (maybe)

The problem with the current government is that none of them are wine connoisseurs. Down with this sort of thing.
by winesecretary
11:20 Wed 09 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE (etc) Day Tasting - TBC
Replies: 56
Views: 5433

Re: VE (etc) Day Tasting - Mon 28 Sept

Ports from the last time there were global restrictions on freedom of movement being unable to be drunk because of the current restrictions... Ah well.
by winesecretary
22:50 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1982 Niepoort
Replies: 0
Views: 145

1982 Niepoort

A bottle with the level well into neck and a cork that came out in excellent condition. Almost every bit of the heavy sediment stayed in the bottle-bravo. + 30 minutes Looks mature- a rich cranberry-juice red, paling at the rim. At first, delicious redcurrant nose with some mint. Later, a little tob...
by winesecretary
16:49 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?
Replies: 3
Views: 371

What makes an enjoyable tasting note?

I often fill odd minutes, while on trains or whatever, by reading the wine tasting notes of others. I suspect many of you do the same. For me the most enjoyable tasting notes are the ones that give me a clear view of the wine but also communicate the sensual response of the taster to the wine. This ...
by winesecretary
16:16 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

@ nac - Thalabert, but of course! I have almost run through my halves of 2014, I have just taken delivery of 36 halves of 2017 purchased EP from TWS...
by winesecretary
12:50 Mon 07 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1490
Views: 284764

Re: Latest buy

A case of Gould Campbell 1985, all levels BN or better, £521 delivered, an auction purchase from Sylvie's in Belgium. I'm pleased as it's become harder to find in the UK in recent years.
by winesecretary
12:11 Mon 07 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE (etc) Day Tasting - TBC
Replies: 56
Views: 5433

Re: VE (etc) Day Tasting - Mon 28 Sept

Neil, I would appreciate guidance. We are into ages of port about which I have almost no experience. Do you want the ports to be delivered to 67 PM in advance to rest? I suspect they won't need much decant time, but also fear that double-decanting and then travelling might be a bit brutal for them.
by winesecretary
16:58 Sun 06 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 0
Views: 176

2016 Smith Woodhouse

2 hr decant. 98% opaque, red rim. Rich ripe red fruit nose. Cool summer fruit pudding on the palate. A decent amount of stuffing. Tannins quite angular and prominent on the finish. To me, a little unbalanced at the moment, but hope for the future. Come back in twenty years. Consumed 6/9/20, tasting ...
by winesecretary
22:25 Sat 05 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ideas for tastings
Replies: 46
Views: 14911

Re: Ideas for tastings

'Leakers' is a great idea for an online tasting!
by winesecretary
23:23 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

I have many times over the past quarter-century or so encountered on Madeira absolutist statements by wine makers that, when challenged with documentary (or bottled) evidence to the contrary they row back from in a way that makes that clear that the absolutist statements were simplifications for the...