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by rich_n
22:10 Fri 27 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: RE: Re: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - TBC

benread wrote:Sounds fun. I might try and find some thing a little special - unless you have a specific theme in mind?


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I had no specific theme in mind, so go for something special!
by rich_n
22:05 Fri 27 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2014 Quinta de la Rosa LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 136

2014 Quinta de la Rosa LBV

Opened for the virtual TFP tasting with Sophia from QdlR. +0 days On opening this has a rather unusual nose. Heavy on the eucalyptus and something else green/herbal that I can't quite put my finger on. A touch of chocolate, red cherries and maybe molasses? Deliciously punchy on the palate, red cherr...
by rich_n
12:56 Fri 27 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - TBC

Yes please... most dates would probably work for me, so I look forward to the ‘farewell to 2020 TPF virtual tasting’! So do I, but assume that will be anther separate evening :D :tpf: :D one If there's a tasting in the depths of Dec after Christmas, my father might join as I'll be with them for tha...
by rich_n
12:34 Thu 26 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec

Morning all, I was wondering if there was an appetite to get together on Zoom in the run up to Christmas for an informal gathering? I would think maybe the 15th Dec could work, but if course I'm open to other dates. I will be quarantining prior to seeing my parents over Christmas so won't be indulgi...
by rich_n
23:41 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 94
Views: 4485

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

Thanks Alex for organising, it was a lovely evening. Great to catch up with you all, hopefully we'll have another one in December if possible.

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by rich_n
15:06 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 94
Views: 4485

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

AHB wrote:
09:36 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Please could you post here the time when you decant your wine for this evening’s tasting. Seeing Rich and George post elsewhere made me realise it would be nice to have a record.

I decanted my 1997 VP at 08.30.
I decanted the 2014 LBV at 10:30pm last night.
by rich_n
22:54 Mon 23 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1326

Re: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion

Thanks for the advice, I have done so and it's already rather delicious. I'm trying to keep the sample to just a small amount...

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by rich_n
22:04 Mon 23 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1326

Re: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion

I've had a search and this thread is the closest to answering my question, but I'm intrigued to see if there's variation for ruby types. I plan on opening a 2014 LBV for the tasting tomorrow, I was considering whether I should decant this evening or first thing tomorrow morning. Any thoughts? Sent f...
by rich_n
21:16 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 94
Views: 4485

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

Good news! It seems I've managed to persuade my local wine shop to ship over a bottle of the 2014 LBV from their other store location. It should arrive on Tuesday afternoon so if that works out I will be drinking that. Otherwise I'll be sampling something of a different brand. Excellent, I'll put t...
by rich_n
11:53 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 94
Views: 4485

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

Good news! It seems I've managed to persuade my local wine shop to ship over a bottle of the 2014 LBV from their other store location. It should arrive on Tuesday afternoon so if that works out I will be drinking that. Otherwise I'll be sampling something of a different brand.
by rich_n
11:46 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 748

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. I checked my cellar and it turns out I've already acquired some (I suspect on your recommendation), so I focused on some that I haven't already acquired...
by rich_n
15:13 Tue 17 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sparkling Port
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Sparkling Port

I initially thought this sounded like a terrible idea, but then noted that it has rather annoyed Julian, so I might be wrong on that front.
by rich_n
15:00 Tue 17 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 748

Re: LBV Roundup

This is a really very helpful round up! I may get a few bottles in - I'm intrigued by the Porto Cruz and the Niepoort in particular.
by rich_n
13:11 Thu 12 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 94
Views: 4485

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

I'd like to join but won't have anything on brand to drink, I'm interested in the conversation anyway!

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by rich_n
23:54 Mon 02 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 94
Views: 4485

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

Given the imminent lockdown, is this the plan for a virtual tasting? I'd like to be involved if so, but if we plan to do another one I will join that.

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by rich_n
20:04 Mon 28 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Barros
Replies: 1
Views: 687

2018 Barros

Initial pnp - mostly closed nose with a hint of red cherries, but my, this opens up on the palate beautifully! Initially full of Parma Violets and perfume, but that’s immediately washed away in a sea of red cherries that fills the palate, accompanied by milk chocolate and mint. That is then followed...
by rich_n
17:32 Sun 27 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1530
Views: 328620

Re: Latest buy

I do hope you like the Barros 2018. Please do say what you think of it. I was extremely impressed. A bottle of the Barros 2018 was opened this weekend to drink with friends and celebrate a birthday and it went down very well, a luscious and fruity young VP. Thanks for the recommendation Alex! I sha...
by rich_n
00:02 Mon 21 Sep 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2015 Sebastiani Late Bottled Petite Syrah (19% fortified wine)
Replies: 0
Views: 647

2015 Sebastiani Late Bottled Petite Syrah (19% fortified wine)

This wine was tasted at the winery in California and my memory of it was delightful. PnP No sediment which suggests this was filtered (no information on the bottle). Not a great nose, closed with some fustiness. A hint of cherries. Not a particularly attractive flavour, cardboard and heat with a hin...
by rich_n
14:14 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 3256

Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

Alex, the invite I have has a 6pm start, when are we actually intending to kick off? I’m happy to try and join early but will more likely be around 7pm.
by rich_n
12:33 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1530
Views: 328620

Re: Latest buy

Today I took delivery of 6 bottles of 2018 Barros (thanks to PCM for the heads up), a few bottles of the Niepoort 2015 LBV and a bottle of Noval 10 YO tawny all from Garrafeira Nacional in their 20% off sale. I couldn't believe the price of the 2018 Barros at less than £22 a bottle, now I'm torn as ...
by rich_n
11:48 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 6326

Re: Cellar Defenders

I'm even getting to the point that I feel like quality unfiltered LBV needs 20 years of age. I agree. A few LBVs are made with rubbish juice that really shouldn't pass the IVDP, and some are over-filtered/fined. From the producers that take the style seriously, most should be drunk between 20 and 4...
by rich_n
19:24 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?

A rather intriguing question, and one that for myself has several answers, particularly bearing in mind that I'm very much in the early stages of my port journey, with a smaller and more youthful collection. If I'm looking to buy some port for future drinking, notes that provide large amounts of inf...
by rich_n
16:26 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fortified Retailer of the Year 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1422

Re: Fortified Retailer of the Year 2020

Huge Congratulations to Tony & Claire and all the team at Vintage Wine & Port for winning the Decanter Sweet & Fortified Wine Specialist Retailer of the year for 2020. Two awards in two years for VWP and very well deserved! Such a range of ports but some great online tastings this year too, which I...
by rich_n
12:17 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Quevedo
Replies: 0
Views: 1172

2018 Quevedo

Tasted from samples provided in the Vintage Wine and Port/Big Fortified Tasting at-home Quevedo white port session. Tasted from a cask sample that Oscar kindly included in the tasting pack. The nose is rather perfumed, with Parma Violets and redcurrants. More sweet, perfumed Parma Violets on the pal...