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by AHB
20:31 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Quinta de Roriz
Replies: 1
Views: 443

2016 Quinta de Roriz

Another wine from the 2016 vintage that is dark and opaque. More fragrant and elevated on the nose than most others at this tasting, sweet and fresh. Smooth on the palate with the fruit fresh and well rounded. Plenty of tannins showing against the typical Roriz minerality. Fresh and pleasant across ...
by AHB
20:29 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Offley
Replies: 1
Views: 447

2016 Offley

Transparent centre, but only just. A wonderful nose of ripe blackcurrant over a core of lime acidity — very inviting. Smooth and rounded fruit on entry then a massive wave of tannins grabs and holds the palate. This is a port which takes no prisoners. One of the bigger and more powerful ports of the...
by AHB
20:27 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Quinta do Noval
Replies: 1
Views: 467

2016 Quinta do Noval

Deep and opaque. Slightly dirty on the nose, but under this it is sweet and intense with a twist of orange peel. Intense fruit on the palate then a powerful tannic core. Very big on the palate, full of juicy purple fruit; quite possibly the biggest palate of the 20 wines at this tasting. A delicious...
by AHB
20:24 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Niepoort Bioma
Replies: 1
Views: 469

2016 Niepoort Bioma

Cask sample. Opaque centre with a wide rim. An astonishing nose of cedar and tobacco - no fruit of any description! The cedar comes through on entry, followed by an amazing passion fruit and Canteloupe melon. Huge tannins grab the palate but never overwhelm the fruit, which is persistently over-ripe...
by AHB
20:22 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Messias
Replies: 1
Views: 434

2016 Messias

A port which is just opaque at the centre. Smelling slightly of vanilla biscuits and the hint of blue cheese seen on some ports before the spirit fully integrates. The nose is a little off-putting. Gentle and smooth entry with restrained fruit at first and then the huge tannins and immense acidity t...
by AHB
20:21 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Graham Stone Terraces
Replies: 1
Views: 495

2016 Graham Stone Terraces

Deep dark red. A nose which is more assertive than the Graham shown alongside and certainly more complete. Beautifully balanced with pure and elegant fruit. The tannins are gently wrapped in their cocoon of fruit and the whole is focused by the gentle but persistent acidity. There is some dryness fr...
by AHB
20:18 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 479

2016 Graham

Opaque and dark. Little showing on the nose except some faint fruit. The texture is wonderful, satin smooth initially and then extremely gripping, but always with the fruit nicely balancing everything else going on in the palate. The fruit leads on the finish. A lobely Graham, full of puppy fat for ...
by AHB
20:17 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Fonseca
Replies: 1
Views: 493

2016 Fonseca

Lighter in tone than the Taylor shown alongside this port. Nosing of rock rose and wine gums, slightly sour as seems to be a characteristic of the vintage. Purple fruit and a good dose of tannin on the palate, tannins which quickly vanish behind the plummy fruit that is focused nicely by the acidity...
by AHB
19:40 Tue 09 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 118
Views: 33901

Re: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week

Blackhouse on the Square in Leeds has three ports on their list, all available by the glass or bottle. They are: Quinto do Vallado 10YO Tawny @ £6.50 for a 100ml glass or £30 for a 500ml bottle Warre’s Warrior @ £5.00 for a glass or £31 for a 750ml bottle Warre 2013 Filtered LBV @ £5.50 or £36 for a...
by AHB
17:41 Mon 08 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1993 - A hunt
Replies: 12
Views: 1191

Re: 1993 - A hunt

Barros also made a late bottled vintage port from grapes grown in 1993. Wine Searcher shows a couple of retailers, but they want significant amounts of money for a bottle.
by AHB
12:45 Mon 08 Oct 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Do we need a 1966 Horizontal?
Replies: 17
Views: 1087

Re: Do we need a 1966 Horizontal?

I’ve got Gould Campbell
by AHB
11:51 Fri 05 Oct 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1098
Views: 191372

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Anyone looking for a bargain could take a look at Berry’s warehouse shop in Basingstoke. Magnums of Taylor 1977 @ £400 and of BBR Own Blend 2011 for £88. Both duty paid.

I managed to resist. It wasn’t hard.
by AHB
15:03 Tue 02 Oct 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 224
Views: 23612

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

I’ll also aim to be there as soon after 5pm as I can manage.
by AHB
19:54 Fri 28 Sep 2018
Forum: Travel
Topic: Places to visit in the Douro
Replies: 0
Views: 1473

Places to visit in the Douro

I’m currently in the Douro working on the b.f.t. and helping Julian sell his book. I thought it might be worth mentioning a couple of places we stayed and / or eaten - although none are new to people who have read travel posts on this forum. The Holiday Inn in Gaia is clean, not too expensive and wi...
by AHB
15:38 Wed 26 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 13th December - The Port Forum 2018 Xmas Bash
Replies: 32
Views: 2890

Re: Thu 13th December - The Port Forum 2018 Xmas Bash

Our industry guest has confirmed he will attend (initials EDN). I have promised to book him a room at the Cricketers Arms, which I will do once I am sober.
by AHB
11:18 Wed 26 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Dow
Replies: 1
Views: 689

2016 Dow

Dark and inky colour. A satisfying nose of damson jam. Dry in style on the palate, full of fruit before the violet-scented tannins crash in a wave over the palate to reveal the big tannic load in the wine. The fruit is pure, refined and present in generous helpings. The finish is very impressive, bi...
by AHB
11:14 Wed 26 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Croft
Replies: 1
Views: 520

2016 Croft

Deep red but with a transparent centre. Soft fruit on the nose, full of summer fruits like raspberries and blackcurrants. Slightly aggressive entry, balanced on the mid-palate with plenty of ripe fruit and nice grippy tannins. Sweet fruit dominates the finish with lingering tannins that are ripe and...
by AHB
11:13 Wed 26 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Cockburn
Replies: 1
Views: 532

2016 Cockburn

Deep red with an opaque centre. Muted fruit on the nose, none of the deep concentrated blackcurrant seen on some of the ports from this vintage. Medium weight entry; gripping tannins with clean fruit — more elegance and refinement than the other SFE ports from the vintage. Gentle grip on the afterta...
by AHB
11:12 Wed 26 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Messias Cachao
Replies: 1
Views: 486

2016 Messias Cachao

From Messias, tasted alongside the full blend. Cask sample. Not quite transparent at the core. Nosing of soft baked blackcurrant biscuits. Delicious entry with plenty of acidity, generous amounts of fruit and terrific tannins that together have a lovely balance. A good, chewy aftertaste and blackcur...
by AHB
08:51 Fri 21 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991/92 Double Horizontal
Replies: 21
Views: 3449

Re: 1991/92 Double Horizontal

uncle tom wrote:
12:34 Wed 19 Sep 2018
Do we have a date for this yet?
No, I'm so busy at work that this might not happen this year.
by AHB
08:50 Fri 21 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor's historic limited edition
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Taylor's historic limited edition

As far as I can remember from when the wine was shown at the BFT in May this year, it is a special blend put together purely for this bottling. I forget what the average age of the wine is, but I'll see if I can find out.
by AHB
17:45 Sun 16 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 224
Views: 23612

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

Default food order for me please
by AHB
13:58 Fri 14 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1403
Views: 164471

Re: Latest buy

I've just taken delivery of 6 70cl bottles of Taylor 1970. The slightly smaller bottles look quite quaint.
by AHB
09:00 Fri 14 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September
Replies: 49
Views: 4226

Re: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September

I gave 2 points to Sandeman and 1 to each of Noval, Taylor, Offley and Dow

Honourable mentions went to Smith Woodhouse, Capela and Skeffington
by AHB
08:27 Fri 14 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Standard Food Order
Replies: 15
Views: 4104

Re: The Standard Food Order

Rebecca - RJGO - has requested a standard food order of crab salad followed by rare steak with thin chips