Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Organise events to meet up and drink Port.
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Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Post by jdaw1 » 21:29 Thu 30 Apr 2020

MPM: Bottle was bottom-neck. Copper-amber, 20%–30% opaque. Rich nose. red fruits, Christmas cake, cherries, explosion of scents all of them lovely and sweet. Smell and taste about 15 years older than the wine is. Oranges, marmaladey nose. Nose massively rich, sweet fruits, apricot. Palate really silky, lovely balance, tannins gone, soft sweet palate. Not tawnified, just a Port that is maturing retaining massive structure fruit and body.

Actually Graham 1970.

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Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Post by jdaw1 » 22:04 Thu 30 Apr 2020

WHW: I apologise for not typing earlier. Lots like an older Burgundy, semi opaque hint of brown, clear rim. decanted 09:30 this morning. Notes as of 18:30. In the sitting room. Beautiful chocolate smell, still a youthfulness to it, no tannins, not tired, at its peak. On nose lemon, red cherry, still touch of chocolate some ginger, maybe a sprinkling of cinnamon, On mouth honey and dark chocolate came together. Mid way chocolate become more pronounced, then acidy came in, sweet chilli pepper orange peel. On back palate not so great, astringent. Finish real nice, medium long length, starts not astringent, lovely. Lingered for a while with mint or maybe spearmint. Relatively dry port, very gentle, not a Ferreira, not a Fonseca fist to the face, beautifully balanced, tannins gone, balance remains. Really at the top now. medium weight.

Actually Sandeman 1977.

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Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Post by jdaw1 » 22:35 Thu 30 Apr 2020

SCD: starting to show a bit of early maturation, ruby red, slightly glassy rim. Nose blackcurrant, red fruit, some plums. Maybe a touch baked. Palate light weight, black fruit, prunes, short finish, sharp shock of acidity on the finish, youngish, but showing early signs of maturing. Not spectacular. Good as a cellar defender.

Actually Sainsbury’s taste The Difference 1998.

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Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Post by benread » 06:13 Fri 01 May 2020

#4 was my first virtual tasting. The format worked much better than I expected. The hats were entertaining. Perhaps a dress code should be part of the theme next time?

I love the idea of an ‘event’ like this where we all taste the same wine if that can be arranged.

I was intrigued by those trying to discretely eat and taste. Perhaps next time bringing some food should be encouraged with the intent of using the food pairing as part of the clue? Another idea, moving away from our traditional ‘describe, guess, be embarrassed’ approach, could be prepare a series of clues (cryptic or descriptive in nature) in a series of rounds until the port is guessed? Somewhere between tasting and quiz?



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Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Post by nac » 06:29 Fri 01 May 2020

What was Alex’s?

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Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Post by Glenn E. » 21:52 Fri 01 May 2020

benread wrote:
06:13 Fri 01 May 2020
I love the idea of an ‘event’ like this where we all taste the same wine if that can be arranged.
I'm planning to do this for the May/June Sammamish Port Club meeting. I will likely spend most of the day on the Friday of the tasting doing decanting and portioning, and then hand delivering of the samples. (60ml glass bottles because the most suitable 75ml bottles that I could find were both more unwieldy and ridiculously more expensive.) This obviously doesn't work as well if your tasters aren't all in the same reasonably local area.

GST '11, '15, '16, '17
G '11, '16, '17
possibly one surprise; still TBD

Tasting will be blind and should be fun. Last year's iteration certainly was!
Glenn Elliott

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Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 15:19 Sat 02 May 2020

nac wrote:
06:29 Fri 01 May 2020
What was Alex’s?
I brought 1991 Morgan Brothers
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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