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ncosta
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New to Port

Post by ncosta » 16:33 Mon 11 Jun 2018

Hello All,

i'm new to the fórum and new to the Port world, unless for the Vintage style, i'm from Portugal, i live in tras-os-Montes region wich is very near to Douro, i'm also a wine and olive oil producer trying to enter the market right now, but my region is not qualified for Porto so i only do the traditional reds and whites.

I hope to learn with all of you and share my experiences, i have a couple of Vintage bottles, some given from some famally members as a birthday gift other bought by my me.

I also did a small amount of handcrafet Porto in 2016 wich one part i bottled this year to try to make some kind of vintage :-) the rest will old in barrel for the rest of the years.
In Portugal we use to drink a lot of more Tawnys and in my region we can find a lot homemade tawnys/Colheitas very old that still are in the barrel, you can find it with 40, 50, or 70 years old, it's some kind of tradition to make your own wine and let it get older in the barrels for many and many years.

For start i want help with wich bottles i should open first and wich bottles i can store some more years, here's a lis of what i have:

Real Vinicola Vintage - 1970
Real Companhia Velha Vintage - 1970, 1981, 1983, 1985, 2001
Borges Vintage - 1970, 1985
Barros Vintage - 1978
Grahams Vintage Malvedos - 1978, 1983
Gran Cruz LBV - 2001
Fereira LBV - 1997
Nieportt LBV - 2003
Dows Vintage - 2011 (Bought recently)


Thanks a lot and sorry for my English.

Br's,
Nuno.

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jdaw1
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Re: New to Port

Post by jdaw1 » 21:41 Mon 11 Jun 2018

Hello and welcome.

More Portuguese people are needed here. We Brits tend to own the Ports available in the UK — no surprise. Whereas you have (mostly) Portuguese names. Please do post tasting notes.

PS: as this is an introduction thread, I’m moving it to that forum.

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AHB
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Re: New to Port

Post by AHB » 12:47 Wed 20 Jun 2018

Welcome Nuno, it is good to see you here.

I'm very interested in what you have said about making your own porto in 2016. Did you make a fortified wine from grapes grown in Tras-os-Montes? I know some producers who make fortified wines in the Alentejo, but never before from Tras-os-Montes. Please let us know how you find it.

To help you with your question, here are my thoughts on which of the ports you list are ready to be drunk now and which are best left for another day:
READY NOW
Real Vinicola Vintage - 1970
Real Companhia Velha Vintage - 1970, 1981, 1983, 1985
Borges Vintage - 1970, 1985
Barros Vintage - 1978
Grahams Vintage Malvedos - 1978, 1983 (the 1983 is a full Graham vintage)
Gran Cruz LBV - 2001
Fereira LBV - 1997
Niepoort LBV - 2003

DRINK NOW OR LATER
Real Companhia Velha Vintage - 1983, 1985
Borges Vintage - 1985
Grahams Vintage Malvedos - 1983
Gran Cruz LBV - 2001
Fereira LBV - 1997
Niepoort LBV - 2003

DRINK LATER
Real Companhia Velha Vintage - 2001
Dows Vintage - 2011 (Bought recently)

You might also like to try some of the 2016 vintage to see if you enjoy the flavours of really young vintage port.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

ncosta
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Re: New to Port

Post by ncosta » 12:05 Thu 28 Jun 2018

Hello AHB and jdaw1,

many thanks for your answers.

@AHB

Replying to your question i say yes, i produced my Port with grapes from Tras-os-Montes, it's a monovarietal of Touriga Nacional.
This year i wiil produce again, this time with grapes from Douro, as i have a cousin there that is producer and will sell me some grapes.

I would like you guys to taste my Vintage Port as you are experts and with your notes maybe i can improve a little bit, let me know if there is any way to send you one or two bottles, but don't expect a big vintage :-)

Br's,
Nuno.

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