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by Alex Bridgeman
22:26 Thu 23 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quevedo Garrafeira
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Re: Quevedo Garrafeira

Also, since this thread is supposed to be about Quevedo ( :wink: ), it does look to me like they are making it out of their colheita stocks. Presumably if not they would be sending VP samples for comparison rather than colheita ones from the same vintage? Don’t forget that in the ‘90s Quevedo were ...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:06 Thu 23 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar diary
Replies: 50
Views: 3372

Re: Cellar diary

*Sigh*

I am so enjoying the Cellar Diary entries. Thoroughly enjoyable gentle reading.

Thank you Tom. Please don’t stop.

PS - I use my spare Vesuvio bin labels as garden markers. A black wax pencil on the reverse side of the label allows me to write the name and date of sowing.
by Alex Bridgeman
15:25 Wed 22 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quevedo Garrafeira
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Re: Quevedo Garrafeira

Scores/impressions of them are often so clouded by label bias it's difficult to get a real sense of their true quality. I would propose a double-blind tasting of 2-3 against some older top notch VP's just to see how they really stack up. Ive no doubt you’re right on this point, but I know I’ve tast...
by Alex Bridgeman
15:09 Wed 22 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1807
Views: 516397

Re: Latest buy

That is a wonderful picture. I shall keep my eye out for a double magnum of W77 for your next purchase.
by Alex Bridgeman
07:36 Wed 22 Sep 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, 20 October 2021, B&F
Replies: 117
Views: 38192

Re: 1980 Horizontal, 20 October 2021, B&F

Apologies, I hadn’t spotted that I was due to provide both Croft Roeda and Taylor. While I have easy access to the Roeda, I don’t have easy access to the Taylor.

If we do drink the Taylor (which is not on the current draft of the placemats) would someone else be able to provide it?
by Alex Bridgeman
20:54 Mon 20 Sep 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #15 - Wednesday 22nd September
Replies: 14
Views: 322

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #15 - Wednesday 22nd September

Glenn wins the award for the best excuse for missing the Zoom call. Far better than my “I’m a bit busy”.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:35 Sun 19 Sep 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #15 - Wednesday 22nd September
Replies: 14
Views: 322

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #15 - Wednesday 22nd September

Probably not this time. I’ve got a bit of a frenetic week ahead of me
by Alex Bridgeman
11:58 Fri 17 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta da Boavista
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Quinta da Boavista

I’m trying to track down the exact location of Quinta da Boavista in the Douro. This was the Quinta which formed the backbone of Offley’s vintages for many decades before being sold to Lima & Smith before being sold last year to Sogevinus. Does anyone have the GPS coordinates (or the what three word...
by Alex Bridgeman
13:59 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: English/British Style vs. Portuguese Style
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: English/British Style vs. Portuguese Style

I'm with Tom on this topic. In my experience there are some distinct stylistic differences between houses, even houses under the same ownership. The best example I can give is Ferreira and Sandeman. Both make immensely long-lived Ports but the Ferreira Ports are beautifully elegant, refined and age ...
by Alex Bridgeman
13:48 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Broadbent 30YO
Replies: 0
Views: 84

NV Broadbent 30YO

Cross-posted from this post by Andy Velebil.

Broadbent 30 Year Tawny Port
Wow, explosive body. Waxy, zesty, toffee, old wood varnish, mixed spices, long finish. An impressive 30 yr tawny. $95/500ml 94 Points
by Alex Bridgeman
13:48 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Broadbent 20YO (bottled 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 55

NV Broadbent 20YO (bottled 2020)

Cross-posted from this post by Andy Velebil.

Broadbent 20 Year Tawny Port
Bottled 2020. Orange zest, marmalade, caramel, mahogany, complex, spices. Wow, just like the 10, this punches above it’s weight for the category. $50/500ml 92+ Points
by Alex Bridgeman
13:46 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Broadbent 10YO (bottled 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 54

NV Broadbent 10YO (bottled 2020)

Cross-posted from this post by Andy Velebil.

Broadbent 10 Year Tawny Port
Bottled 2020. Dried strawberries, licorice, tastes older than most 10 yr blends, long finish. A 10 yr at the top of the category. Seriously impressive stuff. $22/500ml 91 Points
by Alex Bridgeman
13:36 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale
Replies: 23
Views: 2003

Re: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale

I assumed that some of the big colleges which do formal dining several times a week could be dishing out quite a lot of Port. If you are serving 100 undergraduates just one 75ml glass of Port for, say, 3 formal dinners a week you’d need a couple of pipes of Port a year. But this is real back-of-the...
by Alex Bridgeman
11:18 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Wed 08 Sep 2021, VE Day (Postponed)
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: Wed 08 Sep 2021, VE Day (Postponed)

Having written and posted my tasting notes I find there are two things I need to add: (1) A huge thank you to Neil, not just for organising the event but also for the magnificent magnum of Champagne Gosset 2006 Blanc de Blanc (Fine & Rare Selection) which was absolutely wonderful - although it ran o...
by Alex Bridgeman
11:05 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Ramos Pinto 20YO (bottled 1968)
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: 20Y Ramos Pinto, bot. 1968

Ramos-Pinto 20YO Tawny, bottled in 1968: hazelnut brown colour, or perhaps a deep orange; 40% opaque. Slightly tired, slightly oxidised nose, lots of bruised oranges. Sweet on the entry, gentle honey with soft orange blossom. Rich but with a lovely acidity balancing the palate. The orange blossom ho...
by Alex Bridgeman
10:28 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1942 Fonseca Guimaraens
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: 1942 Fonseca Guimaraens

Opened 09.45, decanted 17.45, tasted 19.45: slightly tired on the nose, a little oxidised but also showing some butterscotch and a lot of rosemary. Smooth, Werther’s Originals butterscotch on entry but cleansed by the clementine acidity and oil on the mid-palate. Medium bodied, quite peppery, drying...
by Alex Bridgeman
10:26 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1942 Sandeman
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: 1942 Sandeman

Sandeman 1942, decanted 13.00 and drunk at 20.00. Mature red colour, 40% opaque. Rubber bands and redcurrant nose, nicely balanced palate with the redcurrants showing initially but then a dirty slightly spoiled tone on the late palate. Some heat and more dirt on the aftertaste before this settles to...
by Alex Bridgeman
10:24 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1945 Sandeman
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: 1945 Sandeman

Sandeman 1945: decanted at 12.45 and tasted at 20.15; 50% opaque, wonderful mature russet red. Served in a room a little too warm so showing a lot of spirit on the nose, over a little dirty orange. Nice texture, dirty orange at first, lovely acidity keeping the wine very lively. Fresh aftertaste, ge...
by Alex Bridgeman
10:06 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1945 Ferreira
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: 1945 Ferreira

Ferreira 1945, decanted 13.15 and drunk 20.15. A lovely mature red fruit nose, sweet and fragrant. Nicely balanced palate, beautifully poised, with perfect balance between the sweet dried red fruit and the gentle pepper. Lovely aftertaste, exploding with fruit and a fabulous intensity of flavour on ...
by Alex Bridgeman
10:03 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1945 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: 1945 Taylor

Taylor 1945, decanted at 16.00 and tasted at 20.30. Rich nose, full of mature fruit. Wonderful palate, rich and sweet fruit, perfect balance. Astonishing aftertaste and a finish which goes through multiple phases. A fabulous bottle of a stunning Port. 97/100. Sourced from a Scottish cellar.
by Alex Bridgeman
09:14 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1945 Martinez
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: 1945 Martinez

Martinez 1945, opened at 08.30, decanted at 14.15 and tasted at 20.30. Less opaque than the Fr45, less showing on the nose. Gentle nose, a little mature fruit. Soft on the palate, mature dried fruit, sweet sultanas and cranberries. Lovely balance, soft and gentle. The aftertaste and finish are delic...
by Alex Bridgeman
08:59 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1948 Mackenzie
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: 1948 Mackenzie

Decanted 13.45 and tasted 21.31. Lovely mature red colour, 50% opaque. Mature fruit nose, elegant and with a lovely fragrance. Beautifully balanced entry, big and chunky palate, full of flavour with toasted raisin. Burnt sugar on the aftertaste and a massive, long finish with burnt raisin, golden sy...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:29 Mon 13 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1948 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: 1948 Taylor

Dark in colour, 60% opaque. TCA on the nose. Foul on the palate. NR.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:26 Mon 13 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1950 Dow
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: 1950 Dow

Dow 1950, decanted 19.30 and tasted 21.45: dark ochre colour, 60% opaque. Some sweet fruit syrup on the nose, but rather restrained. Modest entry, mature fruit on the palate which blooms beautifully with a bit of air. Lovely aftertaste and nice lingering finish. 90/100. Descending towards senescence...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:23 Mon 13 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1940 Diez
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: 1940 Diez

I believe this to be a genuine bottle. You don't see Diez Hermanos Ports very often, but the bottle, label and cork felt genuine to me. And it was a very tasty wine. Diez Hermanos 1940 vintage port, decanted 20.00 and tasted 22.00. Mature ochre, 50% opaque. Very limited on the nose, perhaps some sli...