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by Will W.
00:58 Sat 13 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Taylor Terra Feita
Replies: 1
Views: 1314

1995 Taylor Terra Feita

This was the first Terra Feita which I had consumed; it was purchased some six years ago whilst waiting to depart from Porto airport after a week in that city. Indeed, it was during this sojourn, then only my second to Portugal, at which I learned what port wine is supposed to taste like (i.e., not ...
by Will W.
10:06 Fri 29 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Torga
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Re: 1995 Torga

Literary types will know Miguel Torga as a twentieth-century titan of Portuguese literature. Of arguably more relevance to a semi-literate, would-be port afficionado such is myself is the fact that Torga is, as far as I can determine, the only non-producer to have had a vintage port named after him...
by Will W.
15:00 Wed 27 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Torga
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Re: 1995 Torga

JacobH wrote:
13:11 Wed 27 Jan 2021
Any idea what is happening to Quinta do Fojo's grapes now?
I haven't a clue and must correspondingly defer to others on this question.
by Will W.
23:35 Tue 26 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Torga
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

1995 Torga

Literary types will know Miguel Torga as a twentieth-century titan of Portuguese literature. Of arguably more relevance to a semi-literate, would-be port afficionado such is myself is the fact that Torga is, as far as I can determine, the only non-producer to have had a vintage port named after him....
by Will W.
23:28 Tue 26 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Burmester
Replies: 0
Views: 1575

1994 Burmester

I have expressed my view elsewhere on this forum that, in good years, Burmester vintage ports rest oftentimes at or near the top of the second rank. Perhaps unwittingly, Mr. Hersh placed the 1994 precisely there in a 2014 tasting note. In the event, this bottle proved to be a disappointment. In the ...
by Will W.
20:29 Tue 12 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan
Replies: 43
Views: 13911

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan

I would love to join. Space permitting, please send me the link.
by Will W.
19:26 Mon 11 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Quinta da Romaneira
Replies: 0
Views: 1941

1994 Quinta da Romaneira

Lauded justifiably for its tawnies and, to a lesser degree, for its still wines, ‘tis nonetheless with good reason that the cognoscenti have not sought the generally pedestrian vintage ports proffered by the physically-immense Quinta da Romaneira. In the event, the 1994 Romaneira rests comfortably a...
by Will W.
22:38 Sat 02 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 21
Views: 11724

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

Earlier in this thread I reviewed a 1978 colheita from a farm which lies adjacent to Quinta Dona Matilde, a Barros family (as opposed to Sogevinus) property. I have since acquired several litres of a 1989 colheita, from the same farm, as well as a 1960 tawny. My impressions of the latter follow here...
by Will W.
22:24 Sat 02 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Quarles Harris
Replies: 0
Views: 1577

1977 Quarles Harris

The Quarles Harris label came to form part of the Symington stable before there was a Symington stable of which to speak. As the making of Quarles Harris wines has never been tied to one or more quintas, there is arguably greater scope for creativity in the making of this port when a vintage is prod...
by Will W.
22:15 Sat 02 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Quinta das Tecedeiras
Replies: 0
Views: 1726

2016 Quinta das Tecedeiras

Consumed on 27 December 2020 after a nine-hour decant, the infancy of this port was reflected initially in its entirely opaque, dark magenta colour which painted the sides of the glass magnificently with every turn of the stemware. At the nose, blackberries and mulberries confronted the olfactory ne...
by Will W.
20:56 Sun 27 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1948 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 1398

1948 Taylor

This bottle was one of a lot of several like offerings auctioned earlier this year by Sotheby’s; like the rest, it was identified only as a 1948 Justerini & Brooks, with the producer unknown. However, an obscure clue found in Mr. Wiseman’s life’s work suggested that the wine might well prove to be t...
by Will W.
23:34 Wed 23 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Niepoort
Replies: 0
Views: 1641

1987 Niepoort

Fond as I am of Niepoort colheitas, I maintain a respectable supply of older variants in the cellar. Alas, I have not yet warmed to the vintage ports of this producer: not because I dislike them; rather, I find Niepoort vintages to be an acquired taste which I have not yet acquired. I would have sai...
by Will W.
00:19 Tue 15 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Replies: 0
Views: 1667

1997 Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Situated above the right bank of the Douro, roughly ten kilometres as the crow flies west of Pinhao, Quinta Nova is arguably better known for its stunning vista than for its ports. The quality of its output during the 1990s, when the property was owned by Burmester (1991-1999), fell short of the vie...
by Will W.
15:15 Fri 11 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Ramos Pinto
Replies: 4
Views: 1394

Re: 1980 Ramos Pinto

I notice you list the early 1980s vintages: was the a drop in quality thereafter? In my opinion, no. I have never tried the '91, but the '94, '95 and '97 are all lovely (and very good value) in my experience. It is simply that I prefer ports in which the tannins are either fully or largely integrat...
by Will W.
23:40 Thu 10 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Ramos Pinto
Replies: 4
Views: 1394

1980 Ramos Pinto

It would appear that during the 1980s Ramos Pinto was exporting a great deal of its vintage ports to northwest Europe; and, when I was living in this region five or six years ago and starting to collect port, I bought a fair bit of it on the secondary market. When I finally got around to trying the ...
by Will W.
22:50 Thu 10 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Robertson’s Rebello Valente
Replies: 0
Views: 1536

1977 Robertson’s Rebello Valente

Consumed on Bastille Day 2020 after a six-hour decant, like the French this wine presented the most interesting of contrasts. In the glass, the port was opaque at its core, evinced a clear rim and was dominated by hues redolent of a mature pinot noir complemented by a pink shadow which I have seen c...
by Will W.
22:46 Thu 10 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Gould Campbell
Replies: 0
Views: 1359

1991 Gould Campbell

1991 is not a year with which I am terribly familiar. I possess but a half dozen in the cellar and can recall consuming until recently only a fetching Quinta de la Rosa produced at supper in Porto by Mr. Bridgeman. The Bridgeman bottle, and this 1991 Gould Campbell ingested on 04 December 2020 after...
by Will W.
22:43 Thu 10 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Hutcheson
Replies: 1
Views: 983

1977 Hutcheson

Whenever time allows, I hire a farmhouse situated a short drive from Lamego; this stone pile affords ready access by car to all manner of quintas in the Baixo and even the Cima Corga, such that one might pilot the vehicle successfully back to base following all but the most distressing sorties. Lame...
by Will W.
22:38 Mon 30 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Nickolls and Perks - Graham’s 200th Anniversary Virtual tasting 2nd December 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 10559

Re: Nickolls and Perks - Graham’s 200th Anniversary Virtual tasting 2nd December 2020

I have sent the link/login details to Simon to forward to those of you who are interested. The system runs off your browser (i.e., no download required); and, according to my IT guys, there is no "monitor" needed and I cannot screw it up. We shall see, insha'allah.
by Will W.
00:43 Fri 27 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Nickolls and Perks - Graham’s 200th Anniversary Virtual tasting 2nd December 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 10559

Re: Nickolls and Perks - Graham’s 200th Anniversary Virtual tasting 2nd December 2020

I have secured my tasting pack. Or at any rate I shall have done by 02 December. I likewise have the technical means to set up the afterword. I would invite those interested to send their email addresses to Simon, if he does not already have same; in turn, he will forward them to me and I shall send...
by Will W.
23:35 Sun 12 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Warre Quinta da Cavadinha
Replies: 0
Views: 1490

2001 Warre Quinta da Cavadinha

Amongst the rarest of wines in my cellar (i.e., Her Ladyship found it on her own and paid for it), I approached this bottle with considerable curiosity after a ten-hour decant on 16 June 2020. In the glass, the wine was deep purple and entirely without visual or creative merit – much like the band, ...