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by Will W.
13:52 Sat 06 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Law of Two Thirds discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 5063

Re: 1983 Covelos

I presume they still had the strict rules on reserves in the 1980s so to produce a single Vintage Port would have been quite a substantial multi-year project? A great question to which I do not have the answer. I did send an email to the producer about a week ago; should it respond, I shall put you...
by Will W.
21:31 Fri 05 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Covelos
Replies: 0
Views: 1514

1983 Covelos

The 1983 Quinta de Covelos vintage port was produced by Jose Carlos de Morais C. Cruz & Co. Lda – a maker of inexpensive still wines in Canelas, a hamlet situated several kilometres to the east of Peso de Regua. The firm was set up in 1979 and, as far as can be determined, it has only ever bottled t...
by Will W.
22:39 Mon 18 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 21
Views: 10398

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

1985 Casal Janeiro By Western-European standards, Portugal remains a poor country. Perhaps as a consequence, it features a great many auctions houses selling rubbish from the homes of Aunts Maria, Ana and Ines after they pass to their eternal reward whilst their heirs focus on tearing one another ap...
by Will W.
16:49 Sun 17 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Dow Bomfim
Replies: 2
Views: 1662

Re: 1987 Dow Bomfim

I cannot help but feel that the score at which I arrived ultimately does not do justice to this wine. Put another way, I liked it a great deal more than the solid, albeit unspectacular numerical result would suggest. If your feel the score you are giving does not appropriately match the wine you ar...
by Will W.
16:33 Sun 17 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Graham Malvedos
Replies: 0
Views: 1140

1987 Graham Malvedos

Were there a Guinness Book of World Records designation for a 1987 horizontal tasting conducted over the longest temporal period, I should surely take the prize: this was the fifth such bottle consumed over successive Sunday evenings. Whilst the 1987 Malvedos does not pack the punch of the Vargellas...
by Will W.
16:12 Sun 17 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Sandeman
Replies: 0
Views: 1151

1977 Sandeman

Consumed on 30 April 2020 after a nine-hour decant, with other theportforum.com stalwarts joining online, I found this port to be at its peak. In the glass, the colour of the wine was redolent of an older burgundy; more generally, the rim was clear and the port semi-opaque. Advancing on the nose, I ...
by Will W.
09:52 Tue 05 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP and b.f.t. Quevedo tasting
Replies: 48
Views: 22097

Re: VWP and b.f.t. Quevedo tasting

Yes Phil; both days
by Will W.
22:05 Wed 29 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Dow Bomfim
Replies: 2
Views: 1662

1987 Dow Bomfim

Aficionados of fine port will be aware of the fact that for well over a century Quinta do Bomfim has served as the bedrock of Dow’s vintage ports. Bottled with some regularity as a single quinta vintage since 1948, Bomfims are oftentimes very good and rarely disappoint. The 1987 Quinta do Bomfim whi...
by Will W.
21:54 Wed 29 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 1639

1980 Taylor

The question of optimal, vintage port-decanting times would appear to constitute an insoluble conundrum: there are the minimalists such as Mr. Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, and those who set out to consume a bottle over two or three days, in the expectation that the wine might be enriched...
by Will W.
16:18 Sat 25 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April
Replies: 31
Views: 16490

Re: Virtual tasting #4, Thursday 30 April

Yes, please, should a spot remain.
by Will W.
12:09 Tue 21 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 1790

1987 Taylor Vargellas

There are those in the know who rate the 1987 Taylor Vargellas as the best wine of the vintage. In the event, prior to 19 April 2020 I had never tried it. For inexplicable reasons, I have only ever found a single bottle at auction over the last three or four years and, consequently, I was until rece...
by Will W.
11:54 Tue 21 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Real Companhia Velha Dom Jose Ruby
Replies: 0
Views: 1711

NV Real Companhia Velha Dom Jose Ruby

This bottle was never in the cellar. It was in the house. How it came to be in the house, I have no idea. What I do know is that it was resting upon the footwear cupboard in the vestibule for quite some time, where it would catch my eye occasionally and I would wonder what to do with it. I most cert...
by Will W.
11:48 Tue 21 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Croft Roeda
Replies: 0
Views: 1679

1987 Croft Roeda

For well over a century, the grapes produced at Quinta da Roeda have constituted the backbone of Croft’s vintage ports; and, according to Mr. Wiseman, it is possible that Roeda vintage port, bottled as such, first appeared during the 1880s. Fond as I am of the Croft style, I was very much looking fo...
by Will W.
11:45 Tue 21 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Burmester
Replies: 0
Views: 1667

2000 Burmester

I have had occasion elsewhere to liken Burmester vintage ports to reliable, second-label clarets. Aside from Burmester’s 1984 and 1985 bottlings, which show an extraordinarily-high propensity towards cork taint, Burmester vintages, colheitas and tawnies tend to make for agreeable imbibing at reasona...
by Will W.
11:37 Tue 21 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Ramos Pinto
Replies: 0
Views: 1672

1985 Ramos Pinto

Whilst I remain largely unfamiliar with the cultural peculiarities of theportforum.com gatherings, the meeting convened through our computers on 07 April 2020 was positively Dionysian: there was the celebration of wine and, in keeping with the Dionysia, a great deal of comedic theatre. The oddly-nam...
by Will W.
16:39 Tue 14 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual tasting #3, Tuesday 21 April
Replies: 34
Views: 12192

Re: Virtual tasting #3, Tuesday 21 April

I'm in, if not too late.
by Will W.
10:52 Wed 08 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 27435

Re: Another virtual tasting

I should like to add my profuse thanks to Mike, Simon (the official scorekeeper) and indeed all participants for the wonderful welcome afforded to me as well as the most laughter I have for a month.
by Will W.
17:51 Tue 07 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 27435

Re: Another virtual tasting

unsure, at this point, of the object of the exercise beyond convivial drinking. Convivial drinking very very important. Subsidiary objective can be seen in the likes of this post (names of wines in left column; names of guessers in top row; returning officer enters guesses one guesser at a time; wh...
by Will W.
16:25 Tue 07 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 27435

Re: Another virtual tasting

I have a printer - although I would require careful supervision, having never met any of the participants and being unsure, at this point, of the object of the exercise beyond convivial drinking. At any rate, I shall stand by to be pressed into service.
by Will W.
07:28 Mon 06 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 1858

Re: 1995 Champalimaud

Andy Velebil wrote:
04:00 Mon 06 Apr 2020
Ok thanks. I recall having a Port from his company under screwcap way back around 2007/08-ish. Quite the controversy when he did so.
Meeting Mr. Montez is most certainly on my to-do list, which is to note that I shall ask him.
by Will W.
23:20 Sun 05 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 1858

Re: 1995 Champalimaud

Was this vintage sealed by a screw-cap or cork? Cork. To the best of my knowledge, Miguel Montez started to use screw-caps somewhere around the year 2000, and then only on still wines bottled under the Quinta do Cotto label. The last Champalimaud VP to be marketed, from the 2001 vintage (additional...
by Will W.
21:05 Sun 05 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 1858

1995 Champalimaud

Pre-coronavirus-induced-mass discombobulation, I addressed the Montez Champalimaud family’s brief engagement as a port shipper; in particular, in the context of its 1989 vintage port (http://theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13280). Whereas the said pandemic is indisputably a serious threat to th...