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by Tarne
18:38 Sun 31 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Re: 1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas

Tasting note update. Thank you for the "Vargellas spirit" comment Andy. I saved two glasses to taste on the second day - No "burnt out alternator" in fact almost no nose; 90% of the "significant heat" had disappeared and that which was noticeable on the palate rapidly dissipated; red fruits still do...
by Tarne
23:37 Thu 28 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas
Replies: 2
Views: 421

1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas

75% opaque. In addition to violets there was very faint acrid smoke on the nose - it took ages to recall it was reminiscent of a burnt out alternator, thankfully it didn’t translate into an unpleasant taste. A delicate mid sweet wine showing red fruit flavours, the most predominant of which was pome...
by Tarne
17:05 Sat 11 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Krohn's LBV Port
Replies: 2
Views: 1131

Re: Krohn's LBV Port

Hi Dennis, I'm relatively new to this lark and have only consumed one bottle, a 2011. However, you will find my tasting note here:- http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11230 I usually find even a slight hint of caramel very noticeable and having enjoyed (too) many slices of pecan pie in ...
by Tarne
23:30 Fri 16 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Book or Bottle Holiday Present Suggestion
Replies: 6
Views: 2319

Re: Book or Bottle Holiday Present Suggestion

In trying to arrive at an answer to your question it wasn't until I tried putting myself in your father's shoes that I suddenly realised if you don't know what he may like how on earth would I or any other stranger know. What I do know is that from a loving child, who clearly wishes to please ones f...
by Tarne
21:08 Fri 16 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Musings of a novice ..........
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: Musings of a novice ..........

Thank you both for the greeting and ideas. I have yet to taste my original bottle of 2011 Sandeman L B V. However, the idea of monitoring the progress of an "unresolved" wine overtime appeals greatly and is far too interesting to resist - all I need now is the patience not to open the additional bot...
by Tarne
21:04 Sat 10 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Quinta das Carvalhas LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 1360

2011 Quinta das Carvalhas LBV

Deep purple with a baffling aroma which was made even more confusing because I had just used a different hand wash - another lesson learnt. It will most probably be immediately apparent to those of a botanical bent or of a certain faith but for me cistus was a first. Cocoa also noticeable. Oily in t...
by Tarne
21:02 Sat 10 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Burmester LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 1480

2011 Burmester LBV

A dense substantial wine, in no way delicate and with little fruit showing. Initially medium heat on the attack, a dominant cocoa taste tending towards mild bitterness on the palate and a finish that was too earthy, it didn't linger pleasantly. By the second and third day the mild heat had died away...
by Tarne
21:00 Sat 10 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Quinta da Revolta LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 1481

2011 Quinta da Revolta LBV

Revolta by name and sadly this bottle was revolta by nature, well it certainly caused an upheaval. Medium ruby colour. No cork taint but a faint stale stink mixed with a mild aroma of raisins. On the attack and mid palate it was bitter with a distinct green edge combined with mild heat and a hint of...
by Tarne
20:59 Sat 10 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Maynard LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 1420

2011 Maynard LBV

Wow! What a heavyweight and a powerful mouthful. Dark red in colour. Aromatic, stewed plums and mild earthy aromas. On the palate a mix of dark chocolate, black tea and a hint of pepper, the latter not harsh but reminiscent of a light pepper crust on a juicy steak. On day's two and three black tea m...
by Tarne
20:57 Sat 10 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2012 Messias LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 1404

2012 Messias LBV

Garnet side of purple. Vague aroma of sweet plums. Mild heat with blackberry and some spice mid palate. On subsequent days the flavours unfolded and the wine became a tad drier, smoother and more interesting. Incredible value and a serious alternative should our current favourite special reserve bec...
by Tarne
20:55 Sat 10 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Krohn LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 1422

2011 Krohn LBV

Deep red with a strong inviting aroma of juicy black plums and an underlying but vague mystery 'dental' aroma - not unpleasant and somewhat reminicisent of a dried herb I couldn't recall. After sipping three glasses, on the trot, I decided discretion was the better part of valour and beat a retreat....
by Tarne
20:53 Sat 10 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Musings of a novice ..........
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Musings of a novice ..........

How best to simply summarise my trek to date around the port learning curve? Well, with a nod to Yeats - 'port is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper'. I seriously considered ending this post here. Given the last comment it would be tedious to detail a litany of ...
by Tarne
22:06 Sun 26 Jun 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Three new members of the Confraria
Replies: 23
Views: 5451

Re: Three new members of the Confraria

Many congratulations to you all, a great honour indeed - are there rights such as jus primae noctis associated with the rank?
by Tarne
21:30 Thu 16 Jun 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1098
Views: 191045

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Morrisons offer - Warre Quinta da Cavadinha 1998, reduced to £15.00 from £26.00.
by Tarne
19:28 Tue 17 May 2016
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Surrey
Replies: 3
Views: 2666

Re: Hello from Surrey

Hi LGTrotter and Benread, Many thanks for both your welcome and encouragement. I am confident that my quest will eventually encompass Tawny, in fact recently all the marketing brouhaha for Warre's Otima induced me to 'stray from my path' and buy a 10 year old. I thought it would be worth trying beca...
by Tarne
20:22 Sat 14 May 2016
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Surrey
Replies: 3
Views: 2666

Hello from Surrey

I have been having fun making a most enjoyable and interesting personal study of port. For most of my life I just gratefully accepted glasses of port at appropriate times; some have been great, some awful and most somewhere in-between. However, a coincidence of events sparked my interest to the exte...