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by winesecretary
19:12 Mon 10 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: It's very warm...
Replies: 2
Views: 132

It's very warm...

... and I have been reduced to drinking port straight from the 'fridge in very small glasses so that it presents at 'cellar temperature'.

Other than 'move to Newfoundland', any other tips for making sure one's blood/port ratio stays at an acceptable level in such heat?
by winesecretary
21:00 Sun 09 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: 1977 Taylor

That '77 may be in a great place, Taylor perhaps in particular, and prices having moved up, I would suggest might be connected factors...
by winesecretary
22:14 Fri 07 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 834

Re: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020

It was delightful to see everyone. Thank you once again Mike for arranging.
by winesecretary
22:38 Thu 06 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Dow LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 256

2011 Dow LBV

90% purple-red juice. + 30 mins Smells like a fairly angular supercharged Cabernet with loads of pepper. Aggressive tannin and acidity. Fades too quickly to enable processing of the fruit flavours on the palate. Completely disjointed. Abandoned as a drink, as not pleasant. + 24 hours Star anise and ...
by winesecretary
09:49 Thu 06 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Niepoort Secundum
Replies: 0
Views: 224

2000 Niepoort Secundum

90% opaque, still looks young. +8 hours Herbaceous nose, but much dumber than I remember this being in half. Rich plums on the mid palate slowly moving towards the blackcurrrant spectrum. Finish still quite warm. +30 hours White pepper on the nose then after swirling bags of liquorice and herbs unde...
by winesecretary
08:51 Thu 06 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE (etc) Day Tasting - Mon 14 Sept
Replies: 22
Views: 3235

Re: VE-Day Tasting?

Works for me. Still haven't found anything more age-appropriate than the Dow 1950, however.
by winesecretary
17:53 Mon 03 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 834

Re: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020

Niepoort Secundum 2000

Update: decanted 1030 on 4 August. Cork exploded. Wine fine I think.
by winesecretary
17:26 Wed 29 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1204
Views: 288599

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Two orphan bottles of Niepoort Bioma 2011 from the Nicolas in the Rue Buci at 58 euros each. They seemed surprised to sell it, so they're probably had it a while, but the shop is air conditioned and dark so... ... I should add that that appeared to be the whole stock, and there's none on the corpora...
by winesecretary
12:14 Mon 27 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1204
Views: 288599

Re: Port for sale by retailer

The case of Sainsbury's TTD 2000 I ordered for delivery to my cellar turned into 2 bottles of the 2000 and 1 bottle of the 2003. Back to buying it off the shelf...
by winesecretary
17:47 Sun 26 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 294

2016 Taylor

From half. Popped and poured and consumed over 90 minutes (which was probably unfair to it). Deep crimson, 95% opaque. Heady nose of eau de vie de poire william. Summer pudding on the front palate, what I can only describe as a 'pink medicine' taste on the mid-palate. Vast lumps of fierce tannins th...
by winesecretary
17:34 Sun 26 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 0
Views: 245

1980 Smith Woodhouse

24 hour decant. 90% opaque, red brown rim. Pronounced note of agen prunes on the nose. Congruent palate, with additional notes of brambles. Velvety texture with good balance of fruit and acidity. Still pretty warm on the finish. Very nice drinking. On this showing, just about ready but showing no si...
by winesecretary
22:49 Fri 24 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 834

Re: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020

I'm in! Am up in the country, filletting the cellar, so will find something worthy for this date.
by winesecretary
22:32 Wed 22 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”

I have used the clingfilm trick on a Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 1987 that was very badly corked. It wasn't totally clean two days later but it was more than merely drinkable, which it certainly wasn't on opening.
by winesecretary
20:56 Mon 20 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?
Replies: 12
Views: 631

Re: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?

I do not think we should discount the impact of (i) even the most rudimentary training in winery hygiene; (ii) the reliable availability of reasonable quality fortification spirit; (iii) ways of monitoring grape ripeness that do not require either a degree in chemistry and a laboratory, or forty yea...
by winesecretary
00:19 Mon 20 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 171

2016 Graham

PnP from half bottle and then considered over next 90 minutes. Incredible violet fragrance on decanting. In glass, completely opaque even at rim. Parma violets on nose. On palate, high density alcoholic currant juice with wonderful smooth texture. Superb balance of fruit and acidity. There are tanni...
by winesecretary
16:36 Thu 16 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”

@GEE - Oh of course, I remember JDaw1 talking about the language of the packaging of that case now. IVDP requires the use of natural or synthetic corks [which would allow DIAM corks I think] save for miniatures. So two of the four bottles in the Quevedo case are 'Port' and the other two are 'the sam...
by winesecretary
14:22 Thu 16 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”

I am sure some of them are doing so. So long as the wine is free from TCA when it goes into bottle DIAM cuts the rate of corky wines to nil. Why wouldn't you want that win? [In Burgundy, if you combine it with bottling with vaguely sensible amounts of free SO2, then DIAM also largely deals with the ...
by winesecretary
13:18 Thu 16 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”

Burgundy producers have been moving over to DIAM closures in droves in the past decade, even for the very top wines. The DIAM 30 means that they are even suitable for Grand Cru level wines. I can see why, politically, top port producers haven't done so yet, but I suspect there will be some eventuall...
by winesecretary
21:47 Wed 15 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 168

2016 Fonseca

From half bottle. 9 hour decant. Completely opaque, purple rim. Waves rather than legs. Big brooding nose, almost brutal, but it's all fruit, no heat at all showing. Little hint of orange after a while, dried citrus peel. In the mouth, lovely rich smooth sippin' young port despite a hint of warmth l...
by winesecretary
17:52 Wed 15 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Kopke Colheita Bottled 1995
Replies: 1
Views: 224

1977 Kopke Colheita Bottled 1995

24 hours decant, served from 'fridge but then allowed to warm up. Golden reddish brown. Great legs. Aged colheita port- rather more aged than the amount of time in cask would suggest. With some air and warmth, hint of varnish. Some other woody notes. Nutty. Taste, after some discussions with SCD and...
by winesecretary
09:32 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1473
Views: 267896

Re: Latest buy

Day ten; wine stocks worryingly close to dipping below four figures; will I make it to the end of the month without running out?
by winesecretary
09:24 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Croft
Replies: 0
Views: 613

2016 Croft

From half bottle. Popped and decanted and then considered over the next 90 mins. Very gloopy with 95% opaque red rim. Nose features mint and pear drops with a background of boiled sweets (in a good way). Chewy blackcurrant on front palate; later, aniseed balls. Spiciness fills the nostrils at the st...
by winesecretary
22:36 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 194
Views: 59239

Re: Pointless Statistics

I too have fallen in love with the sheer vinosity of Dirk-era Niepoort ports, and so my next pointless statistics update at year end will undoubtedly show a dramatic uptick in its presence in my cellar.
by winesecretary
22:30 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Niepoort LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 453

2015 Niepoort LBV

Bottled 2019. +30 mins 95% opaque red juice. Red berry compote on nose, hint of warmth, passion fruit after a while. Panda liquorice on the front palate, then some loganberry, then cranberry muffin later. Lingering fruity finish. Fresh. Discernible but pleasant tannins. Some wood, very late. +24 hou...