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by winesecretary
22:51 Sun 31 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Ferreira LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 0
Views: 106

2005 Ferreira LBV Unfiltered

From half bottle. Decanting Sample - light, with more heat showing on tasting sample. Sludge rather than sediment. + 3 hrs - 80% opaque, nose has imported plum and blackcurrant jam; simple jammy palate and quite harsh tannins, merely good port at this point, nothing particular to offer + 24 hours - ...
by winesecretary
22:44 Sun 31 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2004 Ferreira LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 0
Views: 93

2004 Ferreira LBV Unfiltered

From half bottle. Decanting Sample - rich and fruity on tasting, not so much having sediment as bits of grape in the bottle + 3 hrs 70% opaque ,nose rich red fruits, flick of alcohol, congruent light entry, darker red fruits, raspberry, chocolate tannins, fine balancing acidity, very good wine this,...
by winesecretary
22:38 Sun 31 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2003 Ferreira LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 0
Views: 140

2003 Ferreira LBV Unfiltered

From half bottle. Decanting Sample - copious (although pleasantly chewy) sediment. Full but tannic. + 3 hrs 75% opaque, nose herby, hint of acetone, congruent light entry, then red fruit, delicious broad finish of cherry cobbler + 24 hours 75% opaque, nose not terribly attractive, but very attractiv...
by winesecretary
22:12 Thu 28 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Niepoort
Replies: 0
Views: 143

2017 Niepoort

A random half bottle picked up while filleting a non-UK wine list for other things. 2 hour decant. 90% opaque glass-staining black cherry juice. Nose like a very expensive Napa Cabernet served slightly too young- wood, mint, red fruit. On the palate, an explosion of ripe berries. Very attractive bal...
by winesecretary
22:37 Wed 27 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #6, Tuesday 2 June 2020
Replies: 22
Views: 559

Re: Virtual Tasting #6, Tuesday 2 June 2020

Full disclosure: I have a gently seeping bottle of Dalva 1934, bottled 1973 (my birth year). Since 2 June is my birthday it, like AHB's Ferreira 1963, has a tiny tumbril next to the cork.
by winesecretary
21:51 Sun 24 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #6, Tuesday 2 June 2020
Replies: 22
Views: 559

Re: Virtual Tasting #6, Tuesday 2 June 2020

Please sign me up. I posess neither of the relevant wines, so like Glenn I will open something else, possibly moderately festive.
by winesecretary
16:41 Sun 24 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 19th May - Churchill vintage masterclass e-tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 383

Re: Tue 19th May - Churchill vintage masterclass e-tasting

Don't know about port but fermenting longer, reaching a higher ABV, adding less spirit, and the result being a drier wine but with more grape specificity used to be the house style of ABSL in Madeira.
by winesecretary
21:33 Sat 23 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 118

1977 Smith Woodhouse

24 hr decant. 90% opaque, remarkably dark for a 43-year old wine, and uncharacteristically so for a 1977. Nose quite dumb. Swirling eventually reveals some ink and slightly dusty black cherries. There is sweet damson fruit on the palate but you have to work for it. Big plummy, beefy, savoury tannins...
by winesecretary
10:22 Fri 22 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The ports you haven't got round to stocking up on...
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: The ports you haven't got round to stocking up on...

It's a colheita, I suspect. So, could be Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI?
by winesecretary
23:11 Thu 21 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 103

2000 Warre

From half. 3 hr decant. 90% opaque red juice. Looks high on glycerine. Some garden herbs on the nose but immediately succeeded by deep succulent berry fruits. More nosing suggests a touch of alcoholic heat. In the mouth, generous sweet red fruits up front and a lovely sweet loganberry finish. Not re...
by winesecretary
08:25 Thu 21 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Pocas
Replies: 0
Views: 104

1997 Pocas

+ 24 hrs 85% plum colour, red-brown rim. Mint and milk chocolate on nose with some slightly sour cherries underneath In the mouth nutty with more sour cherries on the finish and some drying tannins. +48 hours A touch lighter and browner. Sultanas, almost fruit cake, on nose with just a hint of aceto...
by winesecretary
21:28 Sat 16 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Burmester
Replies: 0
Views: 148

2000 Burmester

From half. Decanted 23 hrs, stored in 'fridge. 95% opaque, red rim. Mint and cinnamon and blackcurrant on the nose. Prune juice on the palate. A hint of russet apple at the edges. Pronounced blackcurrant, more than a hint of molasses, on the finish. Not outstandingly long. A hint of George Saintsbur...
by winesecretary
09:56 Fri 15 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking
Replies: 52
Views: 4220

Re: Lockdown Drinking

TV 1996 in half - lovely right now.
Musar 2001 - good, but not on a par with the 1999 consumed a few weeks ago.
by winesecretary
21:54 Thu 14 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The ports you haven't got round to stocking up on...
Replies: 6
Views: 458

The ports you haven't got round to stocking up on...

… or maybe it's just me. You have an accurate idea of what's in your cellar and an idea of when it's likely to be drunk but there are some things that you consider you ought to have that somehow you haven't managed to acquire or keep in any quantity. Partly a function of drinking what one has at imm...
by winesecretary
21:17 Thu 14 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May
Replies: 40
Views: 1725

Re: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May

I regret that a (US) client call that has dropped into my diary is going to cut right across this so I will not now be able to attend. If you do go with the Warre 2007 Unfiltered LBV I would very interested to hear everyone's views. I liked the 04 but struggled with the 07.
by winesecretary
22:39 Tue 12 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Barros
Replies: 0
Views: 244

1997 Barros

This is VP not Colheita. Decanted 1 hr. 60% opaque, slightly browning at the rim. Slightly reduced nose, would perhaps benefit from longer decant. But, a nice prune note among the raspberries. Quite high toned on the palate but not bothersomely so, classical cherry stone with a flicker of Seville or...
by winesecretary
16:34 Mon 11 May 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Gould Campbell
Replies: 0
Views: 226

1983 Gould Campbell

From a half bottle, the label of which explains (to a level of detail that almost runs out of space) that it is bottled and shipped by Smith Woodhouse, and selected and shipped by The Wine Society. Decanting sample. 50 % opaque, pale rim. Fully mature mid red. Lots of dusty cherries on the nose, hin...
by winesecretary
22:29 Sat 09 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May
Replies: 40
Views: 1725

Re: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May

Yes please. Might be interesting to set a house, rather than a wine, and see what everyone comes up with...
by winesecretary
19:59 Sat 09 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP and b.f.t. Quevedo tasting
Replies: 48
Views: 3541

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

@ idj123 - I am doing the same. The Special Reserve (my favourite on the first night) perhaps fading a little. The Colheita 2004 much improved by a couple of days of air, some mirabelle plum on the nose, walnuts and caramel on the palate, with a delightful gentle warmth on the finish
by winesecretary
11:02 Fri 08 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP and b.f.t. Quevedo tasting
Replies: 48
Views: 3541

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

Last night was jolly fun. Reading the discussion above, have just pulled the corks on tonight's wines. Looking forward to it!
by winesecretary
17:04 Tue 05 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A practical design of a better decanter
Replies: 28
Views: 5490

Re: A practical design of a better decanter

The warning uncle tom gives about being careful with checking size/capacity is all the more true if you are looking at vintage or antique decanters. Much wine, and most cheap spirit, was 'decanted' straight from cask before the Single Bottle Act 1861; there was no coalescing of decanter size around ...
by winesecretary
12:46 Tue 05 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VWP and b.f.t. Quevedo tasting
Replies: 48
Views: 3541

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

Yes please, for both days.
by winesecretary
20:35 Sat 02 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..

Happy Birthday Tom! I will 'reassess' the Taylor 1992...
by winesecretary
09:02 Fri 01 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1176
Views: 266104

Re: Port for sale by retailer

This appears to be leftovers from last year's stock clearance. I have been to two central London M&S that previously had such stock and I have not seen it on the shelves.