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by winesecretary
22:31 Mon 24 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Fortnum & Mason
Replies: 0
Views: 18

2000 Fortnum & Mason

From half bottle (Niepoort Secundum according to cork). 24 hour decant. 70% opaque red juice, 10% orange rim. Splendid nose of red fruit and oregano. Front palate of mixed Mediterranean herbs and then some poached plums mid-palate. Long redcurrant finish, not a hint of alcoholic warmth despite the 2...
by winesecretary
11:27 Sun 23 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency (@ 67 Pall Mall) - Tues 25 Feb 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 1511

Re: Emergency (@ 67 Pall Mall) - Tues 25 Feb 2020

Confirmed okay, looking forward to it.
by winesecretary
23:31 Fri 21 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1975 Croft
Replies: 0
Views: 523

1975 Croft

On first opening, the colour of a rose muscat rather than a port; I could read text through a tasting-sized sample of it so arguably 0% opaque. Following 30 minute decant, hot nose with hint of dried apricot rehydrated in tea. Front palate of Turkish delight, a little chilli heat mid palate, followe...
by winesecretary
10:59 Thu 20 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1993 Quinta das Liceiras
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: 1993 Quinta das Liceiras

Congratulations on passing - a big moment, and the culmination of years of hard work.

Much less seriously, a unicorn tasting note, and only the second on this site of a 1993 port of any variety. Of the last 50 years, only 1973 has fewer...
by winesecretary
10:54 Thu 20 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

@ nac - Thank you, much appreciated.
@ CMAG - let us know idc whether you would prefer to continue to hunt or to adopt.
by winesecretary
16:45 Tue 18 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 377

1983 Warre

From a half bottle. 1 hr decant. Very dark still, 80% opaque, 10% purple tinged, 10% red rim. Black cherry and chocolate and a little alcoholic heat on the nose. Black forest gateau in the mouth - lovely layered black cherry jam, cream and chocolate. More black cherries with chocolate on the finish,...
by winesecretary
13:58 Sun 16 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Newman’s Celebrated Port
Replies: 1
Views: 385

Re: NV Newman’s Celebrated Port

Now this, this is the tasting note of the year. The soaring arc of narrative, covering centuries and continents; and then the bathetic nature of the ending... thank you; a pleasure to read, and informative with it.
by winesecretary
21:57 Sat 15 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: 1985 Graham

Night two: more cherry stone and red licorice on the finish, no white pepper, a not-unpleasing lip-sticking quality.
by winesecretary
14:51 Sat 15 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

@ hadge, @ AHB, I propose you as adoptive partners with hadge adopting AHB's Taylor
by winesecretary
14:41 Sat 15 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

@ M.Charlton - Great, I would be most grateful if you could supply the Burmester
by winesecretary
14:34 Sat 15 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F
Replies: 31
Views: 1361

Re: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F

@ AHB - yes, absolutely, since it would deserve its own note on the tasting notes list. Crusted ports can be jolly fun; I have fond memories of a Taylor's Crusted Bottled 1973 (drunk the best part of a decade ago) with a lovely figgy palate. I am pleased to see the re-emergence of the genre since th...
by winesecretary
22:59 Fri 14 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 357

1985 Graham

Fine long cork which came out cleanly. Decanted clear almost all the way to the generous tablespoonful of sediment (truly sedimentary: sludge really). Decanting sample promising, but decanted 3 hours before serious tasting. 60% opaque, glossy wine. Big hit of mint on the nose, with some cranberry be...
by winesecretary
18:17 Fri 14 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Delaforce 20 YO Tawny - Curious and Ancient
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: NV Delaforce 20 YO Tawny - Curious and Ancient

Revisited daily for past three days. - The wine remained turbid. - Nose increasingly vegetal. The spirity note faded, but nothing pleasant replaced it. - Palate sweet and sugary, the fruit characteristic having evaporated. - It got worse rather than better. This was a badly-stored bottle of a port t...
by winesecretary
16:26 Thu 13 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

@akzy, DaveRL, I propose you as suitable adoptive partners such that akzy may adopt the Smith Woodhouse
by winesecretary
14:34 Thu 13 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

@ CMAG - Thank you. Please could you hunt for a Quarles Harris (single bottle size?) NN I am bringing.
by winesecretary
08:46 Thu 13 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

@ hadge, @ akzy, any preference as to which bottle to adopt?
by winesecretary
23:27 Wed 12 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

@ nac, idj123, may (for the moment) I propose you as suitable adoptive partners. Nominal Warre pairing ensues.
by winesecretary
23:23 Wed 12 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

I am more or less agnostic on adoption vs shopping list. Given the number of adoptions possible, I am slightly in favour of attendees being adopters at this point, assuming none of the adoptees get work-crunched nearer the time and have to drop out.
by winesecretary
19:47 Wed 12 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

Of the other planned attendees:

Professed adopter - nac
No view yet expressed on whether will wish to adopt or whether has one of the wines not yet proffered - jdaw1, M.Charlton, hadge, akzy
CMAG - has shopping list
by winesecretary
19:46 Wed 12 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

Each of the below have proffered bottles already in their possession. I would like to enable them to drink some of their 1980s, rather than holding them for a tasting nine months away for which proffered bottles may or may not be required. Accordingly, I set out a provisional requests list below. To...
by winesecretary
16:25 Wed 12 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency (@ 67 Pall Mall) - Tues 25 Feb 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 1511

Re: Emergency (@ 67 Pall Mall) - Tues 25 Feb 2020

@ nac - I confirm availability, thank you. I am right-handed.
by winesecretary
13:41 Wed 12 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F
Replies: 31
Views: 1361

Re: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F

To confirm- for the purposes of planning this tasting I have taken a snapshot of the tasting notes index (but not the tasting notes) as at 01/02/20. I have updated the initial post to make that clear.
by winesecretary
14:03 Tue 11 Feb 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 1803

Re: 1980 Horizontal, Tuesday 24th November, B&F

Charles, that's prompt, helpful and conclusive. Thank you. I will remove that one from the list. It is thus looking very likely you will be asked to provide the Sandeman.