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by winesecretary
15:31 Sat 16 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1986 Taylor Terra Feita
Replies: 0
Views: 39

1986 Taylor Terra Feita

A bottle, one of three purchased at auction, which had a protruding cork and was therefore executed fairly shortly after arrival. Cork fell into bottle rather than accepting the corkscrew. Decanted out very clean, very little sediment. + 1 hour Dark cherry, 50% opaque. Very strong aroma of sachertor...
by winesecretary
15:07 Fri 15 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #2 - Wednesday 27th January
Replies: 10
Views: 150

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #2 - Wednesday 27th January

I am, alas , unlikely to be able to make this one. I look forward to hearing what everyone drank, though.
by winesecretary
21:34 Tue 12 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan
Replies: 43
Views: 943

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan

I confirm I will have both Graham and Niepoort LBVs open. Both are, in fact, now open.
by winesecretary
19:34 Mon 11 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel

On Musar: I am VERY tolerant of VA, I drink lots of Madeira. But even so, like Simon, I can remember a couple of bottles of Musar with VA levels that made it unpleasant to drink even after a lot of air. And, I recall one corked bottle. But this is across a sample size of maybe 10 cases over the past...
by winesecretary
23:38 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel

Beaune 1er Cru Coucherias Blanc 2012 Domaine Jean-Claude Rateau - three bottles already this year - one oxidised, two lovely lighter-weight elderflower-and-lemon scented PC whites. Beaune 1er Cru Les Greves 2011 Maison Belles Lies - two bottles already this year, one wonderful-this-is-why-I-buy-Grev...
by winesecretary
21:56 Sat 09 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 207
Views: 73369

Re: Pointless Statistics

The above post illustrating the terrifying mathematical ability of a number of portforumites [I do not consider myself to be one of that subgroup, although unlike most lawyers I am not scared of numbers] and which is one of the reasons that I slightly fuzz my stats. The great thing about this thread...
by winesecretary
10:39 Fri 08 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan
Replies: 43
Views: 943

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan?

@ nac - Perhaps alternating between Wednesday and Thursday to allow for family and work logistics? Perhaps with a relatively broad theme each time - this one's LBVs; perhaps older SQVPs next time, tawnies the time after that and so on. Even if, like me, due to the virus one's cellar is largely inacc...
by winesecretary
11:48 Thu 07 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan
Replies: 43
Views: 943

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #1 - Thursday 14th Jan?

Yes please. I like the theme. Will be either Graham or Niepoort 2015 as that is what is in the wine fridge LBV rack.
by winesecretary
22:43 Mon 04 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2008 Dow Quinta do Bomfin
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: 2008 Dow Quinta do Bomfin

+48 hours: Alas, I think I've kept this too long. It's very pleasant port, with a nice Touriga Nacional note, but it is neither exciting nor distinctive.

Consumed 2-3-4 Jan 2021.
by winesecretary
00:56 Sun 03 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 207
Views: 73369

Re: Pointless Statistics

As at 31/12/2020 my cellar comprised the following (with end 2019 figures in brackets): Unfortified 44.7% (57.6%); Fortified 54.6% (41.4%); and Spirits 0.6% (0.8%). 34.4% (45.5%) of my cellar is Burgundy (i.e. 69.8% (78.9%) of unfortified wine) 2.1% (>1%) is Bordeaux, 1.6% (3.3%) is Rhone, and 1% (>...
by winesecretary
00:07 Sun 03 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1561
Views: 355661

Re: Latest buy

I suspect, like many others, I have started my 2021 purchasing with (a 3-pack of) Graham 2015 LBV, although I am celebrating that purchase with a Dow 2008 Bomfin.
by winesecretary
23:38 Sat 02 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2008 Dow Quinta do Bomfin
Replies: 1
Views: 179

2008 Dow Quinta do Bomfin

30 min decant. 95% opaque red juice. Still glass-staining. Restrained blackberry-dominated nose. More bramble on the front palate, then summer pudding (made in this case with Hovis brown). No heat here. Long finish, sweet for a Dow, some spice and drying tannins very late. Quite impressive. Not one ...
by winesecretary
19:55 Fri 01 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1554

Re: Festive Drinking 2020

Happy New Year! Last night, en aperitif Chorey les Beaune rouge, Domaine Chapuis & Chapuis 2015 (delicious) followed by Beaune 1er Cru Coucherias 2012 blanc, Domaine Rateau (slightly overawed by the cod with spiced lentils). Tonight, Champagne Quentin Beaufort 2015. It's a delight.
by winesecretary
20:13 Thu 31 Dec 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: TPF pre-NYE party 29th December 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 1639

Re: TPF pre-NYE party 29th December 2020

It was lovely to see everyone again. Roll on 2021 and the re-emergence of the concept of a tasting in meatspace.
by winesecretary
19:34 Wed 30 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1554

Re: Festive Drinking 2020

Auxey Duresses 2015, Domaine Coche Dury tonight...
by winesecretary
10:39 Wed 30 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1988 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita
Replies: 0
Views: 164

1988 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

From half. 30 minute decant. Looks fully mature. Orange at the rim. 40% opaque. Tobacco and glace cherry on the nose. Rich and ripe glace cherry on the palate, with tobacco again late. Discernibly the same family as a 2005 I had back in April. Almost no grip at the end. On this showing, in half, whi...
by winesecretary
19:52 Mon 28 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1554

Re: Festive Drinking 2020

Touriga Vai Nua Fitapreta 2019 - smells rather like a young Niepoort VP. Tastes unexpectedly more delicate than that nose would suggest. Delicious both with the Bradenham ham and salad, and with the cheeses and fruitcake that followed it.
by winesecretary
23:10 Sun 27 Dec 2020
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Pomegranate Port
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Pomegranate Port

Back in, I think, 2010 I had a fortified Israeli pomegranate wine which was the single nastiest alcoholic liquid ever to pass my lips. I would rather re-taste Malibu, Midori, MD20/20, or WKD Blue*. It is a shame as with the right grapes and with the right sites there can be admirable wine made in Is...
by winesecretary
22:47 Sat 26 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 216

1983 Warre

Half bottle.

20 minute decant.

50% opaque.

Slightly sweetened black fruit compote on nose.

Very fine quality sweet black cherry jam on front palate. Flick of spirit but remarkably congruent all the way through the finish.

Very attractive.
by winesecretary
22:10 Fri 25 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1554

Re: Festive Drinking 2020

Taittinger 2013 too sweet and too young for my palate. Lynch Bages 1970 happily absolutely splendid, proper claret from the days when growers were unafraid to include green grapes in the press to give structure, for the 55 minutes it lasted from opening and decanting before, on the last mouthful, it...
by winesecretary
17:32 Fri 25 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Berry Brothers (Quarles Harris)
Replies: 0
Views: 410

1977 Berry Brothers (Quarles Harris)

18 hour double-decant, some good solid sediment but 98% clean. Kept in 'fridge and allowed to warm before tasting. Cherries in kirsch on nose, with tobacco. Pronounced notes of tobacco and star anise on palate. Then cherries in kirsch again. Marmalade and rum on finish. While all of the above implie...
by winesecretary
12:03 Thu 24 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1554

Re: Festive Drinking 2020

23/12/20 Xinamavro 1997, Markovitis - blind you might have thought it was a 1980s Pommard from an old school producer. Very funky. The curry served with it was rather more lightly spiced than a madras, but still quite 'warm'.
by winesecretary
00:15 Thu 24 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Marks & Spencer
Replies: 0
Views: 588

2011 Marks & Spencer

It's been a dreadful month for port by which I mean work has largely precluded it. And now the work has largely been dealt with I find myself needing something that will survive in a half in the 'fridge while I am obeying relevant governmental ukases but nevertheless required to be elsewhere for a f...
by winesecretary
01:19 Wed 23 Dec 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quinta de la Rosa LBV and Vintage Thursday July 8th
Replies: 18
Views: 1104

Re: Quinta de la Rosa LBV and Vintage Thursday July 8th

That judicial review form that kept me in the office until midnight has a lot to answer for now. Please put me on the reserve list (assuming it to be a tasting for 14).