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by winesecretary
20:01 Mon 19 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: I'm going to be having a bad week...
Replies: 1
Views: 65

I'm going to be having a bad week...

... for reasons too complicated to go into here. I will need vinous, or more precisely, portious solace, but will also need to be able to work during the day, so will need to consume the bottle over three days, accordingly elderly port contra-indicated. So: which of these should I open, to soothe my...
by winesecretary
21:58 Sun 18 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta de Val da Figueira 10 yo tawny - the ultimate Cellar Defender!
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Quinta de Val da Figueira 10 yo tawny - the ultimate Cellar Defender!

What a serendipitous find. Hurrah for houses, and cellars, that pass from generation to generation!

Given the colour, do you think that the contents are rather older than 10 years, but simply bottled as such?
by winesecretary
23:22 Tue 13 Apr 2021
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 198
Views: 63536

Re: The Five Word Novel

dames de compagnie to inguenue
by winesecretary
18:57 Tue 13 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F
Replies: 54
Views: 15679

Re: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F

@flash_uk - splendid, additional data. Hurrah. Thank you!
by winesecretary
23:58 Mon 12 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1975 Delaforce
Replies: 0
Views: 484

1975 Delaforce

Popped and poured. Excellent level. Cork broke at the base on extraction with Durand. 99% clear coming out of the bottle though, a very pretty looking wine but hardly any opacity, dark - mid red rose 2/3rds, 1/3rd orange rim. Rather lovely nose of dusty wild strawberries covered in the white summer ...
by winesecretary
14:39 Mon 12 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F
Replies: 54
Views: 15679

Re: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F

@ Doggett - Ah, I had missed that one [as not on the '2021 physical tastings' planner]. Yes, that takes precedence. Later in the year it is.
by winesecretary
13:26 Mon 12 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F
Replies: 54
Views: 15679

Re: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F

We normally avoid July and August but how would we be on a tasting in early July in this exceptional year?
by winesecretary
13:24 Mon 12 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F
Replies: 54
Views: 15679

Re: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F

Conclusion following further discussion with the B&F is that we will need to move this to later in the summer. Sorry about the false alarm.
by winesecretary
23:37 Sun 11 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Croft
Replies: 0
Views: 354

1963 Croft

Consumed 8 April 2021. Notable for three things. (a) Pop and pour. On this showing (from a splendid level bottle) this wine needs no time at all. Zilch. Nil. Nada. (b) 30% opacity, rich red. Mature red fruit on nose. Completely resolved in mouth. Red fruits, perhaps just a hint of the Croft orange. ...
by winesecretary
23:20 Sun 11 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1998 Churchill Agua Alta
Replies: 0
Views: 341

1998 Churchill Agua Alta

Note taken on day four. Previously too much eucalyptus to promote second-glass-dom. 60% opaque. Nose of garrigue and red cherries lightly poached by nanny while on holiday but sadly inadequately washed before doing so. Palate strongly herbaceous, but attractively red fruited in the middle; at the fa...
by winesecretary
10:02 Sat 10 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Date TBC, B&F
Replies: 54
Views: 15679

Re: Taylor's Terra Feita Vertical, Provisional Date 10 June 2021, B&F

We may need to move this one, as we are still currently limited to tables of 6 for this date. We might be able to have more than one table - perhaps 6, 6, 2 - with no physical intercommunication between them - but that depends on the situation nearer the time. Will update in a month.
by winesecretary
13:06 Thu 08 Apr 2021
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Porto
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Hello from Porto

Welcome, Paul! And, how lovely it must be actually to be in Porto now (I note it's 65f there today). We are all jealous...
by winesecretary
22:28 Wed 07 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 92
Views: 10907

Re: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

I have just opened the one bottle I have in London of the '98 ChAA. Quite stinky right now. I will have to retrieve another before this tasting. Or just stick with the four other Churchills I have in the 'fridge.
by winesecretary
11:22 Tue 06 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #8 - Thurs 15 April - Graham’s
Replies: 27
Views: 991

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #8 - Thurs 15 April - Graham’s

If afterparty is still going at 2130 I may join you if there is space.
by winesecretary
21:47 Fri 02 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022
Replies: 37
Views: 1958

Re: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022

This is starting to look like two tastings, perhaps one of tawny and VP, perhaps the other of LBV and colheita?
by winesecretary
11:05 Fri 02 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022
Replies: 37
Views: 1958

Re: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022

Idle perusal of vintageport.se tells me this was a business founded by Manoel D. Poças Junior in 1918 (that explains the '100 years' cork on the 2000 colheita botled in 2018, I was wondering) and now called Manoel D. Poças Junior Vinhos SA. I infer that Poças Junior and Poças are the same wine, the ...
by winesecretary
21:33 Thu 01 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022
Replies: 37
Views: 1958

Re: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022

@ Glenn E. - Thank you, you have heightened my higher hopes. I've never had it, it was just a wandering-round-the-internet-one-weekend-ooh-that-looks-an-interesting-bottle purchase.
by winesecretary
21:25 Thu 01 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022
Replies: 37
Views: 1958

Re: Poças, Tue 26 April 2022

@ rich_n I was drinking the 2000 Colheita yesterday, not the 1997 Colheita. It was indeed underwhelming.

I have the 1964 Colheita and the 2011 VP which I could offer up for this tasting. I have higher hopes of both.
by winesecretary
09:36 Thu 01 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Pocas Colheita Bottled 2018.
Replies: 0
Views: 335

2000 Pocas Colheita Bottled 2018.

+ 24 hours Clear dark orange hue. Hint of VA on nose. Palate mainly of orange citrus and caramel sweetness, butterscotch as rich_n who was drinking a related bottle accurately identified. Pleasant, but very sweet and a little short. There remains some doubt in my mind about whether this bottle was f...
by winesecretary
14:51 Sat 27 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411508

Re: Latest buy

@ Mike J.W. - at a purchase rate of 12 bottles a week, looks like you are building up stocks in advance of retirement...
by winesecretary
00:19 Thu 25 Mar 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #7 - Weds 31 March - Colheitas
Replies: 26
Views: 1937

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #7 - Weds 31 March - Colheitas

I'm assuming he's pleading a fifth of a gallon.