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by rich_n
20:04 Mon 28 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Barros
Replies: 0
Views: 19

2018 Barros

Initial pnp - mostly closed nose with a hint of red cherries, but my, this opens up on the palate beautifully! Initially full of Parma Violets and perfume, but that’s immediately washed away in a sea of red cherries that fills the palate, accompanied by milk chocolate and mint. That is then followed...
by rich_n
17:32 Sun 27 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1492
Views: 288129

Re: Latest buy

I do hope you like the Barros 2018. Please do say what you think of it. I was extremely impressed. A bottle of the Barros 2018 was opened this weekend to drink with friends and celebrate a birthday and it went down very well, a luscious and fruity young VP. Thanks for the recommendation Alex! I sha...
by rich_n
00:02 Mon 21 Sep 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2015 Sebastiani Late Bottled Petite Syrah (19% fortified wine)
Replies: 0
Views: 80

2015 Sebastiani Late Bottled Petite Syrah (19% fortified wine)

This wine was tasted at the winery in California and my memory of it was delightful. PnP No sediment which suggests this was filtered (no information on the bottle). Not a great nose, closed with some fustiness. A hint of cherries. Not a particularly attractive flavour, cardboard and heat with a hin...
by rich_n
14:14 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 881

Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

Alex, the invite I have has a 6pm start, when are we actually intending to kick off? I’m happy to try and join early but will more likely be around 7pm.
by rich_n
12:33 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1492
Views: 288129

Re: Latest buy

Today I took delivery of 6 bottles of 2018 Barros (thanks to PCM for the heads up), a few bottles of the Niepoort 2015 LBV and a bottle of Noval 10 YO tawny all from Garrafeira Nacional in their 20% off sale. I couldn't believe the price of the 2018 Barros at less than £22 a bottle, now I'm torn as ...
by rich_n
11:48 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2421

Re: Cellar Defenders

I'm even getting to the point that I feel like quality unfiltered LBV needs 20 years of age. I agree. A few LBVs are made with rubbish juice that really shouldn't pass the IVDP, and some are over-filtered/fined. From the producers that take the style seriously, most should be drunk between 20 and 4...
by rich_n
19:24 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?

A rather intriguing question, and one that for myself has several answers, particularly bearing in mind that I'm very much in the early stages of my port journey, with a smaller and more youthful collection. If I'm looking to buy some port for future drinking, notes that provide large amounts of inf...
by rich_n
16:26 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fortified Retailer of the Year 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Fortified Retailer of the Year 2020

Huge Congratulations to Tony & Claire and all the team at Vintage Wine & Port for winning the Decanter Sweet & Fortified Wine Specialist Retailer of the year for 2020. Two awards in two years for VWP and very well deserved! Such a range of ports but some great online tastings this year too, which I...
by rich_n
12:17 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Quevedo
Replies: 0
Views: 529

2018 Quevedo

Tasted from samples provided in the Vintage Wine and Port/Big Fortified Tasting at-home Quevedo white port session. Tasted from a cask sample that Oscar kindly included in the tasting pack. The nose is rather perfumed, with Parma Violets and redcurrants. More sweet, perfumed Parma Violets on the pal...
by rich_n
12:15 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Quevedo LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 369

2015 Quevedo LBV

Tasted from samples provided in the Vintage Wine and Port/Big Fortified Tasting at-home Quevedo white port session. Lovely, no roughness that some LBVs suffer. Strawberries and candy on the nose. Tart red fruits on the palate with plums following on. Pepper and a nice drying tannic finish. A very en...
by rich_n
12:12 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quevedo Very Old (1970) White “Tawny”
Replies: 0
Views: 374

NV Quevedo Very Old (1970) White “Tawny”

Tasted from samples provided in the Vintage Wine and Port/Big Fortified Tasting at-home Quevedo white port session. This is a wine that is from Oscar’s family cellar collection, it’s from 1970 but has not been registered as such so is referred to as Very Old in this situation. This is an incredible ...
by rich_n
12:09 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quevedo 30 Year Old White “Tawny”
Replies: 0
Views: 372

NV Quevedo 30 Year Old White “Tawny”

Tasted from samples provided in the Vintage Wine and Port/Big Fortified Tasting at-home Quevedo white port session. The 30 year old was less buttery than the other white ports in this tasting, more caramel and nutty. Like a classic aged tawny. This is very drinkable and I could happily enjoy it on a...
by rich_n
12:00 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quevedo 10 Year Old White “Tawny”
Replies: 0
Views: 366

NV Quevedo 10 Year Old White “Tawny”

Tasted from samples provided in the Vintage Wine and Port/Big Fortified Tasting at-home Quevedo white port session. Whether this should be referred to as a tawny seems to be to for discussion in the Duoro, with some producers doing so and some preferring not to. Either way, this looks like a tawny w...
by rich_n
11:54 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quevedo Reserve White
Replies: 0
Views: 374

NV Quevedo Reserve White

Tasted from samples provided in the Vintage Wine and Port/Big Fortified Tasting at-home Quevedo white port session. I forgot to note the exact length but Oscar explained that Quevedo’s Reserve White spends a good length of time aging in barrels; I think it is 7 or 8 years. Anyway, this is delicious,...
by rich_n
11:40 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2421

Re: Cellar Defenders

do you ever drink any Port that hasn't spent some serious time aging in a bottle?! Very rarely these days. Around 98% of my port consumption is aged wine with an overall average of somewhere between 25 and 30 years bottle age. Do you find much changes in those 10 year old tawnies when they’ve spend...
by rich_n
00:20 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2421

Re: Cellar Defenders

I only have Dow’s and Graham’s crusted, acquired over the last year in various supermarket sales bonanzas. I shall look out for the Niepoort! In honour of the cellar defender discussion I’ve opened a bottle of Graham’s 10 year old tawny, which I sadly haven’t had time to cellar for 10 years in bottl...
by rich_n
16:06 Wed 02 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Barros
Replies: 2
Views: 725

Re: 2018 Barros

Garrafeira Nacional offers Barros VP 2018 for €23.12/bottle! Reading your note that must be an incredible bargain!! (and also Calem VP '18 and Burmester Arnozelo VP '18 for less than €25....). Edited: this afternoon the Barros changed to €23.92 and the Arnozelo to €26+ :( That’s a great spot! I’ve ...
by rich_n
15:48 Wed 02 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2421

Re: Cellar Defenders

I’ve been working on cellar defenders as I’ve been building up my VP collection, and mostly it’s similar to what has already been discussed. I have been intrigued by unfiltered LBVs and crusted ports, so there’s a heavy lean towards those, but I’ve also started trying 10yo tawnies from various diffe...
by rich_n
09:06 Wed 12 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Sandeman LBV (unfiltered)
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Re: 2015 Sandeman LBV (unfiltered)

It should mature in the bottle really nicely. I recently had a 2000 Sandeman LBV and I would say that it still needed another 5-10 years to hit it's peak. I think that’s what I’ll be doing with the rest of mine from this batch. However I’m not sure I’m tempted to add more stock unless Waitrose do a...
by rich_n
22:37 Sun 09 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Sandeman LBV (unfiltered)
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Re: 2015 Sandeman LBV (unfiltered)

Further tasting over the following few weeks showed a softening of this wine, and a lot of sediment was left in the bottle (having already decanted and returned the port to its original bottle). I don’t think I’ll touch this again for a few years, it’ll be intriguing to see how it improves over time.
by rich_n
09:55 Thu 06 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 2334

Re: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020

Thanks for organising these as always. It was great to catch up with you all!
by rich_n
23:10 Thu 30 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 12 August - The Boot & Flogger?
Replies: 33
Views: 2875

Re: Monday 17 August - Hawksmoor Air Street?

I'm genuinely envious of this plan. Enjoy!
by rich_n
23:09 Thu 30 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 2334

Re: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020

Please can I be added to this? I might save the rest of the Quevedo 1970 white port for the occasion...
by rich_n
23:05 Thu 30 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo Tasting 2 - 30th July 2020
Replies: 26
Views: 3557

Re: Quevedo Tasting 2 - 30th July 2020

I was genuinely impressed by all the wines and similarly blown away by the 1970! Thanks to all involved for organising, I look forward to more of these.