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by NickA
15:12 Mon 16 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Croft
Replies: 5
Views: 1491

Re: 1991 Croft

I find myself against trend here. I see the immediate appeal of this fresh young thing. And somewhat like the 94 it has amazingly held on to its youth. But I found some VA a distraction and ultimately for me the profile a bit simple. Doesn't fall off midway like the 94. I don't vote based on a port'...
by NickA
15:05 Mon 16 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Noval Nacional
Replies: 5
Views: 1992

Re: 1991 Noval Nacional

I liked this a lot. It was different but not as you would expect. Just a touch more depth and less developed than the very pleasurable Noval. But there was something else in the flavour profile I liked more. Cedar? Red fruit driven with perfect balance and while light really enjoyable today. Focusin...
by NickA
14:53 Mon 16 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Niepoort
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

Re: 1991 Niepoort

A pleasant surprise for me given what else happened here in the 90s. Soft nose and thankfully devoid of any obvious va. Mid colour. Mid intensity on the nose. Ready. Sweet entry. Mid depth and balance. A good port that for the 91 vintage puts it in the upper bracket for me. My vote for 3rd.
by NickA
14:48 Mon 16 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Fonseca Guimaraens
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: 1991 Fonseca Guimaraens

My bottle. And representative of where it is today so comments above happy to let stand. However, while it's in the drink soon category I find pleasure in it. Now toned down and fading gently datey fruit and herby earthy tietary notes with overall balance dimished a bit with some dryness on the fini...
by NickA
14:40 Mon 16 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 de la Rosa
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

Re: 1991 de la Rosa

A really nice spot today. In the red fruit with some rounded development and overall sense of balance and good persistence. Lots of pleasure in this one. I don't have confidence to vote based on what might happen in years to come so go for pleasure on the night. And for this bottle also surprised me...
by NickA
14:32 Mon 16 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 5
Views: 1412

Re: 1991 Taylor Vargellas

My history with this port perhaps colours my impression on the night. I am 11 out of 12 down and the biggest impression is alcohol and a hardness that doesn't budge and not really ticking much for me on the pleasure scale. This bottle showed some of the firmness but not so obvious on the alcohol sca...
by NickA
09:27 Mon 09 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 79
Views: 29448

Re: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F

Food order submitted, taking into account recent requests to change standard food orders; no standard food order exists for NickA and CMAG, so I have indicated to the B&F on their behalf simply that there will likely be some desire on their part for some steak. Sorry I thought that was done last ti...
by NickA
19:20 Thu 08 Aug 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F
Replies: 135
Views: 64110

Re: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F

In the unlikely event you need a reserve to fill in, can you put me down please? 66 is my birth year but they haven't lasted long in my household...excepting the rest of a case of Fonseca that's always been spectacular. I would however buy something to fill gaps, or offer to double up on what you'd ...
by NickA
19:55 Thu 18 Jul 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 79
Views: 29448

Re: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F

Hi guys,
Could you put me down too please?
I could offer Fonseca or Taylors, assuming these Qunitas are acceptable?
by NickA
09:59 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira
Replies: 3
Views: 2189

Re: 2017 Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira

A9: An obvious alcoholic edge to the spicy fruit. Decent tannic structure. Good acid balance. A bit unintegrated/raw today so too early to say on this one.
by NickA
09:59 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Crasto
Replies: 5
Views: 2768

Re: 2017 Crasto

A8: An edgy, lanolin nose. Slight plastic note? Same on palate with a high toned citric edge. Something not right with this bottle?
by NickA
09:58 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Maynard
Replies: 4
Views: 2458

Re: 2017 Maynard

A6: A fruit driven nose. Silky, some spirit. Sweet entry. Maybe a little simple today along with some alcoholic power. Structure? Concentration? A decent bright acid cut to the fruity finish. A pleasant nearer term prospect perhaps.
by NickA
09:57 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Portal
Replies: 5
Views: 2467

Re: 2017 Portal

A7: A good density to the fruity nose aligned to some spirity sweetness. Silky black fruit in character. A velvety fruit driven palate. Tannins well hidden and good acidic bite to balance the long finish. Excellent, with good future ahead. {Portal}
by NickA
09:56 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 2632

Re: 2017 Fonseca

A5: A denser, smokier nose. Some dustiness and an alcoholic edge. Oak too in evidence? Vanilla sweetness on palate along with oaky dryness. Quite aggressive finish and harder going today. Needs time to come together and show its potential. (Fonseca)
by NickA
09:56 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Churchill Quinta da Gricha
Replies: 4
Views: 2513

Re: 2017 Churchill Quinta da Gricha

A4: Orangey fruit top note. Palate mixed fruit with citrus and a hint of raisony ripeness. Good but lighter structure. Simple perhaps, but smooth and attractive. Good.
by NickA
09:55 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Niepoort
Replies: 5
Views: 2523

Re: 2017 Niepoort

A3: Some more obvious spirit with citrus notes on nose but still with good dense fruit in evidence although this has a harder edge. Firm, quite drying tannic palate. Needs to develop more to show well but could be a promising longer term prospect. (Niepoort)
by NickA
09:55 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham
Replies: 4
Views: 2677

Re: 2017 Graham

A2: Deep, concentrated nose. Amazing palate density-concentration with balance. Warming, clean fruit driven finish. Citrus top notes developing. Sweetness aligned to fresh acid and underlying tannic structure. Excellent+ (Grahams)
by NickA
09:54 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham The Stone Terraces
Replies: 4
Views: 2681

Re: 2017 Graham The Stone Terraces

A1: Smooth sweet apricot over rich red/black fruits. Noval like? Softly, richly tannic – balanced black fruit driven palate. Long, smooth finish. Excellent. (Grahams Stone Terraces)
by NickA
21:54 Fri 28 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Noval
Replies: 3
Views: 2211

Re: 2017 Noval

B1: A lovely citrusy sweet top note to its mixed red/black fruits. Supple, fruit driven. A good early drinking prospect. A balanced ripeness and attractive already. [Noval. Quite similar in some ways to the 16, although more a stone fruit/apricot top note in the 16).
by NickA
21:54 Fri 28 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional
Replies: 4
Views: 2121

Re: 2017 Noval Nacional

B2: Not dissimilar (to previous port, the Noval). Bright sweet fruits but with more concentration on nose and fuller tannin. Grippy acids. Good intensity and concentration on palate with firm tannic finish. Longer term prospect? {Noval Nacional)
by NickA
21:52 Fri 28 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Warre
Replies: 3
Views: 2405

Re: 2017 Warre

B3: Citrus. Orange? Sweet tannic, grippy fruit. Another longer term prospect. Fruit concentration with good acid grip and length. This is a serious port with long future. {Warres}
by NickA
21:51 Fri 28 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Bulas
Replies: 3
Views: 1895

Re: 2017 Bulas

B4: Another immediately attractive nose. Densely fruity. Palate also has concentration and latent power with balance and grip. Hidden structure and seems delicious even now. Seems to be destined for early drinking but could be deceptive. Very good to excellent.
by NickA
21:50 Fri 28 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Cockburn
Replies: 3
Views: 2283

Re: 2017 Cockburn

B5: Slightly high toned nose turning peachy with dense fruit with green flecks underlying. Quite complex and attractive already. Very fruit driven and mouthfilling. Good balance and long fruit driven finish. Excellent prospect (assuming VA doesn’t start to poke out).
by NickA
21:49 Fri 28 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Maynard Organic
Replies: 3
Views: 2127

Re: 2017 Maynard Organic

B6: A spicier, dense nose. A slightly distracting acetic edge to palate. Not sure this is as it should be?