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by WineLoverPT
12:49 Sat 11 Oct 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Lisbon's "Wine Tasting Room"
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Lisbon's "Wine Tasting Room"

At the recommendation of a respected member here, I visited the Wine Tasting room in Lisbon a few days ago - I was doing my "tourist guide" thing for a visiting friend so it seemed appropriate. http://www.winesofportugal.com/en/travel-wine/wine-travel/wines-of-portugal-tasing-rooms/ (yes, they have ...
by WineLoverPT
19:29 Sat 09 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2009 Niepoort LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: 2009 Niepoort LBV

I think that the Niepoort LBVs are probably better after some years in bottle. In their youth they may not be better than their filtered peers. You asked me if I'd tried it yet - so, guinea-pig style, I took that as an indication that it was ready to be drunk! :roll: Not to worry - the friends like...
by WineLoverPT
17:09 Sat 09 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2009 Niepoort LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 657

2009 Niepoort LBV

Bottled in 2013 Pull-style cork 17,45 euros http://i58.tinypic.com/155gh1t.jpg Decanted at 1pm: Rich, not as dark as some - fruity, but somewhat rough - hot in the stomach. D + 6: It’s opened up a bit more now - rich fruits - redcurrants perhaps, damselberries - still a little hot in the stomach. We...
by WineLoverPT
11:35 Thu 07 Aug 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Porto - a new currency..
Replies: 9
Views: 1200

Re: The Porto - a new currency..

I was bored a few weeks ago, so I looked into BitCoin - I'd heard of it, but didn't really know what it was all about. I was shocked . I'm not talking about the underlying concept of BitCoin, but about the way new BitCoins are "mined". I downloaded a bit of software that mines coins - there was a la...
by WineLoverPT
08:17 Thu 07 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2003 Quarles Harris
Replies: 0
Views: 467

2003 Quarles Harris

http://i60.tinypic.com/2j3hbfo.jpg Decanted at 6pm: opaque purple. Not much in the nose. Rich - blackberries, a bit rough, some heat - long finish - will it ever end? If it can just loose that slight rough edge, this would be excellent, at the moment it’s just fairly nice. D + 3: Some heat, elderbe...
by WineLoverPT
08:59 Tue 05 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Ramos Pinto 20YO Tawny (Bottled 2007)
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: NV Ramos Pinto 20YO Tawny

RP's 20-yr old is a superb example of the genre. I was hoping it was something of a reference bottle - hence my experimenting with it. It's not that I didn't like it... Let's say I won (really, not a "Nigerian" win) tickets to either a Rugby International or a Football international - my choice. I ...
by WineLoverPT
14:05 Mon 04 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"
Replies: 28
Views: 1787

Re:

djewesbury wrote:Very nice indeed. Are they made from scratch or do you re-use pieces of furniture? I thought I detected an upside down table leg.
From scratch - the first 2 are oak, beech and ash.
The "industrial" ones are CCP (cheap crappy pine).
The last is oak (fumed in ammonia to make it blacker) and jatobá.
by WineLoverPT
10:07 Mon 04 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"
Replies: 28
Views: 1787

Re: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"

When I'm not drinking, I make things from wood. I started with this little guy... http://i62.tinypic.com/ycnz4.jpg This is now used for my "on deck" wines - the ones to drink shortly. ...and then this one... http://i61.tinypic.com/2lc1s2f.jpg ...bottles started exceeding storage, so I made this one....
by WineLoverPT
09:15 Mon 04 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Ramos Pinto 20YO Tawny (Bottled 2007)
Replies: 5
Views: 917

NV Ramos Pinto 20YO Tawny (Bottled 2007)

Bottled in 2007 Pull-style cork I acquired this during the "25% off all ports" campaign in the local supermarket about 6 months ago. http://i57.tinypic.com/n4tc88.jpg Decanted at 5pm: Thick, gooey, caramel - heat, but a bit sickly sweet. Now usually I make multiple notes - each time there's a sampli...
by WineLoverPT
10:53 Sun 03 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"
Replies: 28
Views: 1787

Re: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"

Just a minute, this isn't you buying more white port is it? I thought you had been reasoned out of this madness. No, no, no, no no, no no. This is not me buying more white port. This is just me happening upon a bottle of white port and not buying it. I suspect it is because it has a stopper rather ...
by WineLoverPT
18:44 Fri 01 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"
Replies: 28
Views: 1787

"...and the bottle must remain up-right"

I happened to be surfing around, (easily) resisting the temptation to buy a bottle of Kopke White 10 years Port. But, in reading the "blurb", which seemed very much like it had come from an official source, here... http://www.portugalvineyards.com/wines/kopke-white-10-years-port I spied the followin...
by WineLoverPT
13:35 Wed 30 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1376
Views: 127942

Re: Latest buy

2 x 2009 Niepoort Porto Late Bottled Vintage
1 x 2003 Kopke Porto Late Bottled Vintage
1x 1988 Caves Messias Porto Late Bottled Vintage Quinta do Cachão
1 x 2001 Niepoort Porto Colheita Port

6 x 2010 Filipa Pato Fortificado Espirito de Baga
by WineLoverPT
12:01 Wed 30 Jul 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2010 Filipa Pato Vinho Licoroso - Espirito de Baga
Replies: 0
Views: 392

2010 Filipa Pato Vinho Licoroso - Espirito de Baga

Pull-style cork under a wax cap. 17% 500 ml bottle http://i58.tinypic.com/2nbvuol.jpg Região: Bairrada Castas: Baga Ano: 2010 Vol. Alcoolico: 17% The 2010 ESPIRITO DE BAGA is a fortified wine from Baga. The saga starts centuries ago. After years of quarrels between the French and the English, the la...
by WineLoverPT
16:57 Tue 29 Jul 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Baga Friends tasting
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: Baga Friends tasting

If anyone gets the chance to try Filipa Pato Espírito de Baga Uma Saga (Beiras, Portugal) then please let me know what you think. I would anticipate a Maury-style wine. I was flipping, electronically, through Portugal Vineyards catalogue and ran across this - Baga wine fortified with Baga Brandy -...
by WineLoverPT
10:39 Tue 29 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2002 Quinta do Monte Bravo LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 493

2002 Quinta do Monte Bravo LBV

Unfiltered Pull-style cork Bottled 2006 18.99 Euros http://i57.tinypic.com/2rxd7iw.jpg Decanted at midday: Deep purple, red, with the merest hint of orange. Blackcurrants with a side serving of blackcurrants and a blackcurrant chaser in the nose. Oh very nice - smooth, some heat, blackberries, black...
by WineLoverPT
09:14 Sun 27 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Calem Velhotes 10YO Tawny
Replies: 1
Views: 547

NV Calem Velhotes 10YO Tawny

Bottled 2013 Stopper style cork http://i58.tinypic.com/6fqm1w.jpg Decanted at 3pm: Colour of Golden Syrup. Slightly woody. Smooth but with a touch of “whisky” in the mouth and (long) finish - possibly even a hint of Seville Orange there in the deep background. D + 6: A little darker, a little thicke...
by WineLoverPT
15:15 Fri 18 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Made to be drunk young"
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: "Made to be drunk young"

After carefully explaining my question, "The Don" at Sandeman replied with this explanation... "As you might know we can divide demarcated Douro region in three subregions: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior – as you can see on the image below. They produced different types of wines because ...
by WineLoverPT
10:51 Fri 18 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1998 Quinta de Ventozelo LBV
Replies: 9
Views: 975

1998 Quinta de Ventozelo LBV

Bottled in 2002 Unfiltered Pull style cork (although with a small plastic packet with a stopper style cork in the box - how user-friendly is that!) 19.30 euros http://i60.tinypic.com/sb0qbk.jpg Decanted at 4pm: Significant sediment, some of which actually looks like almost complete grape skins! Almo...
by WineLoverPT
17:05 Wed 16 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Seeking "The Authentic Vintage Port" experience...?
Replies: 71
Views: 4670

Re: Seeking "The Authentic Vintage Port" experience...?

To really experience White Port you need to get one that is well-aged, ideally a 1952 Dalva Golden White. But since those are exceedingly rare, any of the Kopke 10-, 20-, 30-, or 40-year olds will suffice, as would the other Dalva Golden Whites (1963, 1971). Ah ah - thanks - they are now on my list.
by WineLoverPT
15:48 Wed 16 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Made to be drunk young"
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: "Made to be drunk young"

From notes that I copied down from somewhere or other on the web for a talk I gave: "The Tinta Roriz represents the largest proportion of new plantings after the Touriga Francesa. Its large berries and big bunches produce relatively high yields and the variety gives its best results in dry years. I...
by WineLoverPT
15:26 Wed 16 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Made to be drunk young"
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: "Made to be drunk young"

I think it's all just in the balance of grapes used in the blend. Fiercely tannic varieties (maybe Touriga Nacional or Tinta Cão) that would give great longevity but which make the wine inaccessible in the short term are not required, whereas more floral varieties (perhaps including Tinta Barroca?)...
by WineLoverPT
14:52 Wed 16 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Made to be drunk young"
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: "Made to be drunk young"

Not quite answering the question, but nonetheless you might want to know that SV97 in half-bottle is way over the hill, but in double-magnum is still drinking nicely. So perhaps these wines spent a couple of years in itsy-bitsy-baby-sized bottles not unlike those one finds in hotel rooms before bei...
by WineLoverPT
13:10 Wed 16 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Made to be drunk young"
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

"Made to be drunk young"

Sometimes I see a flavour of this. Notably ... "Sandeman Porto Vau Vintage 2003 is a Vintage Porto of exceptional quality and modern style that may be enjoyed while still young or after ageing...". Ditto for the 1999. For some reason there's nothing on the 2011 Vau, but my understanding is that it h...
by WineLoverPT
10:20 Wed 16 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Seeking "The Authentic Vintage Port" experience...?
Replies: 71
Views: 4670

Re: Seeking "The Authentic Vintage Port" experience...?

Well, I managed to get rid of the rest of it, which was most of it (I'd normally say "better part", but it didn't have a better part), at a small BBQ a couple of days ago - the hostess is a white wine drinker, and she really liked it, so it went to a good home. I have a Ramos Pinto Lágrima white (du...
by WineLoverPT
07:57 Wed 16 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1376
Views: 127942

Re: Latest buy

djewesbury wrote:
AW77 wrote:6 bottles of 2011 Sandeman Vau
Very nice! From where?
AW77 recommended this one to me - one email and 5 days later I got my 12 from, it goes without saying, the lovely Cátia.