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by winesecretary
21:59 Sat 04 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking
Replies: 53
Views: 5716

Re: Lockdown Drinking

Tom - without wishing to commit lese-majeste - are you sure your bottle of T92 was right? I have a strong [sufficiently strong to be slightly irrational] anti-Parker prejudice, but I've had T92 twice in the last eight months, and been wowed by it. 'Hollow' is not a word I would have used to describe...
by winesecretary
21:49 Sat 04 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Niepoort
Replies: 0
Views: 878

2000 Niepoort

95% opaque red juice. Poached plum on the nose. Big hit of raspberries on the front palate, poached plum and bassetti thereafter, long, warming, delicious and fresh finish, nothing cloying about this one. Youthful but not immature, this is drinking now with a decent decant, and is admirable port. De...
by winesecretary
16:05 Sat 04 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking
Replies: 53
Views: 5716

Re: Lockdown Drinking

A glossy Chambolle-Musigny 2014, Domaine Odoul-Coquard, all blackcurrant and chocolate, was my reward for one of the longest working weeks of my life (everything that needs any discussion seems to take much longer by email/phone/videoconference compared to popping round to someone's desk for two min...
by winesecretary
21:04 Wed 01 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Croft Roeda
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

Re: 2005 Croft Roeda

Andy, thank you. Certainly the wine I am (re) tasting this evening is not the one I recognise from your tasting note (which tasting note, albeit ten years old, was the reason I bought it when offered it at a decent price in the first place). The bottle I am re-tasting this evening is pleasant, but f...
by winesecretary
23:08 Tue 31 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Croft Roeda
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

2005 Croft Roeda

From half bottle. 2 hr decant. 60% opaque, red juice. Indeterminate nose. Rather nice berry compote in the mouth, but they are not particularly differentiated berries, albeit there's discernibly some white currants in the mix. Warm towards the finish. On the sweet side of balanced now, but will beco...
by winesecretary
20:59 Tue 31 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1979 Warre LBV (Unfiltered)
Replies: 1
Views: 643

Re: 1979 Warre LBV (Unfiltered)

Retasted on 31/03/20.

Rich ruby colour retained. Liquorice/garrigue/slight aniseed nose and palate; attractively medicinal. Black cherry on the palate, possibly a hint of dates. Still has the freshness, not at all sticky. Very good. One of which to buy more if I see it.
by winesecretary
00:32 Tue 31 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 12 May 2020, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F
Replies: 36
Views: 12051

Re: Tue 12 May 2020, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F

As a result of a fortuitously-priced recent auction, I have now also acquired Fonseca.
by winesecretary
12:47 Mon 30 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1979 Warre LBV (Unfiltered)
Replies: 1
Views: 643

1979 Warre LBV (Unfiltered)

Bottled 1984. Level i.n.. Almost no sediment on decant. 60% opaque rich red juice- a fine looking port. Herbaceous nose, slightly underwhelming, promising less than it delivers. Some dates early, and delicious red cherry flavours mid-palate. Very long warm finish with touch of orange. Lovely balance...
by winesecretary
12:38 Mon 30 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 7214

Re: Another virtual tasting

Yes please. I couldn't do Wednesday 1st, the toad work. Tuesday 7th April I would be there, with my port ready-decanted and an expectant expression. I might even put on a dinner jacket although, alas, no cat will be available to assist me with the tasting.
by winesecretary
18:26 Sun 29 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 1084

1995 Taylor Vargellas

Half bottle. 60% opaque. Fairly spirity when first popped and decanted and not a great pleasure to drink. Dramatic amounts of sediment. After 72 hours in a decanter in the fridge, almond and cherry blossom on the nose (really!). Morello cherry jam and later rosehip syrup on the palate. Warm but not ...
by winesecretary
10:33 Sun 29 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking
Replies: 53
Views: 5716

Re: Lockdown Drinking

Being drunk in stages over the next few days... - Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2012, Maison Belle Lies - Warre 1979 LBV (unfiltered) (Bottled 1984) Already consumed over the past week... - Chateau Musar 2011, half - T83 There were some really fine wines flowing over my tonsils in the 14 day period before ...
by winesecretary
12:37 Sat 28 Mar 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9616
Views: 667911

Re: One quiz at a time

All the wines scored points?
by winesecretary
09:48 Sat 28 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256283

Re: Latest buy

I think I was bidding in the same sale as Tom (on different lots). Croft 91 at £31/bt all in and Fonseca 92 at £50/bt... I'm very happy with those.
by winesecretary
00:22 Fri 27 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020
Replies: 63
Views: 12727

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

It was enormous fun. I must confess it was my first video-conference on Zoom ever (although I have had three more today, two of which also involved cats intruding, although neither in my view as fine as Charles's). I got to meet (virtually) Simon for the first time, which was great, and our intended...
by winesecretary
17:08 Wed 25 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020
Replies: 63
Views: 12727

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Mine decanted 1300 today- an advantage of working at home is that decanting at crack of dawn before going to work is not a logistical necessity.
by winesecretary
21:41 Tue 24 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256283

Re: Latest buy

3 x Vargellas 1995 en demi
3 x Croft Roeda 2005 en demi

...both from Tanners as part of a selection of half bottles of wine for drinking solus over the next few weeks/months.
by winesecretary
17:36 Mon 23 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 1374

1963 Taylor

Unknown UK bottler, level base of neck. Cork came out cleanly with Durand. Wine was 50% opaque with a yellow-green rim. Very herbaceous - garrigue - on the nose. Alcohol prominent. Lots of swirling released some cherry and chocolate notes. Marzipan on the mid-palate, cranberry and cherry stone on th...
by winesecretary
22:35 Sat 21 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 1305

1970 Taylor

Wine Society bottling, level half way up neck. Opened and decanted for four hours [to replace a disappointing Dow 1985]. A deep rich red, 60% opaque. Gloriously clear liquid. On the nose, christmas pudding, bit of sage, merest hint of pear drop. Garden herbs on the front palate, then a rich wash of ...
by winesecretary
19:11 Fri 20 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020
Replies: 63
Views: 12727

Re: Cancelled - Wed 25th March 2020

Alex, I also am up for a virtual tasting on the 25th, since we are otherwise unlikely to be able to drink port together for a while.
by winesecretary
14:58 Wed 18 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE-Day Tasting?
Replies: 15
Views: 2600

Re: VE-Day Tasting?

I would be keen but am similarly 45-less. would be prepared to adopt, and will similarly hunt. If it is extended, from the rationing years I have just a single bottle of Dow 1950.
by winesecretary
18:06 Fri 13 Mar 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9616
Views: 667911

Re: One quiz at a time

Vale Dona Maria
by winesecretary
23:08 Sat 07 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 3235

Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Slightly more purple in the red. Still 90% opaque. The eucalyptus has faded and there are more forest fruits on the nose. A hint of mint. Still pretty muted. Front and mid palate has filled out a bit, black-fruit dominant, but the big chocolate tannins still dominate the finish. I do wonder whether ...
by winesecretary
17:57 Sat 07 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256283

Re: Latest buy

9 bottles of 2000 Niepoort Secundum. I have been much enjoying the halves of Fortnum & Mason 2000 that I have been drinking (which is Secundum also); I find the higher total acidity and very slightly lower sugar level refreshing.
by winesecretary
00:45 Sat 07 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist
Replies: 5
Views: 3539

Re: Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist

Idly reviewing this very old thread: the father of a school-friend was an Anglican missionary in Africa (where wine tended to spoil unless fortified) until middle age. In his later years he was a hospital chaplain in England and as was his habit he used a good sound LBV for sacramental purposes. I u...
by winesecretary
23:48 Fri 06 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 3235

1983 Smith Woodhouse

Decanting sample from a bottle opened for the weekend. 90% opaque red juice. Eucalyptus and dusty red cherry on the nose. Little fruit on the mid-palate, dominated by tannins. Tobacco and - is that lemon? - late. In truth this is pretty obdurate, and not a pleasure to drink right now. I'm going to l...