Whilst searching for Port resources on the Web, I came across this forum and after having been almost floored by the huge amount of information and knowledge here, I decided to join.
Whilst I have had a general interest in port/fortifieds and wine in general for many years, it's only fairly recently that I have started to actively build a collection, in which Port features heavily. Whereas this forum appears to have many wise sages, whose port knowledge stretches "to infinity and beyond", mine is distinctly more finite but this is something I hope to remedy by partaking in the discussions here, and hopefully, the occasional tasting.
I have started building a collection of ports, consisting of the "usual suspects" (Taylor, Graham, Fonseca, Dow and Noval) with the intended drinking dates starting from 2020. The vintages currently span from 1994 to 2009 and the intention is now to start sampling and buying more of the older vintages. I had a decent Dow 1991 a few months ago but found it a little hot. I also tried a lovely Graham 1985 a while back and this vintage I will probably look into more earnestly. Other than that, I have my sights set on Warre 1977 and Graham and Taylor 1970 and I really look forward to trying a truly mature Port. I suppose I am long on young port as these can be bought relatively cheaply, and in quantity. As I store my wines at a warehouse, I am forced to keep cases rather than odd bottles. This week I have tried a Graham 1994 which, after having some crumbly cork issues, I found very approachable indeed with integrated tannins and no noticeable alcohol. Perhaps a little jammy but certainly not disturbingly so.
I hope 2011 will be a general declaration as the family headcount increased earlier this year. I usually don't need excuses to buy port but every little helps as the ad goes. Other than that, I am probably done buying young port but this may well turn out to be a case of famous last words.
Anyway, I am glad to have joined and will try to check in regularly.