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Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Cockburn 1900
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Post by jdaw1 » 22:43 Thu 28 Dec 2017

Some of the usual suspects gathered at the White Horse in Newport, Essex for the traditional Port Forum Christmas gathering to which were brought the traditional ‘Unknown shippers and their peculiar friends’. Delights of the evening included the very fine fillet steaks, the sparkling company of Jo (pub manager), Mel (on duty for the evening) and Jane the chef.


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Fonseca 1963
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Post by AHB » 21:31 Wed 03 Jan 2018

From a bottle which appeared to be from the last quarter of the 19th century. No branding was seen on the cork.

Russet brown colour, 30% opaque. Nosing of wood polish and lavender, a nose unlike any other port I have ever encountered. Very pronounced and slightly soapy. A gentle honey flavoured palate, soft and slightly soapy but not unpleasant. Modest on the palate with some oxidation showing but also plenty of fragrance, soap and grapefruit. A very pleasant finish, honeyed and soft with a flush of orange on the aftertaste. The nose of this port is odd and offputting, but the rest is much better.

2 hours later the soapiness had faded leaving lots of grapefruit in an otherwise dry port still being held together by its acidity. The aftertaste and finish were amazing, massive grapefruit and a chewing intensity. Not scored at this time. 81/100. 21-Dec-17. Decanted 2½ hours.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
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Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
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Post by flash_uk » 17:43 Wed 17 Jan 2018

35% opacity, brown orange. Nose of nettles, molasses and oranges. Smooth entry, some heat late palate, lively, good acidity oranges in the mouth.

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Post by PhilW » 10:14 Thu 18 Jan 2018

Very fresh, light grapefruit(!) and light toffee elements to the taste, with some light orange coming through later; old and gentle, and an interesting bottle to taste; would love to know what it was.
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