1938 Hooper

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Re: 1938 Hooper

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Re: 1938 Hooper

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Hooper’s Vintage Port

A fine old vintage port has always been considered one of the true aristocrats of the wine world. Generally bottled after two years in the wood, it completes its slow maturation in the bottle. Perhaps the greatest collection that exists anywhere in Europe can be found in the venerable cellars of Richard Hooper & Sons in Oporto. From this remarkable Port treasury, after being carefully tasted just before shipping, comes this bottle.

As long ago as 1912, the firm of Hooper’s were appointed purveyors to the British House of Lords no mean accomplishment in a country which boasts of the most discriminating Port drinkers in the world.

In the process of long-aging in the bottle, a genuine vintage Port necessarily ‟throws a crust” in the form of a sediment. If you wish to serve the wine clear, let the bottle stand upright for a while, allowing the sediment to fall to the bottom. Then pour carefully to enjoy the full, remarkable flavour.

From a Rare Vintage Port Collection available at
Sherry Wine and Spirits Co., Inc.
Imported by Vineyard Importing Co., New York, N.Y.

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Re: 1938 Hooper

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Re: 1938 Hooper

Post by jdaw1 » 23:09 Fri 07 Nov 2008

Decanted 4¾pm.

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Re: 1938 Hooper

Post by Glenn E. » 20:49 Mon 10 Nov 2008

Look: Very light for a VP, almost Tawny. (Between 10-yr old and 20-yr old in look.) Bright and clear in the glass. My second favorite color in the glass.

Nose: "Same as '42 only weaker."

Taste: Very smooth mouth feel. Marzipan, fades almost to vanilla. Soft, ripe raspberry.

Finish: Typical green apples and grape stem, but isn't very long.

This is the bottle I adopted from Julian. Coincidentally it is also my Dad's birth year, so I took the bottle home as a souvenier. Alex also provided me with a small sample bottle which we filled so that I can take it to my Dad over Thanksgiving. Thanks! :D
Glenn Elliott

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Re: 1938 Hooper

Post by jdaw1 » 05:26 Tue 11 Nov 2008

Clear brown like the ’42, but paler, with less nose and less distinct stuff going on in the nose. Very very silky mouthfeel, just like a Ferreira ’75, with some spirit and great length. Somewhat post-mature, but an entirely pleasant drink nonetheless.

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Re: 1938 Hooper

Post by SushiNorth » 16:53 Wed 12 Nov 2008

[strike]That was once at the NY Wine Warehouse, eh? That place gets more interesting every time I turn around.[strike]
strike that, wine warehouse isn't warehouse wines.
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Re: 1938 Hooper

Post by jdaw1 » 18:01 Wed 12 Nov 2008

Bought at auction. I can check details if you really care.

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