Wed 20 February 2013 - The New Douro Tasting

What happened?
Post Reply
User avatar
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
Posts: 11946
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

Wed 20 February 2013 - The New Douro Tasting

Post by AHB » 19:16 Wed 10 Apr 2013

The New Douro Tasting was held in London this year, at the Portuguese Ambassador's residence in Belgrave Square. I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to be offered an invitation. The Tasting was well organised and feedback from the presenters made it clear that there had been plenty of visitors during the day but that the flow had been well spaced out rather than coming in large surges. This meant that although the room became cosy at times, it was never too crowded.

The attendees were presenting Douro DOC wines and ports. Unfortunately I have misplaced my Event Guide so I don't remember all the firms present but I did work my way through all of the ruby ports that were on show (see links to tasting notes below). Jancis Robinson reports the presenters to have been Symington Family Estates, Ramos Pinto, Poeira, Sogrape Vinhos, Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Vallado, Wine & Soul, Alves de Sousa, Lavradores de Feitoria, Niepoort, Quinta do Vale Meao, Prats & Symington and Quinta Vale D. Maria.

In no particular order, I tasted the following ports:
2009 Alves de Sousa vintage port
2001 Quinta do Bomfim vintage port
1998 Quinta da Cavadinha vintage port
2007 Quinta do Crasto LBV
2001 Quinta dos Malvedos vintage port
2009 Niepoort vintage port
2009 Niepoort Bioma vintage port
2008 Niepoort LBV
Niepoort VV (2012 bottling)
2007 Quinta de Roriz vintage port
1997 Sandeman vintage port
2008 Sandeman LBV
2010 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira
Vale Dona Maria Reserve Port Lote No 10
2009 Quinta do Vallado Adelaide vintage port
2010 Quinta do Vesuvio
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

User avatar
Cockburn 1900
Posts: 20588
Joined: 15:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007
Location: London

Re: Wed 20 February 2013 - The New Douro Tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 11:43 Fri 12 Apr 2013

AHB wrote:Unfortunately I have misplaced my Event Guide
Photographs of mine will be emailed.

Post Reply