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by winesecretary
22:57 Sat 24 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quinta do Vesuvio in February 2024 - 6th Feb
Replies: 102
Views: 123220

Re: Quinta do Vesuvio in February 2024 - 6th Feb

In essence, the 1994 is wonderful, and so are both 2007 Capela and straight 2011 (and probably 2011 Capela, but it was corked). The 1998 is probably the port of that vintage if you have a relevant child.
by winesecretary
22:52 Sat 24 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Blind Fun - 11th March
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Re: Blind Fun - 11th March

On the menu front - what Julian’s having, plus carrots.
by winesecretary
22:51 Fri 23 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1977's - June 11th 2024
Replies: 24
Views: 903

Re: 1977's - June 11th 2024

I am all in favour of defiant port tastings. It smacks of cool rad street cred.

If I had left my device’s autocorrect, which substituted ‘defunct’, this would have read somewhat darker.
by winesecretary
22:47 Fri 23 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Blind Fun - 11th March
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Re: Blind Fun - 11th March

Mine is unfortified
by winesecretary
11:30 Tue 20 Feb 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

+96 hours (kept in decanter in fridge in the meantime) this was still pleasant but to my taste a bit over-mature. I'll drink up what I've got and not buy more.

Vesuvio, Fonseca, and Warre on the other hand...
by winesecretary
09:02 Mon 19 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Aged LBVs - Tue 5 March 2024 @ B&F - ALIVE AGAIN!
Replies: 80
Views: 32393

Re: Aged LBVs - Tue 5 March 2024 @ B&F - ALIVE AGAIN!

Potted crab, glass of manzanilla
Steak pie, roasted carrots
Welsh rarebit

Thank you
by winesecretary
22:16 Fri 16 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024
Replies: 44
Views: 13354

Re: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024

Have opened the Smith Woodhouse so take that off the list of options proffered…
by winesecretary
23:27 Wed 14 Feb 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 232

1994 Smith Woodhouse

Popped, decanted and poured. Retasted after a couple of hours. 50% opaque. Smelled like VP in early maturity - still lots of dark plummy fruit on the nose but the fire gone. Hint of herbs. On the palate very much ready to go with sweetened Agen prunes and licorice. Congruent finish. Chocolate later....
by winesecretary
22:47 Tue 13 Feb 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 2095
Views: 763558

Re: Latest buy

3 bottles of the excellent 2016 Sao Leonardo VP in a tasty half price sale at Vintage Wine and Port.
by winesecretary
19:19 Tue 13 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42361

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

I can likely do 30 April but may be a bit jetlagged. An evening of young LBV will definitely help, right?
by winesecretary
23:39 Sun 11 Feb 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is 30yo VP darker than it used to be?
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Re: Is 30yo VP darker than it used to be?

So… everything has changed, sometimes several times. The following will lead to darker, but not necessarily better, ports

- viticulture - especially block planting with fewer darker varieties
- destemming
- mechanical crushers
- mechanical treading
by winesecretary
19:25 Sat 10 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1977's - June 11th 2024
Replies: 24
Views: 903

Re: 1977's - June 11th 2024

I've got Fonseca and BBR immediately to hand, will try and find the spreadsheet to track down what else.
by winesecretary
09:01 Thu 08 Feb 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is 30yo VP darker than it used to be?
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Re: Is 30yo VP darker than it used to be?

Most of the colour of red wine comes from the skins.

Wine made from

- destemmed grapes
- that have been sorted to exclude unripe grapes
- where the juice has spent longer in contact with the skins

will be darker.
by winesecretary
00:50 Thu 08 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quinta do Vesuvio in February 2024 - 6th Feb
Replies: 102
Views: 123220

Re: Quinta do Vesuvio in February 2024 - 6th Feb

Martin, thank you for organising. An evening which confirmed that 1994 Vesuvio really is all that.
by winesecretary
00:45 Thu 08 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1977's - June 11th 2024
Replies: 24
Views: 903

Re: 1977's - June 11th 2024

Yes please
by winesecretary
17:32 Tue 06 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quinta do Vesuvio in February 2024 - 6th Feb
Replies: 102
Views: 123220

Re: Quinta do Vesuvio in February 2024 - 6th Feb

V92 double decanted at 0730, to the sound of the cat complaining about his second breakfast being delayed thereby.
by winesecretary
15:25 Sun 04 Feb 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Churchill
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Re: 2000 Churchill

Has mellowed. Prunes and chocolate on nose and palate. Black cherry compote. Jolly nice with a raspberry and coconut tart.
by winesecretary
11:43 Sun 04 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024
Replies: 44
Views: 13354

Re: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024

Have located Warre, Gould Campbell and Smith Woodhouse in the cellar so will bring those back to town. Already have Vesuvio in town. Can’t find the others (Dow, QDLR, Taylor).
by winesecretary
20:03 Sat 03 Feb 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Churchill
Replies: 1
Views: 272

2000 Churchill

Popped decanted and poured. A deep red, 60% opaque. A bit of sulphur on the nose. Violets on the palate, and blackcurrant fruit pastilles. Long warm finish. Very much a baby. Powerful port. Will see how it goes over the next couple of days, but suspect I may end up leaving the rest of the case for a...
by winesecretary
09:04 Sat 03 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Blind Fun - 11th March
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Re: Blind Fun - 11th March

Let me know if you want me to bring a Durand (Port Edition).
by winesecretary
20:26 Thu 01 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Blind Fun - 11th March
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Re: Blind Fun - 11th March

I’m in (aka, ‘yes please’)
by winesecretary
00:43 Sun 28 Jan 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cancelled: Ɇmɇɍǥɇnȼɏ, Møn ƻ9 ɈȺn ƻØƻ4
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Emergency, Mon 29 Jan 2024

Regret unavailabile due to only just having flown back from Madeira and having to cope with resultant email deluge. Regret much not least because it’s been a while since port.