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by JacobH
10:06 Tue 29 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

Asking a bar-man to bring me something “interesting” in a small wine bar which was rather generously stocked with Portuguese wines, he returns with another bottle of Vulcânico by the Azores Wine Company. This time it is the tinto / red which is a field blend, apparently containing a very large numbe...
by JacobH
09:42 Tue 29 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1807

Re: Port myths and their truth

Whilst the IVDP has never been entirely reluctant to sort out labelling problems (e.g. abolishing “Vintage Character”), I think the problem with Tawny Ports is that the blending process doesn’t really lend itself to “minimum age”. For example, when we did the Quevedo “blend your own tawny”, I rememb...
by JacobH
21:31 Mon 28 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cálem White “White & Dry”
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: NV Cálem White “White & Dry”

I really don't like dry whites. Dalva has several and I don't care for them at all. I also actively dislike Taylor's Chip Dry. Nasty stuff... might even be worse than pink Port for me. I agree with you about struggling with the dry white ports. I think I was one of the few people who didn’t rave ab...
by JacobH
21:18 Mon 28 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1807

Re: Port myths and their truth

The one that annoys me all the time because it's really simple to disprove, is that TWAIOA either average that old, or that's the age of the youngest wine in the bottle, or some other standard that comes from some other alcohol is stated as fact for Tawnies. The number on the label only represents ...
by JacobH
10:30 Mon 28 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

For a Tejo VR , I try a 2017 Quinta da Alorna which is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Castelão, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. It’s perfectly drinkable but rather unexciting. Perhaps I should have tried something a little more premium, instead. Ah, interesting. See, now you've tasted something I haven't: Chu...
by JacobH
10:04 Mon 28 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1807

Port myths and their truth

Something that bothers me is how often you hear or read things about Port that seem completely far-fetched but which may have a kernel of truth at their heart which is difficult to discern. This is made worse by the frequency with which you end up reading completely far-fetched things about Port tha...
by JacobH
22:17 Sun 27 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cálem White “White & Dry”
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: NV Cálem White “White & Dry”

That's fair enough. I think it's mostly a matter of style. When drinking young white Port unmixed, I prefer it to be purely sweet (like the Graham's No 5 or Quinta do Vallado) and thought the dry finish to this one would make a nice cocktail without adding too much sugar. I am very happy that we do ...
by JacobH
22:02 Sun 27 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Churchill Quinta da Gricha
Replies: 0
Views: 415

2007 Churchill Quinta da Gricha

I hadn’t appreciated until trying this that Churchill made an SQVP in 2007. I’m not sure if they made a full declaration, too. Deep purple, fading a little. Quite floral on the nose. In the mouth elegant, less sweet than many Ports, with few tannins left. A really enjoyable Port. Forgive the short n...
by JacobH
21:57 Sun 27 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cálem White “White & Dry”
Replies: 5
Views: 641

NV Cálem White “White & Dry”

Rather nice on the nose. Very expressively sweet; lychees, perhaps? Quite nice in the mouth. Some fresh muscat grapes and sweetness, followed by a dry finish. Pretty drinkable, though perhaps better in a cocktail than on its own. Not sure why it is described as dry rather than medium, though. Cálem ...
by JacobH
21:55 Sun 27 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cálem 10YO Tawny
Replies: 0
Views: 401

NV Cálem 10YO Tawny

Rusty red, fading to an almost yellow / orange edge. Nose is a bit spirit but oranges are also present, too. In the mouth, loads of sugar. Some tawny oranges, too. Medium long aftertaste. Unbelievably easy to drink. Very quaffable. I am very impressed. One of the better 10-year-olds that isn’t from ...
by JacobH
21:53 Sun 27 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Cálem
Replies: 0
Views: 417

2015 Cálem

Dark purple, fading to a lighter purple. Quite floral on the nose. Violets, perhaps? Strongly grapey, still. Very sweet on first tasting. Only limited fruit in the mouth: blackberries and blackcurrants. Limited acidity. Surprisingly few tannins. Drinkable now: very enjoyable but query longevity. Cál...
by JacobH
21:49 Sun 27 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 139
Views: 69504

Re: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week

I may be missing something but why would anyone order the Quinta da Gaivosa 20 YOT rather than the 1978 Barros Colheita when the latter is cheaper than the former? (Ditto for two glasses for AdS white rather than one of either of these!)
by JacobH
16:14 Sat 26 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Croft Pink
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: NV Croft Pink

When they started making the Croft Pink, I think the suggested mixed drink was just with soda water. I recently tried one with soda and a small amount of Aperol. The Aperol really adds something and is well worth trying if you are into Port cocktails.
by JacobH
11:50 Sat 26 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

I have also been continuing with my DOC-bagging. We opened the 2012 Viúva Gomes Colares DOC . This is an entirely new region to me. I really like it. It’s made, I think, from Ramisco which is the traditional Colares grape which is grown un-grafted in sandy soil near the coast. Apparently many of the...
by JacobH
11:29 Sat 26 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

...when you visit Kent ... Jacob - didn't realise you were in the GoE. Where? Just outside Sevenoaks. I assume you are, too? Whereabouts are you? East Farleigh - just outside Maidstone. Not very far away at all. We should try to have a Kent offline! (Whilst I can’t think I’ve seen a BYOB place in K...
by JacobH
11:24 Sat 26 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Churchill's Port Club
Replies: 34
Views: 9741

Re: Churchill's Port Club

10 year old, 20 year old and a ‘club tawny’. Ditto. The indication-of-age tawnies seem like small bottles — presumably 50cl. I think they only bottle their tawnies—and the white—in 50cl bottles. Incidentally, I think there is going to be quite a lot of duplication unless or until they start includi...
by JacobH
10:31 Tue 22 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

It's a Palmela DOC. I checked out the back label and I think your confusion comes from the fact that it says "Comissão Vitivinícola Regional da Península de Setúbal", which is just the certifying body ('Regional Commission'). To be perfectly honest I don't really rate Península de Setúbal table win...
by JacobH
10:17 Tue 22 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

nac wrote:
17:46 Mon 21 Jun 2021
JacobH wrote:
22:27 Fri 18 Jun 2021
...when you visit Kent...
Jacob - didn't realise you were in the GoE. Where?
Just outside Sevenoaks. I assume you are, too? Whereabouts are you?
by JacobH
22:27 Fri 18 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

If you're ever in my neck of the woods feel free to contact me, I'll happily share the contents of my cellar. Thank you very much! I’d love that! (And of course, when you visit Kent, we can have some English wines; followed by some Port!). I like alfrocheiro. High acidity, deep colour, vibrant red ...
by JacobH
13:17 Thu 17 Jun 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: [POSTPONED] Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park
Replies: 22
Views: 4339

Re: Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park, 17 July 2021

That’s understandable, if a shame! Perhaps other potential attendees could let me know if they are still keen for 17 July (with, of course, the possibility of a re-run in August if successful) or whether they would also like it to be put back?
by JacobH
22:34 Wed 16 Jun 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: [POSTPONED] Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park
Replies: 22
Views: 4339

Re: Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park, 17 July 2021

I am rather worried I have jinxed the COVID recovery plan by proposing this but we are still keen if anyone else is!
by JacobH
22:31 Wed 16 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

I am desperately trying to eradicate my prejudices against white wine. Accordingly, in order to bag a Alentejano VR , I have quite a session with the wines of Herdade da Malhadinha Nova. Four whites and a rose unfortunately confirms all of my prejudices against white wine generally. The most interes...
by JacobH
22:14 Tue 15 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 2330

Re: DOC-bagging

I also drank Algarve VR only once, a few years ago, at a cousin's wedding. It surprised me in how quite pleasantly drinkable it was - Barranco Longo Private Selection Red, a blend of Aragonez (Tinta Roriz) and Alicante Bouschet. I don't much care for Syrah, so I'm not surprised you didn't enjoy you...
by JacobH
11:49 Tue 15 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 18
Views: 1859

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

I don’t disagree with you about the importance of blending. It is also a notable that it can be used to criticise Portuguese and other less-popular European wines—sherry is a good example—but you never hear of similar criticism for the really popular blended wines such as Bordeaux reds or champagne....
by JacobH
09:39 Tue 15 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 18
Views: 1859

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

It was scored only the merits of its contents and not the label attached to it. I assumed that was the case, although I do think with a categorised wine like Port there is nothing wrong with scoring them by category Is there such a thing as a "full" Vesúvio declaration? To me, and based on price, a...