Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!

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Alex Bridgeman
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Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 09:38 Sat 05 Jun 2021

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We are back at the Boot & Flogger. Gary has generously put three of us in the green room so we (a) have air conditioning and (b) are nicely spread out.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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Re: Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!

Post by PhilW » 09:57 Sat 05 Jun 2021

But... where's the port?!

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Post by MigSU » 10:26 Sat 05 Jun 2021

List wines on the table, please!

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Re: Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 10:26 Sat 05 Jun 2021

Well, we drank some wine…
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Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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Post by Alex Bridgeman » 10:28 Sat 05 Jun 2021

And then shared a bottle of Port:
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Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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Alex Bridgeman
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Post by Alex Bridgeman » 10:29 Sat 05 Jun 2021

And it was a splendid evening. So lovely to be back.

I even made my last train out of Waterloo!

Links to tasting notes:
2013 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay
2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs
2012 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
1966 Fonseca
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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Post by nac » 16:18 Sat 05 Jun 2021

Alex's F66 was exceptional. First time I've had this and now understand why JDAW makes such a fuss about it.

All of the Ridge bottles showed well. Lytton Springs was very good but overshadowed by the Monte Bello.

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Post by winesecretary » 17:33 Wed 09 Jun 2021

An evening where all the wines were highlights!

The 2013 Monte Bello Chardonnay, a new wine to me, is one of the the two or three best non-French chardonnays I have ever had - a stunning wine.

The 2010 Lytton Springs was on excellent form, open and ready from the get-go. Rather better than the 2011.

The 2012 Monte Bello, although objectively splendid even early, opened and opened through the evening and eventually completely eclipsed the Lytton Springs.

The 1966 Fonseca was truly remarkable, further comments recorded in the tasting notes thread.

Company and venue also splendid; great to be back, great to be seeing familiar faces.

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