It is nearly two months since we had any rain but, as always in Portugal, when it starts to rain it rains buckets and never stops. Today it is blowing a fierce gale as well and the roof of Faro Airport was blown off this morning. This deep Atlantic depression is about a month later than nornal and September has been the hottest month of the year. It has been a remarkable vintage. Apart from those picking grapes in August, the whole of Portugal has managed to complete the harvest without being interrupted by rain. The Port shippers can barely hide their glee and a vintage declaration seems to be a dead cert for early 2013.
19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)
17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)
15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)
13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)
10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)
8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)
Below 8 Faulty