New York

I am in New York with the purpose of tasting some of the greatest Malmsey Madeiras of nineteenth century (see http://www.richardmayson.com/Madeira_Wine_Notes/2015/04/15/The_Majesty_o...).  With a day to spare I visit the new Manhattan offices of our importer, Skurnik. They have built up a very impressive operation in the NY Metro area but Portugal is clearly a very small part of their business and when I call in on wine retailers later in the day I find Portuguese wines typically still on the bottom shelf at the back of the shop. There is still so much more to do to bring Portugal to the fore.    

Scoring

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