This is a parallel tasting of wines from two very individual Port shippers, both with a strong family input. The wines were presented by João Nicolau de Almeida and Dirk Niepoort respectively. These two producers obviously resepct each other even though they admit to doing things very differently. This is emphatically not a Ramos Pinto v. Niepoort tasting and the vintages selected were the years in which they thought that their respective houses performed strongly.
Vintage Port Notes April 2014
Port shippers C. da Silva are sitting on a treasure trove of white Port. These wines have been quietly and carefully looked after in cool lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia and deserve to be better known. This was Jim Reader’s aim in presenting half a century of white Port alongside two old tawnies. Jim (ex-Cockburn) made a play on Ernest Cockburn’s famous maxim, ‘the first duty of Port is to be red…’ as his theme. All of these Dalva white Ports thoroughly deserve to be drunk, though some more than others as you will see below!
This is the second extensive Sandeman vintage Port tasting that I have undertaken in the last four years (see entry for 13th May 2011 for a more extensive tasting with the Port Forum). This tasting focused on younger vintages and was organized to demonstrate the re-birth of Sandeman as a serious vintage Port house following its aquisition by Sogrape in 2002 and bolstered by the appointment of Luis Sottomayor as chief wine maker in 2007.