Vintage Port Notes

Vintage Port Notes

Vintage Port Notes - Recent

26th January 2010 | Vintage Port Notes

Adrian Bridge, the Managing Director of the Fladgate Partnership which includes Taylor, Fonseca and Croft, came to the annual portfolio tasting of their distributors, Mentzendorff to present a selection of Vintage Ports.

21st January 2010 | Vintage Port Notes

Smith Woodhouse 1966  ****

21st September 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

Niepoort Ten Year Old Dry White ****

Deep straw in colour; pleasing, savoury, old fashioned, lanolin, musky-casky aromas with honey too, on the way to tawny in style; savoury-sweet flavours, honey and brazil nuts. Top notch, the best in a very small class of cask-aged white Ports. 18

20th September 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

Warre 1970 **** / *****

8th July 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 1961 **

2007 Vintage Port Part II
7th July 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

This tasting includes all the wines missing from earlier tastings in London. For some reason none of the 2007s from Sogevinus appeared in the UK. I was surprised to find the wines from Cálem, Burmester, Barros and Kopke bottled with short corks. I have included Niepoort in this tasting again as a point of reference.

27th May 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

The 2007 Port Vintage is not comparable to any other that I have tasted in my career (I go back to the 1983 vintage, not that far but still far enough). The wines have a wonderful purity. The vibrant fruit that is so expressive of the Douro shines through clearly on the nose and palate.

10th May 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

Quinta do Noval, Colheita 1974 ****/*****

6th May 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

These wines were tasted at the joint launch of the 2007 vintage in London by the Symington family, the Fladgate Partnership and Quinta do Noval.

1st May 2009 | Vintage Port Notes

Niepoort Garrafeira 1977 **** 

3rd June 2008 | Vintage Port Notes

Quinta do Noval Colheita 1964 ****

Still quite deep, amber-red; closed initially, served very cold, milk chocolate, rich, still quite firm with a touch of peppery spice, rich and structured, very youthful for its age. 16

13th May 2008 | Vintage Port Notes

The Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club is one of the few places where you can play the game of Real Tennis in the UK. Not that I play, although I have tried. I am a member though and the club does have a very decent cellar, ably stocked and maintained by member Arnold Smith.

30th November 2007 | Vintage Port Notes

This is the tasting that spurred me into setting up my own website, a once in a lifetime event that wasn’t taken up widely by the UK press. Held at the Factory House in Oporto, we tasted a century of Vintage Port from two great houses, Taylor and Croft.

29th November 2007 | Vintage Port Notes

Croft, one of the oldest and most distinguished names in the Port trade, has had a chequered history in recent years. In 1911 the company was taken over by Gilbey Vintners which in turn became part of International Distillers and Vintners (IDV) then Diageo.



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