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Warre Porto Bottle Matured Late Bottled Vintage 1999

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Vintage: 1999
Type: Port – Bottle Matured Late Bottled Vintage
Country: Portugal – Douro

A very nice LBV at a decent price.  Full of sweet plums, vanilla and price with a long finish.

Tesco’s Finest Douro 2010

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Vintage: 2010
Type: Red Blend
Country: Portugal–Douro

This is a wine that I sampled at the Tesco Wine Fair held at the Royal Horticultural Halls this past autumn.  I wasn’t considering buying any Portuguese wines to stock the racks at home but after swirling this wine around and around my glass, it grew on me. This is a perfectly acceptable blend of various regional grapes, appropriate to serve with a basic dinner or selection of cheeses. Tesco describes this wine as, “a deep coloured, rich and warming red wine with aromas of violet and black fruits.” I would not disagree but I do recommend swirling small amounts in your glass for a few minutes in order to encourage aeration. After some minutes, taste it. If it is still highly tannic and a bit sour, just give it a bit more exposure to air.

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, medium Ruby.

Nose
Clean, with aroma characteristics of flowers (violets, in particular) and dark, black fruits.

Palate
Medium acidity. Strong tannins. Medium body.

Conclusion
Good.

N.V. Offley Porto Rosé Porto

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Rose Port
Country: Portugal- Douro- Porto

This is a straight forward pink port that I picked up in the Waitrose Wine Hall. Served chilled between 10-12 degrees Celcius and it releases its fruity aromas. Try drinking this in the early afternoon when it is hot outside, maybe while snacking on honey roasted peanuts. This could easily replace a Pimm’s when you are enjoying the sunshine in your back garden … because everyone has a sunny back garden in Central London, right?

Technical Analysis

Appearance

Clear medium pink.

Nose

Clean, strawberry aromas.

Palate

Sweet. Medium acidity and medium body. Low tannin. Flavour characteristics of strawberry. Medium finish.

Conclusion

Good.

Quinta de la Rosa Douro Aguia 2006

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Red Blend
Country: Portugal – Douro

I am generally a fan of Douro table wine, though I was a bit disappointed with this one. The wine has a deep colour, typical of the area and the grapes used (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz.) The flavours of dark berries are evident has hints of pepper with a decent finish.

Fonseca Porto Vintage Quinta do Panascal 2008

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Port – Single Quinta Port (semi-Vintage)
Country: Portugal – Douro

Blackcurrant fruit with a nice spiciness and some prune richness. The palate is thick & spicy with rich blackcurrant and blackberry fruit and good tannins. A superb port.

Quinta do Noval Porto Noval Black NV

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Quinta do Noval Porto Noval Black 002

Ink black. meant to be served chilled, but tastes excellent at room temperature. Full flavours of blackberries and prunes. Great value for money and an excellent LBV styled port.

Sandeman Imperial Tawny Port

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This tawny port is quite nice, despite being a younger port.  The fruit flavours a well developed, though I find that younger tawny’s taste less refined and elegant.  It is a good drinking tawny, and certainly good value for money.  Personally, when I have the chance to drink port I prefer a tawny with more panache.

Taylor 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This tawny port is exceptional.  A great heady nose of dried fruits and nuts, caramel and  incredible legs.  The flavours are smooth and refined with a finish that seems to last forever.  One of the best 20yr Tawny’s on the market!

Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This is a great Tawny port.  Full of sweet nuts and dried fruits and a great viscosity that creates legs that seem to never end.  I find that this tawny is a bit softer and subtle compared to the Taylor’s 20, but it is still exceptional.  The only thing that makes me sad about this port is that it is hard to find in the UK!

Aliança Douro Foral – Grande Escolha 2004

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2004
Type: Red Blend
Country: Portugal – Douro

I quite like the table wines that come from the Douro region of Portugal. They tend to be great value for money and taste superb. This one is no exception. The nose is full of deep red fruits, the colour is almost black and the flavours are berries, cherries, plums, hints of cinnamon and cassis.