Monday, December 8, 2014

Report from ... Port & Douro Tasting - November 17, 2014

A month (or so) before Christmas and the Portuguese came to town for a minor tasting of Douro wines and their most well-known, and winter-ready wine, Port.

The majority of the wines were red, I think there was but one white in the whole place, and it wasn't all that impressive anyway ... but there were some very good Ports on the tables and some pretty decent red wines.

Alas the organization of the event was pretty shoddy - no booklet about the wines, or to even list the wines being poured, doors were 20 minutes lat in opening and there was a surprising/shocking lack of nibblies - the Port should have at least had some blue cheese to go with it.  Good thing I found the best value LBV I've tasted in quite a while and that made this tasting so worthwhile.

The Table Wines of Note ...

Bulas 2009 Grande Reserve Touriga Nacional
black cherry, plum, spice and good acidity for backbone
*** 1/2+
Vila Regia 2012 Reserva, Douro
spiced cherry and plum
*** 1/2+
Quinta de Azinhate 2007 Reserva
nice dark fruit, plum, cherry, mocha and silky tannins
Prats & Symington 2011 Post Scriptum de Chryseia
smooth and sexy - plum, blueberry, black cherry and chocolate;
a real beauty and a must try wine
Quinta do Portal 2008 Mural Red
a mix of cherry and sour cherry with a hint of herbal and plum
*** 1/2+
Quinta do Portal 2012 Colheita Tinto
smooth and silky with mocha-coffee hints and blackberry and red plum

Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio Red
nice, almost creamy, cassis, raspberry and cherry
with elements of plum and chocolate
(this is a special label to stop the dam of the Tua River "Salver o Tua")
*** 1/2+
The Ports of Note ...

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny
creamy cherry, hint of almond, smooth mid yet with good acidity

Taylor Fladgate 2008 Late Bottled Vintage Port
rich cherry, smooth yet with good acidityalong with plum and chocolate
Taylor Fladgate 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port
richer, creamier, plummier with deep black cherry,
a chocolate seam - pure hedonistic Port pleasure
The best value LBV I've tasted in a long time ...
**** 1/2+
Sandeman 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port
silky smooth cherry with a lovely length
*** 1/2
Sandeman 2000 Vau Vintage
ready to drink with nice sour and spiced cherry
with notes of almond and hazelnut

Bulas 2009 Vintage Port
rich and juicy cherry/blackberry, plum, chocolate and
well-balanced acidity
Senhora do Convento Ruby
light and flavourful with plenty of cherry,
a Port for those just starting out with the style
*** 1/2+

Senhora do Convento Tawny
spearmint/menthol/slightly medicinal
very young with decent acidity
*** 1/2
Warre's Optima 10 Year Old Tawny
cherry, plum, spice, plus a chocolate mid-palate
Warre's Optima 10 Year Old Tawnyunctuous, cherry and spice with a lovely almond woodsy-cherry-caramel finish
Quinta do Portal 1999 Vintage Port
pepper-cherries, creamy smooth mouthfeel, good acid for balance

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