Warre’s Vintage Port, 1985 (#feelsoold)

I’ve already established that I’ve been drinking port for over a decade and a half and have a few ‘drinking buddies’ with whom I’ve enjoyed exquisite wines with when we were in our twenties. Vintages like ’63, ’66, ’70, ’77 and the (then) exceptionally young 1985 were the wines we were drinking reasonably regularly, and anything that started with ‘nineteen ninety’ would never cross our lips. Sadly these friends live in the south of England, so drinking with them has become less frequent, so to stop the inevitable gout setting in from drinking too much port, I’ve found a few folk that I can enjoy a glass of wine with from time to time.

I have a few friends who live locally who enjoy the odd glass of port or two and one of them kindly gave me some decanted Warre’s 1985 for me to try today that he had opened to celebrate his birthday. Aside from the fact that he offered to share this wine with me, which is very touching, I realised it would be a lovely opportunity to try this wine now that it has had a few more years to mature, and mature it has. A blackcurrant aroma comes off first, with some dried fig and a little bit of tobacco.The palate is well balanced with dried berries and cocoa, a little bit of alcohol coming through but it is nicely blended in with the fruit. On the finish there is sweet tobacco and a menthol flavour too cleaning up the palate. 90pts

Now the part I’ve omitted is that when tasting this wine, I realised that this wine will celebrate its 32nd birthday this year, and the person who had opened it is only just 19 years old. He was born in 1998, a year after a vintage I still won’t touch as it is ‘too young’. Then, overthinking as I do, I realised that for this guy just setting out on his wine journey, sampling this Warre’s 1985 is the equivalent of a 1963 or 1966 vintage to me in my early twenties. I feel so old….

#feelsoold #winewastasty

Niepoort Crusted Port

BOTTLED 2012

Wow! A delightful aroma coming out of cherry, smoke and thyme… maybe some rosemary too. The palate is gentle, well integrated alcohol, firm tannin, and the alcohol comes out a little too, but really nice and dark. Sure, it needs some time to mature, but it is very drinkable now if you like a big port. 90pts (February 2017)

Niepoort The Senior Tawny Port

Strawberry red core with a brick colour around the rim, and the wine has an orange marmalade aroma up front, polished wood with some cinnamon pastry. The palate has more dried fruit up front, then a lovely brandy flavour coming out. Very soft, with little prickles of alcohol coming through, it is a super wine that offers great value for money. 90pts (February 2017)

Barros Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2011

Fresh berries on the nose, blueberries, cranberries and some underripe blackberries. There is a lovely seductive silky aroma too, leading onto more blueberry. The palate has an upfront sweetness, such a soft approachable palate and then the spirit creeps in, and it actually has a brandy like flavour. More of those lovely berries and then some aromatic spice before a gentle, bitter chocolate and tobacco flavour on the palate. Lovely lovely stuff. 90pts (Feb 2017)

Five Day Tasting – Day Three

Spicy aromas coming out today, almost as if someone has got cherry pie filling and laced it with Szechuan pepper. The palate has really lost a lot of the prominent alcohol, the fruit is bright, then with some liquorice and that oriental spice again. A freshness throughout and good balance with a very savoury cigar smoke finish. 90pts