Some Port Tasting Notes

This page contains my Port-drinking records since mid-2007. Since then I have tried 626 different Ports.

I try to write notes on most of the Ports and there are 629 on this page.

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Year Type Producer Notes
1873 VP 0.2
Sandeman Brown in middle, fading to green. Quite hot on nose on first tasting, followed by a nuttiness. In the mouth, walnuts, a little brown sugar and some oranges. No proper fruit. Very long after-taste but a little spirity and bitter at the end. Somewhat disappointing compared to the 1884.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1884 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Sandeman Obviously extremely old. A pale golden colour. Still very drinkable. Huge amounts of rosemary on the nose.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1900 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Warre Very dark for its age. Good on the nose. Excellent Showing.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1904 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC++
Croft Mature. Spicy. Going quickly.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
Good, dark, colour. Some fruit still in the mouth, followed by a long, impressive after-taste. Fabulous.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1904 VP 0.2
Sandeman Reddish-brown in the middle, fading to nothing. On first tasting after decanting, quite a synthetic nose and harsh bitter tastes in the mouth. A few hours later, a nuttiness had emerged with a very little sugar but this bottle seemed damaged.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1907 VP 0.2
Unknown W.W.W. Unknown magnum. Very dark for its age. Excellent wine.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1908 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Schofield Light. Spicy. Extremely good.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1911 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Sandeman Bright orange in the middle. Lavender and cumin on the nose. In the mouth, slightly sweet with lavender and other herbs predominating. Quite acidic, too. Damaged in some way; slightly Madeirised but still very elegant and attractive.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1917 VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Unknown Deep ruby red; a fantastic colour for such an old Port. In the mouth, huge sensation of red currants. Excellent.   Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2010-12-16)
1920 VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Fonseca Still incredibly dark and powerful. Probably the wine of the night.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1922 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Warre Justini and Brooks bottling. Colour fades to almost nothing on the edge. On the nose, very smoky. No fruity left and notably little sugar but a long aftertaste.  Drunk: Christmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1924 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Offley Very dark. Oddly black in colour. In the mouth, very malty with a slight cola flavour. Longish aftertaste.  Drunk: Christmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1927 VP 0.2
Cockburn Leaking bottle. Tobacco on the nose, with slight amonia. Much nicer on the palate. Slight cherry; extremely drinkable.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
1927 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Martinez Very dark: as deep in colour as the Taylor 1955. Quite gentle on the nose, perhaps a touch muddy. In the mouth, a little fruit and some astringency.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2010-12-16)
1927 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Sandeman Brown in the middle and fading towards the edge. Very little on the nose. Subtle spices. In the mouth, a very little fruit, with some caramelised sugar. Perhaps a touch of cola, too. The aftertaste was short. Nice but not fantastic.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1927 VP 0.20.2
PossiblyP++
Taylor Slightly disappointing.   Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
Very, very dark. Muted and slightly spirity on the nose. Very rounded in the mouth with good structure. Classically “Taylor”.  Drunk: Christmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1931 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Leaking bottle. Ever so slightly cloudy. Pungent and woody on the nose. Perhaps slight varnish which carries on to the mouth. Slightly bitter with a fruity aftertaste.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
1933 White 0.2 CertainlyC
Cálem Golden Tawny. Spice and citrus.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1933 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Dark for age: reddish orange in the middle. Fading towards the edge. Very muted on the nose, with a slight roughness. Some heat, too, and little fruit. In the mouth, very elegant with a good balance of sweetness and elegance. On revisiting, continued to show good balance, with some complex, coffee-like tastes emerging. Very nice.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1934 Colheita 0.2 No!N
Dalva Bottled 1973. Somewhat harsh. Probably too long in the bottle.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
1934 Colheita 0.2 CertainlyC
Dalva House Reserve Deep brown and fading. Little on nose. In the mouth, deep, complex nuttiness. Some toffee. Some acidity. Tastes like a Vintage Bual. Some oranges. Long aftertaste with nuts, toffee and a little heat.  Drunk: Not VP Tasting II. 
1934 VP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Sandeman Brown in middle, going golden at the edge. Toffee and burnt sugar on the nose. In the mouth, very little fruit, with burnt fruit predominating. Medium aftertaste with hollow, round finish. Very attractive, but simple, Port. Not as good as the 1935.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1935 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Croft Good red colour. Huge quantities of mint on the nose and in the mouth. Spearmint everywhere. Fabulous. But falls away quickly leaving little aftertaste.  Drunk: Christmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1935 VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Cálem Wonderful. Full of chocolate and orange.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1935 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Sandeman Darker than surrounding Ports. As dark as the 1948. Quite muted on the nose. A little fruit with some stewed plums. Hit of sugar, with a slightly astringent aftertaste but one which is sufficiently long (with a hollow aftertaste) to make it attractive. Excellent.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1935 VP 0.2
Taylor Slightly disappointing.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1940 Colheita 0.2 CertainlyC--
Dalva Bottled 1978. Good brown colour in the middle but fading towards the edge. Slightly watery and astringent in the mouth, and I found it hard to get over the initial acidity but this was followed by a very good, very long aftertaste which reminded me more of very old colheitas.  Drunk: Chistmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1942 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Orange colour. On first tasting, toxic nose, which led me to believe something had gone very badly wrong. A couple of hours later, nose much improved. Toxic aroma had blown off. In the mouth, simply sweet sugar but apparently dying. On revisiting, turned into a simply sugar solution, with nothing else left.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1942 VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Niepoort From an one litre “dumpy” bottle. Deep brown. Excellent fruit remaining in the mouth with some tannins and great, long complexity. Fantastic.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1943 VP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Sandeman Slightly bitter on the nose. Perhaps a little toffee in the mouth. Very subtle, with a little fruit. Dried out, but remains very good.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1945 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Ferreira Dark for its age. Little bottle stink. Nice on the palate.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1945 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Good red colour. Horrible bottle stink. In the mouth, some slight rounded cherries. Followed by long, woody, aftertaste but let down, alas, by the bottle stink.  Drunk: Chistmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1945 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Sandeman From the Sandeman Cellar.  Drunk: TPF 30+ Initial Offline. 
Reddish brown, fading to light brown. Complex, fading fruit on the nose. Stewed fruit, too. In the mouth a hit of sugar, a little fruit and cherries. Long aftertaste. Very elegant and well integrated. A day later immediate soft fruit, some brown sugar, fades quickly. Very elegant and attractive. Delicious.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1947 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Rebello Valente Leaking. Lots of spirit. Fruit completely faded. Unfortunately, past its best.  Drunk: TCP 16iii2009. 
1947 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Sandeman Same colour as the 1947. Slightly less fruit with more heat than the 1945. In the mouth, simple sugar with some rounded cola-like flavours. Short after-taste. Slightly astringent at the end of the palate.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1947 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
PossiblyP
Smith Woodhouse Mature colour. Subdued nose. Excellent, especially since it was from a cracked bottle!  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
Very pale. Slightly stinky on the nose. In the mouth quite elegant but not quite as attractive as the previous one. Does Smith Woodhouse mature better in cracked bottles?!  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2010-12-16)
1947 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Warre Quite a lot of heat. Chocolate in the middle. Slight sourness.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1948 VP 0.2
Fonseca Leaking bottle. Still fairly dark. Good.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
1948 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Sandeman A measure darker and pinker than the 1947. More furit on the nose. Perhpas even a touch floral. Against, some sugar on the palate. Then very astringent. Otherwise, if not quite matching it, some 1945-esque cherry elegance.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1950 VP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Sandeman Similar colour to the 1948, perhaps a touch pinker. Much sweeter in the mouth than the older Sandeman. Rounded fruit, too. But with a very short after-taste. Nice if not fabulous.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1952 White 0.2
Dalva Vinologia. The nose was slightly disappointing, with a slight sensation of surgical spirit. Thankfully, once in the mouth. It had very little fruit but this was more than compensated by a luscious sweetness. I suppose Dalva must be ageing sweeter whites (perhaps a Lagrima rather than a standard dry). There was still a touch of tannins left, giving it body and this, combined with a bit of spice, reminded me far more of “mainstream” ports than any of the other whites I drank with it.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
1952 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Warre Bit darker than the others. Dusty nose. Not a lot of fruit. Not great. Quite sour. Longer tail-off than the Warre 1947.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1955 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Barros Light in the middle, getting paler to the edge where it was devoid of any colour. Quite a lot of heat on the nose. In the mouth, sweet mellow roses which lingers in the mouth. Perhaps a little faded. Not quite as complex or elegant as it may have been.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2010-12-16)
1955 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Dow Little bottle stink. Good.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
Rosy coloured in the middle, fading to orange on the edge. Rich, expressive nose; quite excellent. Initially, in the mouth, rounded fruit. Some marmalade in the back of the mouth. Long after-taste with a little heat and black pepper at the end. Mature at the moment; everything has fallen into place.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
1955 VP 0.2
Fonseca Good colour in the middle; orange on rim. Something not quite right with the nose; metal and egg yolk. Disappointing.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1955 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC++
Graham Still darkish in the middle, but quite pronounced lightening to the edges. Nose was surprisingly subdued. On the palate extremely elegant, surprisingly dry and with a long aftertaste. Excellent stuff.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Extraordinary amount of fruit on the nose and in the mouth. Wonderful toffee, syrupy flavour. Excellent.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
1955 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC++
CertainlyC
Quinta do Noval
Excellent. Sweet with some fruit.  Drunk: Christmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1955 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Sandeman Notably darker than the older Sandemans. First properly red Port. Cherries on the nose, with good sweetness in the mouth, matched with some nice fruit. Long aftertaste. Much better than the 1950 and 1945; simply excellent.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1955 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Taylor Very dark.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
Deep red in the middle, with a pinkish edge. Tobacco and peat predominated on the nose. In the mouth, good, elegant fruit. After-taste tasted oddly of Cognac but attractive nonetheless.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2010-12-16)
1955 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Tuke Holdsworth Almost identical colour to the Taylor 1955: deep red with slight pinking around the edge. In the mouth, extremely elegant, with subtle, sweet fruit. To my palate this piped the Taylor 1955 as the best of the three 1955 we tried.   Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2010-12-16)
1957 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Orange in the middle, fading to the edge. Slight rancio on the nose. In the mouth, oranges, with a short attractive aftertaste. A simple attractive Port.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1957 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Exactly the same colour as the 1955. Not so elegant on the nose but still quite well formed. Markedly sweeter on the initial palate followed by a hugely long, elegant, aftertaste.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1958 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Dow Nice. Mature but not too mature.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
Pinky / orange in the middle, fading to the edge. Very subtle on the nose, with some oranges and perhaps some rose water or turkish delight. Very little fruit remaining in the mouth. Tangerines predominate. No tannins; subtle fruit and a remaining dryness. A long hallow of an after-taste.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
1958 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Slightly darker than the 1957. Very nice on the nose with a surprising amount of fruit left. Sweet and rounded in the mouth. Very attractive.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1958 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Sandeman Older than the 1955 in colour; slightly browner. Stewed fruit with a little rancio on the nose. Rancio in the mouth, too, matched with a little sweetness. The rancio dominates with makes it unattractive.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1958 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP

Warre Slight bottle stink. Bit more rounded in the mouth than the 1952.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
Leaking bottle. Another light port. Light on the palate with a slight spiciness. Very nice.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
1960 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Cockburn Cherry red fading to translucence around the edge. Good sweet porty nose, with some red currants. Nicely balanced sweetness with rounded fruits. Very nice drinking now.  Drunk: Chistmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
1960 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Delaforce Reddy-orange middle, fading to peachy edge. Very earthy nose with some herbs and burnt orange. In the mouth, some spirit, then long aftertaste with some orange caramel. Very dry finish. Overall, very good and one of the best 1960s.   Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1960 VP 0.20.2

Ferreira Leaking bottle. Very acidic. Not particularly pleasant on the nose. Slight bottle stink.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
Slight bottle stink. Lots of acidity. Quite sweet. Pretty much undrinkable.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
1960 VP 0.2
Fonseca Red centre, then fades to the edge. Some heat on nose. Very muted. An odd paradox which showed both immediate heat and longer dryness. Attractive flavours, but let down by short aftertaste. Weak compared to other Fonsecas.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1960 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Martinez Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1960 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Sandeman Good colour; similar to the 1955. Nice fruit on the nose, but subtle. In the mouth, very attractive with good fruit and long elegant aftertaste. Very nice.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1960 VP 0.20.20.2 PossiblyP--
CertainlyC--

Warre Bit dusty on the nose. Still quite harsh. Not great.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
A huge hit of sugar followed by fruit. Perhaps a touch muted compared to the Graham 63 and 55.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
Pink in the middle, fading to orange, then nothing. A bit of rough bottle stink persevered into the palate and although it eventually blew off the wine never really got going.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
1961 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Same colour as 1957. More fruit on the nose then other, surrounding, glasses. Very sweet with lots of red fruit. Attractive.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1962 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Similar colour to the 1958 but slightly less pinkish on the edge of the meniscus. The oldest wine to show the straight-forward elegance and balance of the older Malvedos.   Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1963 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Adams Excellent drinking now.  Drunk: TPF 30+ Initial Offline. 
1963 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Croft Very good translucent red. Very good nose. Loads of spearmint. Impossible to improve nose. In the mouth, still good but little complexity. Probably one to drink now and no later.  Drunk: Douro August 2017 (Date: 2017-08-18)
1963 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Delaforce Measure redder than the 1960. Some eucalyptus. Less heat than the 1960, though. Perhaps some tobacco? Long red fruit initially, then similar aftertaste to the 1960. Some orange. Very, very nice.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1963 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC--
Dow Enjoyable.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
Quite subtle in the mouth. Compares unfavourably to the Graham’s 1970. Lots of coffee.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1963 VP 0.2
Ferreira Leaking bottle. Minor on the palate. A bit of tannins left.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
1963 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Fonseca Off bottle. Not quite there. A shame.  Drunk: TPF TCP Tasting 15i2009. 
1963 VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Graham An explosion of fruit both on the nose and in the mouth. This was extremely good and enjoyable.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
1963 VP 0.4
Quinta do Noval (Two separate bottles were consumed).  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1963 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Sandeman Similar colour to the 1960. Similar the mouth, too. Less sugar hit than the 1960, with rounded elegant fruit. Excellent. A day later, very similar to the 1945. Soft fruit, a little brown sugar. Extremely long after taste. Excellent.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
Leaking with bottle stink which had mostly blown off by time of tasting and it presented itself very nicely. Although it is now at maturity, there’s still a little amount of tannins left and the fruit is extremely attractive.  Drunk: TCP 16iii2009. 
1963 VP 0.2
Taylor Leaking bottle. Incredibly strong on the nose, but not particularly pleasant.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
1963 VP 0.20.20.20.2 CertainlyC++
CertainlyC

CertainlyC
Warre Absolutely lovely on the palate. Easy to drink. Quite little fruit and quite a lot of sugar, but otherwise very nice.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
Good.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
Slightly astringent in the palate, everyone else raved about this Port but I was somewhat unconvinced.  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
Notably more sweet than the Dow 1963. Much more expressive fruit on the nose. Slight coffee aftertaste but combined with a great amount of sweetness.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1964 VP 0.20.2

Fonseca Guimaraens Very dark and robust. Attractive but in need of much more time in the decanter to flower. Guessed as Warre 1985 or Warre 1991.  Drunk: Ides of March 2011, El Vino’s. 
Much darker than the others as around: same colour as 1966. Large change in style notable with a large amount of soft fruit. Very, very drinkable and attractive.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1964 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos A measure darker than the 1962. Attractively floral on the nose. Slightly less complex in the mouth than on the nose, but beautifully straight-forward and elegant wine.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1964 SQVP 0.2
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Still dark, and showing quite a lot of fire. In the mouth, a bit of pepper, with perhaps a little of the grassyness which re-emerged with some of the younger Vargellas.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1965 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Good red colour. Bit odd on the nose; perhaps a touch corked. Good sweetness in the mouth with a little fruit thought very short aftertaste. Elegant but very short and let down by lack of density of fruit.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1965 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos A very nice Port. Extremely smooth in the mouth with a beautiful elegance and balance.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1965 Colheita 0.2 PossiblyP--
Krohn Fine. Unexciting.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
1965 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Sandeman Same colour as the 1963. Equally fruit-filled on the nose. Much stronger sugar in the mouth, followed by less fruit and a slightly astringent after-taste. Very good but perhaps not as excellent as the 1963.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1965 SQVP 0.2
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas On the nose of this was a huge amount of toffee and caramel. In the mouth, quite similar to the 64, with perhaps ever-so-slightly less fire and pepper.   Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1965 LBV 0.2 No!N
Taylor Claimed by Taylor to be the first ever LBV. Very pale in the middle, fading to nothing at the outside edge. In the mouth, initially bitter: slightly odd, chemicals, fadding to a quite nice, long aftertaste. Far too old; dead.   Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-1-28)
1966 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP--
CertainlyC++
Croft Good red colour. Fairly spirity; in the mouth slightly chemically with a short aftertaste. Probably a flawed bottle.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
Good red colour. Perhaps the slightest touch of spirit on the nose, followed by reasonsable Portiness. In mouth, glorious round fruits with a slightly hollow aftertaste. Fabulous.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
1966 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Delaforce Similar colour to the 1963. Nice deep, reddish centre. Good porty nose. Much more subtle than the 1963. Very long tobacco at the very end. In the mouth, slight hit of sugar. Followed by rounded fruit. Medium aftertaste. Some tobacco. Some oranges. Very elegant. Perhaps even needs some more time?  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1966 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Dow Excellent; best of the older Dows.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
Fabulous fruit on the nose with some caramel. Surprising impact of sugar in the mouth. It then tailed off slightly, with a little fruit at the very end.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
1966 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP

Fonseca Deep red: a fantastic colour. Quite subdued otherwise.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2010-12-16)
A bit darker than proceeding Fonsecas. Muted on the nose. Elegant in the mouth. Soft fruits and good sweetness. Again, though, a short after-taste.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1966 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC++
PossiblyP
Graham Notably darker than the older wines in this tasting. On the palate, simply incredible complexity with a good amount of fruit to balance out its sweetness and maturity. Absolutely excellent.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Orangey. Slighter than the others. Really bitter in the mouth; probably flawed.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
1966 VP 0.20.2
CertainlyC
Quinta do Noval (Date: 2009-11-13)
Fairly well mature.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1966 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Nacional Drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting (Date: 2009-11-13)
1966 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC

Sandeman A touch darker than the 1965. A little stewed fruit on the nose, with some icing sugar and well-integrated fruit on the palate. Very nice.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
(Date: 2009-11-13)
1966 VP 0.2
Taylor Drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting (Date: 2009-11-13)
1966 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC

Warre More sweetness than the Warre 1963. Slightly harsher too. Thought still very good.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
(Date: 2009-11-13)
1967 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Croft Quinta da Roêda Very nice, one of the best 1967 SQVPs.  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
1967 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Markedly lighter than the 1966. Elegant again, with subtle attractive fruits. As good or perhaps better than the 1967.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1967 VP 0.20.2
CertainlyC
Martinez (Date: 2009-11-13)
Quite subtle. Very elegant.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
1967 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting (Date: 2009-11-13)
1967 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Nacional Drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting (Date: 2009-11-13)
1967 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC--

Sandeman Slightly darker than the 1966. Stylistically, quite different from the older Sandemans, but similar to those which were younger, suggesting this was the year when the house style changed. Peppermint everywhere on the nose. Some fruit in the mouth, but peppermint predominates. Very attractive.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
(Date: 2009-11-13)
1967 SQVP 0.40.20.2 PossiblyP++


Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Corney and Barrow bottling. Bottled 1969. TPF TCP Tasting 15i2009. Retasted TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009. Nose is surprisingly subdued, with a slight tumeric-like spiciness. In the mouth, quite lovely; it is showing a bit of the traits of the ’64, with only a little sugar, some pepper and tumeric. This leads to a surprisingly bitter aftertaste, although not in an unpleasant way. Although the tannins have faded, it is still quite complex and it lasts a great deal of time in the mouth.  
(Date: 2009-11-13)
Oporto bottled in 1970. Slightly darker, with a touch more fruit than the Corney and Barrow bottled 1969, but without the complexity of the maturer bottles.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1967 LBV 0.2 No!N++
Taylor Similar colour to the 1965 LBV. Fewer things wrong in the mouth, but no fruit. Long aftertaste. Still too old and faded, though best of the 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1975 LBVs.  Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-1-28)
1968 Colheita 0.2
Andresen Excellent and complex.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1968 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Same colour as the 1967. Same subdued nose. Elegant again but not quite equal to the 1967.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1968 Colheita 0.2 PossiblyP
Niepoort Bottled 1983. Slightly spirity and disjointed.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
1969 Colheita 0.2
Dow Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1969 Ruby 0.2 CertainlyC++
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Inauguration of the the Prince of Wales bottling. Deep red. Blackberries on the nose. Very elegant in the mouth with well integrated alcohol. Excellent. Probably better than the Varegllas SQVPs from the 1960s!  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
1969 LBV 0.2 No!N
Taylor Similar colour to the 1967. Something wrong on the nose and in the mouth. Described as “not poisonous” which about summed it up.  Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-1-28)
1970 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Borges and Irmão Drunk: TPF “Bring a wine to share” Offline. 
1970 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC--
CertainlyC
Cockburn Deepish red in the middle, fading to a translusent orange which borders on invisible. A little bit of heat on the nose. Very subtle otherwise. In the mouth, some dry berries, others said cranberries but I am not sure this was an exact match. Overall dryness makes this hard work.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-01-10)
Red middle, fading to a light pink around the edge. Subtle light cherries on the nose. In the mouth nice Porty flavours. Slightly acidic when it first hits the tongue and perhaps slight coffee afterwards. Short aftertaste. Very good if not excellent.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-01-10)
1970 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC++

Croft Excellent.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
(Date: 2010-07-15)
1970 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Croft Reddish but fading. Some sweet fruits on the nose. Good candy sweetness in the mouth. Rounded cherry-drop sweetness. Lovely, long aftertaste.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
1970 VP 0.20.2

Dalva Excellent.  Drunk: TPF LBV Tasting. 
(Date: 2009-12-17)
1970 VP 0.2
Delaforce Brown and cloudy. Madeirised. Dead bottle, unfortunately.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1970 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC

Dow Good.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
(Date: 2010-07-15)
1970 VP 0.2
Ferreira Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
1970 VP 0.20.20.2
CertainlyC--
CertainlyC--
Fonseca Very dark and robust. Attractive but in need of much more time in the decanter to flower. Guessed as Warre 1985 or Warre 1991.  Drunk: Ides of March 2011, El Vino’s. 
Quite dark. Hot, stewed fruits. Some fairly robust fruits with a few cherries. Medium aftertaste.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
Better clarity than the other Fonseca 1970. Hot stewed fruits in the mouth. A bit hotter, perhaps, than I would like, especially compared to the other Fonseca 1970. Fairly robust, round, flavours are present but are hard work. Fine.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
1970 VP 0.2
González Byass Drunk: 1970 Tasting (Date: 2010-07-15)
1970 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Gould Campbell Quite dark. Rounded and elegant. Excellent.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
Lightish colour. Cherries with rounded turkish delight in the mouth. Very good.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1970 VP 0.20.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC++
CertainlyC++
Graham Same colour as the 1966. Dramatic nose with lots of fruit, although some felt too stewed compared to the elegance of the 1966. Excellent in the mouth, still lots of fruit, as one would expect.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Dark but translucent. My first thoughts were, apparently: “Is this disappointingly hot on the nose? Is this heresy?”. In the mouth intensely sweet, followed by cherries and plums. Hugely long after-taste. Simply fabulous.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
Notably darker than the Gould Campbell. Very good complexity with lots of tannins. Rounded fruits. Much more life than the Gould Campbell. Excellent.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1970 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Hedges and Butler Light-red, fading to pink. Quite hot on the nose. Some little fruit. Acidic and grippy but no tannins. No primary fruit but quite smooth creamy aftertaste with some sugar. Quite nice.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
1970 SQVP 0.2
Kopke Quinta São Luiz Excellent; a revelation  Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
1970 VP 0.2
Martinez Drunk: 1970 Tasting (Date: 2010-07-15)
1970 VP 0.2
Morgan Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
1970 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Niepoort Noticeable more mature than most of the other Ports of the evening, this had a pleasant fruity taste, but was let down by a certain dustiness. This was from a regular bottle; the “dumpy” ones may be better.  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
1970 Colheita 0.2 CertainlyC++
Quinta do Crasto Family bottling. Extremely nice; quite sweet with lots of toffee on the nose and mouth.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1970 VP 0.20.2
CertainlyC
Quinta do Noval Drunk: 1970 Tasting (Date: 2010-07-15)Drunk: TPF 30+ Initial Offline. 
1970 VP 0.2 No!N
Ramos Pinto Slightly cloudy pink. A bit musty and muddy on the nose. A hit of sherbet-like sugar, with a small amount of fruit which fades quickly. Not great, unfortunately.  Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
1970 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Royal Oporto Quinta das Carvalhãs Fully mature in colour: a light pink color. Muted nose. In the mouth, orange, caramel and light sugar. Very drinkable now. (Unexpectedly) excellent.  Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
1970 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP++

Sandeman Same colour as the 1967. Mint everywhere, too but more stewed fruit. SOme spearmint in the mouth, with good fruit. Attractive but, perhaps, not as attractive as the 1967.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)

1970 VP 0.20.2
CertainlyC--
Taylor (Date: 2010-07-15)
Deeper red than the Ware 1970. Red currants. Robust fruit.  Drunk: TCP (Date: 2011-12-20)
1970 Crusted 0.2 PossiblyP++
Taylor Orangy-pink colour. Nice, slightly fruity nose. Some burnt sugar. In the mouth, slightly astringent with, perhaps, some oranges.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
1970 VP 0.20.20.20.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC++


CertainlyC++
Warre Warre 300th Anniversary bottle. Excellent.  Drunk: TPF TCP Tasting 15i2009. 
Excellent.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
Leaking bottle. Quite pungent on the nose with an initially muted taste. Lovely long aftertaste. One of the better bottles.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
(Date: 2010-07-15)
Very nice. Cherries. Soft red fruit. No tannins left.  Drunk: TCP (Date: 2011-12-20)
1972 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Dow Surprisingly, as good as the ’70 Dow.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
1972 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP

Fonseca Guimaraens Disappointing.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
Very light. Similar colour to the 1957. Some light fruit on the nose, still though. Surprisingly drinkable but probably a bit tired. Apparently no industrial alcohol was used in the making of this Port!  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1972 SQVP 0.2
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Not generally liked.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1974 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP
Delaforce Quinta da Corte Similar colour to the 1960. Loads of eucalyptus on the nose. In the mouth, some simple sugar. Then more eucalyptus with a little orange. Very good Port in an unusual year.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1975 VP 0.2
Croft Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
1975 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Delaforce A measure redder than the 1974, otherwise a similar colour. Good eucalyptus again on the nose. In the mouth, red fruit and red currants. Hit of sugar in the mid-palate. Good porty aftertaste.   Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1975 VP 0.2
Fonseca Drunk: “Life on the Douro” Screening (Date: 2012-04-02)
1975 VP 1 PossiblyP
Graham Good, deep colour. Nice fruit on the nose. In the mouth, a certain amount of sweetness and still much fruit left. Very attractive: although not up to the quality of the 1970 Graham, this was by no means a weak Port and did not suffer the problems expected of a ’75.  Drunk: Lake District (Date: 2010-12-28)
1975 Colheita 0.2 CertainlyC
Quevedo Garrafeira Particular Bottled a day before the tasting! Initially huge amounts of fruit and sugar; somewhat like Ribena. Then quite a lot of backbone. Excellent.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
1975 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
1975 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Sandeman A measure more translucent than the 1970. Very muted on the nose. In the mouth, very muted with some elegant sugar. Subtle but good for a 1975, similar to the Graham’s. Quaffable.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1975 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP
No!N
Warre
Very light. Not great.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1976 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Unbelievably dark. Like the 1985. Was this a fake? Huge fruit in the nose and some notable tannins suggest that even if this was adulterated then they still produced an excellent wine (perhaps they should do it to all Ports?). Like one much younger but with some of the elegance of those older. Very good.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1976 SQVP 0.20.2
No!N
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos A bit redder than the 1970. Horrible problems on the nose. Possibly quite reasonable on the nose had it survived.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Dead; probably this is a weak Port.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
1977 VP 1
Croft A little darkness to the colour. The nose was slightly off. In the mouth it was quite soft but with a little too much fire. Perfectly drinkable but obviously a poor bottle of what I think is usually a great Port.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
1977 VP 0.2
Delaforce Quite a bit darker than the older Delaforces. Horrible bottle stink on the nose. In the mouth some simple sugar then problems. Another dead bottle, unfortunately.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1977 VP 0.20.20.20.20.20.2 CertainlyC




PossiblyP++
Dow
Completely oxidised; although this was once a Vintage Port, I think it would have easily passed muster as a Colheita. A very nice tawny colour, with a bit of fire. Perfectly drinkable for what it was.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
Weak bottle.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
Dark and complex with good fruit. Unfortunately slightly corked.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
Corked, again.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
Slightly too dry. Not as good as other 1977s.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1977 VP 0.2
Fonseca A measure darker than the 1978 or 1972. Elegant and rounded with soft, pliable fruit; very attractive.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1977 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP
PossiblyP
Graham Weak bottle.  Drunk: TPF 30+ Initial Offline. 
Very sweet. Slightly awkward. Not as good as the Dow 1977 when compared.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
1977 SQVP 0.2
Kopke Quinta São Luiz Dead, unfortunately. Perhaps a touch of the St. Luiz ’70?  Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
1977 VP 0.20.2
PossiblyP
Morgan Fine to drink; unexciting but not complaints. Successful blind guess!  Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
Slightly astringent and disappointing.  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
1977 Garrafeira 0.2 CertainlyC++
Niepoort A deep orange in the middle which fades to paleness at the edge. The most extraordinary aroma, which lasts for a great length of time: a combination of hazelnuts, and some fruit. In the mouth, it is similar, there is a combination of a nuttiness that would come from the tawny-style (with, again, hazelnuts predominating) and some cherries and other fruits remaining. The sugar is good: not too cloying. Very drinkable with an endless after-taste that demands concentration. Fabulous.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
1977 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Sandeman Purple to red in the middle. Stewed fruit on the nose with a lot of heat. Very nice and minty in the mouth but followed but an astringent grip which was unattractive.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1977 VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Smith Woodhouse From a magnum. Very closed, fruity tannins. Very very good port.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1977 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Taylor Deeper purple than many. Very floral on nose. Similar good Porty nose to the Croft 1966. Good sugar. Medium-long aftertaste.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
Slightly softer than the 1963s. Very greeny aftertaste. Slightly too robust but perhaps more approachable than expected.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1977 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Warre Pleasant. Quite acidic. This bottle didn’t bode well for the future but that could be a bottle problem. Disappointing.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1978 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Same as the 1982 in colour. Very elegant and well balanced. Simply wonderful mature Port for drinking now.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1978 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Slightly darker than the 1976 and probably slightly corked due a slight mustiness on the nose. In the mouth it was very expressive and a great pleasure to drink; it would be nice to see what a perfect bottle of this wine would be like.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1978 SQVP 0.20.2
PossiblyP
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas A measure darker than its older brethren at the tasting and likewise tasted a bit younger, with some more fruit and heat than was present in the others. It also seemed a bit simpler on the palate. On revisiting the next night, nose is more muted than on the other Vargellas only a little spirit. Perhaps the bottle was corked. The toffee of some of the Vargellas is also there, though only slightly, as is a slight grassyness. On the palate, it is initially quite muted, fading into a little pepper, with an extra sweetness (say of strawberry syrup) which is lacking in the 1967 The fire is still present, although not too intrusive with the port feeling fairly round and with a shortish aftertaste.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
Red but fading in colour. A bit spirity on the nose. Cinnamon predominates. In the mouth, sweet with good fruit remaining and a slightly bitter aftertaste which I think is very characteristic of a Vargellas.  Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
1979 Colheita 1 CertainlyC
Delaforce Drunk: Uncorked tasting. 
1979 10 Y/O Tawny 10.2
PossiblyP
Fonseca On decanting, a small amount of very fine sediment was produced. Immediately gripping with its complexity but too spirity to enjoy. The spirit had properly integrated after 24 hours. Extremely impressing. The distinctive nose and “back-of-the-mouth” sensation of a tawny was still there but counteracted by a lovely mellow sensation.  Drunk: Dinner party 15iv2009. 
(Date: 2010-11-08)
1979 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Same colour as the 1978 but with more raisens and a touch of pine or varnish on the nose. In the mouth, a touch astringent and therefore a tiny bit disappointing.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1979 LBV 0.2 No!N
Taylor Much darker than the LBVs from the 60s, though fading in colour. Still little fruit, and a bitter astringency which was unattractive.  Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-1-28)
1980 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Delaforce Quinta da Corte Similar colour to the 1980. Reddish centre fading slightly on edge. Some mint on nose. Then huge amounts of tobacco. Perhaps some smokey chicory, too. In the mouth, some sugar initially, then cherries on the mid-palate. Aftertaste is smokey and long. Very nice.   Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1980 VP 10.20.2 CertainlyC++
CertainlyC++
CertainlyC
Dow Extremely dark colour. Vivid flavours. Excellent. Will keep.  Drunk: TCP wine-list. 
As excellent as ever.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
Although darker than the Graham 1994 and Warre 1997, this wasn’t the monster that I usually think it to be: lovely mellow fruit on the nose. In the mouth, quite tannic, with an appealing dry complexity.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
1980 VP 1 PossiblyP++
Fonseca First experiment with a Coravin. Leaking bottle. Pinkish / orange centre fading to colourless edge. Nose and mouth: some gentle fruits and sweetness. A little bitterness. Fading somewhat.  (Date: 2015-07-30)
1980 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Graham Clear red, Very muted, Good sweetness in mouth, though extremely watery. A bit like drinking Evian, but still nice. Some discussion as to whether flawed.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
1980 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Offley Bottle stink on the nose. Nice in mouth once one gets beyond that: soft gentle fruit. Reasonable complexity. A fine Port but regrettably a flawed bottle.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-01-10)
1980 VP 0.2
Quarles Harris Much darker than the 1983. Excellent  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
1980 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Sandeman Similar colour to the 1977. Some heat and unattractive stewed fruit on the nose. Sugar and very little mint in the middle of the palate. Unattractive astringent aftertaste. Not great.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1980 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Taylor Deepish purple in middle. Fading to pink at edge. Very subtle on the nose. Not giving much away. Very sweet in the mouth with a hit of sugar. Some red currants and strawberries. The sweetness, however, predominates.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
1980 VP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Warre Quite dark with a bit of heat. A surprisingly small amount of fruit but with a bit of after taste of the 1985. Quite nice.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1982 VP 0.20.20.2 CertainlyC--
CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Churchill Two samples, one with VA other fine. Quite sweet, tannins present. Lots of red fruit. Attractive  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)
Brick red, slightly orange on the rim. In the mouth some chocolate and a little orange, with a surprising amount of sweetness. Other than that this was simply one of those Ports that is fabulous to drink.  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
Deepish red. Subtle slightly spirity nose. In mouth, floral turkish-delight-type flavours. Very good with a long aftertaste that is perhaps a touch less complex than some of the more expensive Ports.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
1982 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Croft Quinta da Roêda Brick red, though slightly muted on the nose. Very enjoyable but noticeable less elegant than the Churchill 1982.  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
1982 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Croft Darkish but cloudy. Toffee on the nose. Slightly muted in the mouth but still lots of caramel and treacle. Very attractive.  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)
Very light. Pink in middle. Huge toffee and burnt sugar on nose. Same in mouth. Some acidity. Short after taste. Excellent otherwise.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
1982 VP 0.20.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Delaforce Quite light; muted on the nose with perhaps a touch of washing-up-liquid (though that, thankfully, didn’t get in the way). In the mouth, a striking treacle flavour balanced against some acidity. Long aftertaste where Cointreau predominated.  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)
Darkest of the 1982. Red currants in the mouth, with a long aftertaste (perhaps turning a touch bitter at the end). A very good Port that was easily the best on the night.  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)
A measure lighter + clearer than the 1980. Again, tobacco on the nose, but mixed with caramel. In the mouth, immediate hit of sugar. Mid-palate, good red fruit. Long, fruit aftertaste. Very, very good.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1982 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Dead.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1982 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Markedly darker than the 1979; there was a huge jump in colour between the placemat from the late 1960s/1970s and the one from the 1980s. Not particularly dramatic on the nose, but with quite a lot of fruit. Very nice and elegant in the mouth, perhaps still showing some soft and gentle tannins.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1982 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Martinez Quinta da Eira Velha Nose a touch off and unpleasant. In the mouth, immediately struck by the sweetness but this was followed by a long an slightly astringent finish which wasn’t so appealing.  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)
1982 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Noval No nose at all. Nice dark colour though. Subtle red fruit. A little too understated.  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)
1982 VP 0.2 No!N
Royal Oporto Racio on the nose. Quite watery in the mouth. Not great.  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)
1982 VP 0.20.20.6 PossiblyP++
PossiblyP

Sandeman A touch lighter than the 1980. Similar to the 1970 in colour. Hot stewed fruit on the nose. In the mouth, some subtle mint, fruit and sugar. Fine.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
Quite nice but not as good as other bottles of the same I’ve tried. Perhaps something was wrong.  Drunk: 1982 tasting (Date: 2010-06-21)

1982 SQVP 0.2
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Not generally liked.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1983 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
British Shippers’ Association Drunk: TPF “Bring a wine to share” Offline. 
1983 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC
PossiblyP
Dow Very nice; slightly less dry than the other Dows.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
Medium dark. Good nose. Notably drier than other Ports at the tasting. No tannins. Not bad but not excellent; slightly bitter aftertaste.  Drunk: TCP (Date: 2011-12-20)
1983 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Similar colour to the Fonseca 1985; just a little darker on the edge. On the nose very slight rancio and quite spirity at the end. In the mouth, lots of fruit. Slight acidity. A little sweeter than the others. No tannins. Clearly the best made wine of the evening; will be better than the Fonseca 1985 when it matures.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-01-10)
1983 VP 0.2
Quarles Harris Fairly dark (though not as dark and tannic as the 1980). Soft and very drinkable with a slight bitter aftertaste.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
1983 VP 1
Warre Huge amount of thick sediment. Somewhat disappointing. Like the ’85 but lesser. Fairly watery on the palate (which I don’t necessary mind) with a slight taste of chocolate and cherry. Perfectly acceptable to drink but it did not grip. Hopefully a bad bottle.  Drunk: Dinner party 15iv2009. 
1983 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Warre Quite a lot of acidity. Not great.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1984 Crusted 0.2
Churchill Fairly light in colour, it was a Port at full maturity. Most of us thought it was from 1963 or 1970. Quite subtlety flavoured, it was in perfect drinking condition. A lovely wine.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
1984 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Delaforce Quinta da Corte Perhaps touch of the 1982. Very, very muted nose. Distant florality. In the mouth, a little sugar, but quite hard work to get anything else.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1984 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Reddish. Cherries on the nose. Short and elegant in the mouth. Attractive but not fabulous.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1984 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Similar colour to the 1982, though perhaps a touch lighter. Very floral on the nose, certainly more elegant than the 1982. On tasting, it was immediately very attractive. Well balanced and elegant, although perhaps there was an ever-so-slight amount of astringency at the end of the aftertaste.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1984 Colheita 0.2
Kopke Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
1985 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Croft Red with a touch of pink on the rim. Seems to be maturing quickly. Nice fruit. Good drinking at the moment.  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
1985 Colheita 0.2
Cálem Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
1985 VP 30.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC--
Delaforce Now at maturity; a tawny colour and possessing a certain elegance.  Drunk: TCP wine-list. 
Good red middle, fading to pink. Completely clear. Good eucalyptus/spearmint and tobacco on the nose. Perhaps some cut grass. Good fruit in the mouth, though still with that initial hit of sugar. Longish aftertaste. Some rounded tannins on the top of the mouth. Some mint, too. Will be very good in a few more years.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1985 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Dow Very nice.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
1985 VP 0.20.20.2
CertainlyC++
CertainlyC
Fonseca More fruit on the nose. Complex, dense and fruity flavours. Excellent; the best of the Fonseca.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
So much better than the Taylor 1985. Luscious fruits.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
Much deeper in colour than the other Ports at the tasting though slightly hazy. Very concentrated on the nose. In the mouth initially very dry followed by good concentrated red fruit. Long aftertaste with furry tannins. Perhaps disappointing compared to other Fonseca 1985s; much drier than expected an without the luscious fruits one might wish for.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-01-10)
1985 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
González Byass Lovely wine. Elements of chocolate. Worth seeking out.  Drunk: TPF TCP Tasting 15i2009. 
1985 VP 0.20.20.20.2 CertainlyC--

PossiblyP++
PossiblyP
Gould Campbell Rosy, fading to pink. Some fruit on the nose. Quite elegant. Slightly pencil / granite-like in the mouth. Quite dry, too. Some cherries and other fruits. Nice, though.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
(Date: 2011-09-08)
Bit lighter than the Dow 1983. Sweet, round black currants. Long aftertaste. Very nice.  Drunk: TCP (Date: 2011-12-20)
Bit darker than the last Gould Campbell 1985. Good porty nose. Some heat. Slightly fruit. Nicely rounded. A bit dry. Pretty good.  Drunk: TCP (Date: 2011-09-08)
1985 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham A measure darker than the 1984. Extremely pleasant initial taste, with the sweetness that so characterises Grahams. Less of a notable jump in quality between this VP and its surrounding SQVPs when compared to the 60s and 70s.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1985 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Martinez Good red colour. Cinder boxes on the nose, rose-water Turkish delight in the mouth, leading to a slightly watery finish.  Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
1985 VP 0.2 No!N
Messias Very mature for its age. Fairly unexciting.  Drunk: Glass at Gordon’s Wine Bar. 
1985 VP 0.2
Morgan Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1985 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Sandeman Same colour as the 1985. Very muted on the nose. Weird minty liquor in the mouth. Perhaps damaged?  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1985 VP 0.20.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
PossiblyP++
Taylor Deep purple. Slight cherry colour on edge. Red currants on the nose. Cherries, too. In the mouth, good fruit which falls away quite quickly to a little astringency but is followed by a short but elegant after-taste. Much better than its reputation has it to be: a very nice Port.  Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
Red cherries on the nose, with some of the other primary fruit remaining. Perhaps a touch spirity, though, In the mouth, still good fruit with a slight astringency and a pleasing short aftertaste.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
Too austere.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1985 VP 10.2 PossiblyP
CertainlyC
Warre Good stuff to end a dinner with!  Drunk: From the Benchers’ table at the Middle Temple Reader’s Feast. 
Like last Warre 1985. Very nice.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1986 Colheita 1 CertainlyC
Delaforce
1986 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Lighter than many of its age: similar to the 1978. Nice simply fruit and sweetness in the mouth. Attractive but one dimensional.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1986 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Extremely dark; perhaps twice as dark compared to the 1985. Oldest wine to still have a notably tannic backbone. Massive nose but perhaps ever so slightly less fruit than the 1987 which probably just beat it.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1986 Colheita 0.2 PossiblyP
Warre Bottled 2007. Quity dry. Unexciting. Guessed as young colheita.  Drunk: Not VP Tasting II. 
1987 Crusted 1 PossiblyP
Churchill Cork was pretty firmly stuck. Not a great deal of sediment: thick and dark. Pinkish in the middle. 1 hour: nose: odd and uite chemically. Mouth: low key; perhaps a bit of cherry and some marzipan. Warming heat; a light syrup sugar. EBay purchase. Dubious origin. 
1987 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Darker than surrounding wines, except the 1985. Stewed fruits on the nose. More complexity than the 1986 but perhaps less attractive due to lack of balance. Some tannins remains. Quite a dry aftertaste. Excellent but lacking the aftertaste and elegance of the classic Fonsecas.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1987 SQVP 0.20.2 CertainlyC++
CertainlyC++
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Extremely dark and tannic. Probably a bit too dark and tannic to be drunk now. Excellent.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
Extremely dark. Huge nose, full of fruit. Spectacularly sweet initially followed by a long, slightly dry, aftertaste perhaps fading into a touch of bitterness. Excellent. Best young Port of the evening (better than the 1985 Graham’s).  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1987 SQVP 0.2
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Far more less mature than the others. Not particularly pleasant on the night; perhaps needs more time.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1988 Colheita 1
Delaforce Drunk: Mittwoch aus Licht (Date: 2012-08-23)
1988 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens A step darker than the 1987. More powerful aromas on the nose. Deep red flavours in the mouth. But perhaps a bit more approachable and less tannic than the 1987 suggesting it may mature earlier.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1988 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Quite dark. Perhaps a touch less spirited on the nose compared to the monumental ones from 1985-7. Touch of green stalks perhaps. Sweetness initially followed by a dryish after taste. Very nice and attractive.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1988 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP
Smith Woodhouse Quinta da Madalena Good colour; deep purple to invisible rim. Slightly spirity; VA perhaps? Some cabbages on the nose. In the mouth, some fruit and a little spirit. Slight hollowness reminded me of the Caves Santa Marta pink... A flawed bottle, I think.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-02-15)
1989 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta de Val da Figueira Vinologia. Very mature for its age. Some chocolate on the nose. Attractive in the mouth but it may not last long.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
1989 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Vesuvio Lightest of the Vesuvios with a bit of caramel / brown colouring on the edge. Quite watery initially on the mouth, followed by a bit of roundness and fruit. Very end of the aftertaste had a bit of tumeric or other spice. Tasted like it was aging fairly quickly. Perfectly drinkable, unspectacular Port.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
1990 SQVP 0.2
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Dead. Tobacco on the nose, undrinkable in the mouth.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1990 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Vesuvio Same colour as the 89, except slightly rosy around the edge. Touch rounder and sweeter than the 89 on the nose. An intense icing-sugar sweetness even more pronounced on the palate. Underpinned by the same wateriness as the ’89 and a bit more fruit.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
1990 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP
Warre Quinta da Cavadinha Plummy colour. Lightening towards the edge. Quite subdued on the nose. In the mouth some fruit remains; very drinkable now but will fade away soon.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
1991 VP 0.2
Barros Surprisingly light for its age. Nicely floral in the mouth. May become a simple sugar syrup in near future.  Drunk: Mango Tree (Date: 2012-09-16)
1991 VP 0.8 PossiblyP
Churchill Deep colour. Perhaps a touch of lightness on the rim. Quite a lot of heat. Only a little fruit. Quite austere in mouth; very tannic. A bit like a Dow. Perhaps closed? (My first note read: “Not nearly as mature as the 1992 LBV. No other recollections.”). Opaque purple centre, fading to red translucent rim. Subtle fruit on the nose. In the mouth, some peppery round fruits and slight wateriness followed by a cherry liquor sensation. Some tannins present but subtle. Very attractive now. Another five years will probably bring this to quaffable levels, and another 15 or so to full maturity.  Drunk: TCP House VP. 
1991 VP 0.2
Dow Dead, unfortunately.  Drunk: Dow Tasting (Date: 2010-09-07)
1991 VP 0.50.50.2
PossiblyP

Fonseca Guimaraens
Deeply coloured, still, in the middle. Reddening on the edge. Some rounded fruit on the nose. Initially quite nice fruit. Then rather astringent finish. Fine but not great.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
Similar to the 1988 in colour. Some grappyness on the nose. Nice but not fantastic in the mouth. Closed and simple.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1991 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Graham Reddy-purple middle. Fades to the edge. Odd nose. Ramen noodles perhaps? Moderate red cherries. Some tannins. Short aftertaste. Something odd afterwards. Flawed?  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-02-15)
1991 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC

Morgan Excellent.  Drunk: TPF LBV Tasting. 
(Date: 2012-04-02)
1991 Colheita 0.2
Niepoort Niepoort Lodge. Very nice. Lots of character  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
1991 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta de Roriz Lightening on the edge. Some fruit. A bit austere. Closed down; needs more years.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
1991 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta de la Rosa Still very dark with only a little lightening. Not great on the nose: licorice and pepper. Very nice and attractive in the mouth. Milk chocolate predominates. One of the bettbiner 19200791s I have tried for drinking now.   Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
1991 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Noval Good red colour. Slightly corked on the nose but not unbearably. Some elegant fruit. Sweetness predominates. Would be nice if not corked.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
1991 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vesuvio A step darker than the 89 and 90. Lots more fruit on the nose, too, though in the mouth that same immediate wateriness was present. Quite muted but elegant. Tasted rather closed. Very drinkable.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
1991 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Smith Woodhouse Red but lightening. Plummy on the nose. Slightly fruity in the mouth. Nice but not great.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
1991 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Warre Dead bottle.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
1992 LBV 2.5 CertainlyC
Churchill Unfiltered LBV in half bottles. Fully mature. Very nice. Only £3.50 a bottle! 
1992 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Delaforce Really deep purple. Opaque. Slightly subdue nose. Some tobacco at the end of the palate. In the mouth, initial hit of sugar. Then deeply tannic and hard work. Very, very good but needs 20+ years.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1992 VP 0.2
Fonseca Same colour as the 1991. Very closed with some complexity breaking through, with some hard work on the nose.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1992 SQVP 0.20.20.20.2
PossiblyP
CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Dead.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Not quite entirely there on the nose. Nice but not great in the mouth.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Good deep colour. Nicely tannic with robust red fruit.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
Deep opaque centre. Fades to red edge. Good Porty smell. Good mild tannins. Nicely rounded. Not quite as much fruit as required to be excellent but perhaps it requires another 10 years to open? Tasting blind, preferred to the Graham’s 1991.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-02-15)
1992 Colheita 0.2
Poças Júnior Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
1992 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta do Vesuvio Same colour as the ’91. Slightly stewed sensation on the nose and in the mouth. Incredibly bitter aftertaste. Not great; a disappointment.   Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
1992 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Warre Pretty good. Marzipan.  Drunk: TPF LBV Tasting. 
1994 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Cockburn Deep red. Initially flavours of a good young Vintage Port.  Drunk: Steak Exchange (Date: 2011-11-08)
1994 VP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Delaforce Same colour as the 1992. Very muted nose. In the mouth, loads of mint. Very deep, slightly gritty tannins. Very hard work. Quite acidic. Longish aftertaste. Needs 20+ years.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1994 VP 0.2
Dow Undrinkably tannic and youthful.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1994 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC++

Graham Chocolate and digestive biscuits on the nose; with a scent of deep molasses that was extremely attractive. In the mouth, perhaps a touch lighter: light cherries, apples and pears were most notable, along with a dense and tannic mouth-feel. Obviously excellent. I really enjoyed this.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
(Date: 2011-12-01)
1994 Colheita 0.210.2 CertainlyC

CertainlyC
Niepoort Perhaps not as good as the 1998.  Drunk: Uncorked tasting. 

As before.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
1994 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC++

Quinta do Vesuvio A step darker than the older wines (particularly the ’91 and ’92). Massive and spectacular on the nose; full of fruit. Tastes even more massive than the nose and colour would indicate. Oldest Vesuvio still to have a noticeable tannic backbone. Extremely well rounded and balanced; absolutely stunning Port.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
(Date: 2011-12-01)
1994 VP 0.21 PossiblyP++
PossiblyP++
Sandeman Some mint on the nose. Otherwise very similar to 1997. Not a great amount of fruit. Very elegant but well balanced. No tannins; very soft and rounded. Nice drinking now.  Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
Very tasty but quite mature for age.  Drunk: Boot and Flogger  (Date: 2017-01-28)
1994 VP 1 PossiblyP--
Tesco (Symington) Not great.  Drunk: TPF LBV Tasting. 
1994 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP

Warre Quite sweet. Fairly closed down.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
(Date: 2011-12-01)
1995 VP 0.2
Cockburn Slightly disappointing. Not as great as could be expected.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1995 SQVP 1 PossiblyP
Croft Quinta da Roêda
1995 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Same colour as the 1995. Some heat on the nose, followed by good complexity. Straight-forward in the mouth but attractive, possibly with the potential to be very good in the future.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1995 SQVP 0.20.2
PossiblyP
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos A damaged half bottle, unfortunately, with an oddly stewed sensation on the nose and in the mouth. Not damaged beyond drinkability but certainly not great.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Thankfully undamaged half bottle. Fine.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1995 Colheita 0.2 CertainlyC
Niepoort I really enjoyed this: a surprisingly old tawny nose of nuts, with good balance of rounded fruit and tawny-ness (I am never quite sure how to describe the general characteristics of a tawny) in the mouth.   Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
1995 Colheita 0.5 PossiblyP
Poças Júnior Bottled in 2015. Bright clear amber. Good simple sweetness, tasting rather old for its age. Perhaps missing some complexity.  (Date: 2016-11-27)
1995 LBV 0.2
Quinta do Noval Da Silva A rarely-produced second label for Noval which is shipped entirely to the UK.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1995 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP--
PossiblyP--
Quinta do Vesuvio Perhaps a touch darker than the ’94. More muted on the nose with, unfortunately, a touch of the ’92. Much less well balanced and integrated: immediate hit of sugar followed by complete disintegration and a bitter aftertaste. Hopefully some age will allow the pieces to fall in the right place.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
Deep purple. Bit of heat on the nose, slightly astringent in the mouth, with lots of good fruit hidden underneath. Needs time to open up.  Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
1995 LBV 2
Smith Woodhouse
1995 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC--
Warre Deep purple. Dark and fresh cherries on the nose. In the mouth, some more, dense fruit. Slightly mellowed with age, with a few tannins remaining. Reminds me of some of the Warre Vintage Port from the 1980s. Sugar is quite subdued and acidity is not pronounced. Very nice, supple, wine which in five years or so will probably be like a completely mature Vintage Port but extremely drinkable now.  Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-01-28)
1996 Colheita 0.2 PossiblyP++
Burmester Bottled in 2007. Quite dark throughout, with a raspberry-coloured tint on the edge. Sugar immediately stuck out; with that thick sweetness. Youthfulness is certainly obvious, in the middle of the mouth (lychee?). The after-taste has quite a bit of smoke to it and enough tannins remain to give it some body.  Drunk: Provided by Chris Jay. 
1996 SQVP 1.2 CertainlyC++
Dow Quinta do Bomfim
1996 SQVP 1 PossiblyP++
Fonseca Quinta do Panascal
1996 VP 0.20.211

CertainlyC
PossiblyP++
Fonseca Guimaraens More forceful on the nose than the 1995. Some rancio on the nose. Nice, with lots of sweetness in the mouth. Notably less tannic than the 1995 with less complexity, too.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
More forceful on the nose than the 1995. Some rancio on the nose. Nice, with lots of sweetness in the mouth. Notably less tannic than the 1995 with less complexity, too.  Drunk: Green’s Oyster Bar (Date: 2014-12-02)
Good purple in the middle, fading round the edge. Nice “porty” smell with some distant red fruits. In the mouth, some sugar and a little red currants followed by moderate tannins and acidity. Aftertaste is pleasantly long and full of caramel. Very nice drinking at the moment.  (Date: 2016-03-03)
Cork completely disintegrated on removal. Very drinkable!  (Date: 2017-03-04)
1996 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Very nice  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1996 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Niepoort From a half bottle. Red middle, with a touch of orange on the edge. Good, cherry, flavour. Good value for its price.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-01-10)
1996 VP 0.2 No!N
Quady Starboard American Port. Alarmingly cloudy. Sprity on the nose. Feels slightly past its best which is disappointing. It was not clear how the 1996 vintage compared to those in the Douro.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
1996 Colheita 0.20.2

Quevedo Drunk: “Life on the Douro” Screening (Date: 2012-04-02)Drunk: Quevedo Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
1996 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Infantado Vinologia. Beginning to mature. Slightly strange on the nose: perhaps barbecue sauce? Not terribly sweet but otherwise attractive.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
1996 VP 0.20.2 CertainlyC++

Quinta do Vesuvio Excellent. Pretty much the same colour as the ’94. Noticably chewy tannins in the mouth, though not quite as much fruit as the ’94. Slight coffee in the aftertaste. Lovely Port; certainly the best non-major-year Vesuvio from the 1990s.  Drunk: TPF LBV Tasting. 

1996 SQVP 2 CertainlyC
Taylor Quinta de Terra Feita
1996 SQVP 1.50.2 CertainlyC

Taylor Quinta de Vargellas
Generally regarded as “closed”. With time will probably be great.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
1997 SQVP 10.2 PossiblyP

Croft Quinta da Roêda Huge fruit on the nose which was let down badly on the palate where odd taste distinctly lacking in fruit prevailed. Perhaps under-decanted?  Drunk: Uncorked tasting. 
(Date: 2011-12-01)
1997 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Delaforce Quinta da Corte Same colour as the 1994. Slightly musty smell. Slightly hot. Alcohol obviously present. Very little fruit. Some gritty tannins but less griping than the 1994. A bit disappointing.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
1997 Ruby 0.2
Ferreira HMY Britannia Decommissioning Very dark in colour but translucent. A touch spicy but quite a lot of spirt. Entirely drinkable.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
1997 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Fonseca By the glass at the East India Club so not certain about identity! Honeycomb. 
1997 VP 0.2
Fonseca Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1997 VP 0.20.20.2 PossiblyP

PossiblyP--
Gould Campbell Good, deep centre. Lightening around the rim. Quite spirity on the nose. A little plum and cherry, too. Very spirity in the mouth. Some nice fruits, but dominated by the spirit. Shortish aftertaste with some gritty tannins. Nice but not spectacular.  Drunk: Winelist, Bunghole (Date: 2011-12-23)
(Date: 2011-12-01)
Same colour as the Malvedos. Considerably weaker on the nose, though. Some distant Muscovado sugar. Perhaps even treacle? But little fruit. In the mouth, no real fruit; this was slightly anemic. Some tannins left but they were gritty. Shortish aftertaste. Not great. Tim Stanley-Clarke described minerality. I agree but I am not sure this was good in this wine.  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
1997 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Graham Extremely closed and muted on the nose. Some red berries but that was about it. In the mouth, it tasted of nothing, apart from a hit of sugar; some rounded tannins and perhaps a touch of chocolate at the very end of the after-taste.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
1997 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP--
Krohn Deep colour but showing signs of maturity. Heavy rancio on the nose; rather unattractive. In the mouth some sugar immediately but also rancio, again. Fades to blackcurrant cough-sweet. A bit disjointed. Unclear whether it will improve with time but not great at the moment.  Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-01-28)
1997 Colheita 0.2
Quinta de la Rosa Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1997 Colheita 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Crasto Bottled 2016.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
1997 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Infantado Pinkish / purple in colour. Some soft fruits on the nose. More fruit and spices in the mouth. Round tannins. Fantastic.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
1997 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Passadouro Deep purple. Quite muted on the nose. Slightly bitter. Very drinkable but without a great complexity. One for quaffing!  Drunk: Blind tasting, TCP (Date: 2010-11-08)
1997 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Vesuvio Same colour as the ’96. Very muted on the nose and in the mouth, too. Quite elegant to drink now but very subdued. Probably needs more time to open up.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
1997 VP 20.2 No!N

Rozès
Opened for a week which apparently makes this drinkable!  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
1997 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Sandeman Some mint and fudge on nose. In the mouth icing sugar dominates with a little mint. Rounded soft tannins, some blackcurrants but fades very quickly to nothing.   Drunk: Sandeman Tasting (Date: 2011-05-13)
1997 VP 10.2 PossiblyP

Smith Woodhouse As should be expected, the cork came out easily in one piece, and there was only a little sediment. 8+ Hours. Surprisingly large on the nose, but aromatic rather than powerful. Very fruity, with, if it is not too clichéd, lots of plums and a bit of cherry. In the mouth, there is a nice peppery heat (though this does obscure some of the other flavours), followed by more fruit, which eventually produce a little cherry in the finish. The sugar is not particularly obvious and feels very well dissolved. +24 Hours. Not much change, though it has mellowed somewhat. Now an extremely easy drinker. I think, overall, this is an entirely pleasant VP, though not quite interesting or exciting enough to warrant drinking again in the next few years. 
(Date: 2011-12-01)
1997 SQVP 1 PossiblyP
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Drunk: Uncorked tasting. 
1997 VP 0.2
Taylor Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
1998 SQVP 0.21
PossiblyP
Fonseca Quinta do Panascal Very similar to the 1998 Fonseca Guimaraens. Some cherries on the nose. Attractive in the mouth, though perhaps with the merest touch of astringency meeting its sweetness.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)

1998 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens A touch lighter than the 1998 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal, otherwise very similar in all other respects, except being unexpectedly a little more tannic.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
1998 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos A touch darker than the 1996 and with a touch more complexity and interest. Malvedos is probably the first SQVP where I think the 1998 is likely to be better than the 1996.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
1998 Colheita 0.2 CertainlyC
Niepoort Only kept in wood for 9 years! Initial spiciness on the nose softened on the palate. Excellent.  Drunk: Uncorked Niepoort tasting with Dirk Niepoort. 
1998 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vesuvio Slightly darker than the ’97. A bit more “bight” or “grip” to it, too, though at the expense of some of the ’97’s elegance.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
1999 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Cockburn Quinta dos Canais Good colour, though starting to lighten on the rim. On the nose a bit too much rancio for my liking and somewhat too much heat. Not great.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
1999 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Dow Quinta do Bomfim Similar in colour to the Quinta dos Canais 199. Dense cherries on the nose, deeply tannic still in the mouth and, unsurprisingly very dry. Although I do not usually like this style, I thought this was fantastic.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
1999 SQVP 0.20.20.20.2 PossiblyP
PossiblyP++
CertainlyC--

Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Quite dark in colour but disappointingly mute on the nose and in the mouth. Very closed. Give it time and it might mature into something more interesting.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Same colour as the other 1999s. Slightly subdued compared to the Bomfim on the nose. In the mouth this was hard work with some primary fruits and sugar appearing, but it felt rather closed and unaccessible at the moment.   Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
Good purply-red centre. Just about opaque. Reddish edge. Nose a step better than anything else at the tasting. Very expressive with lots of red fruits. In the mouth, extremely sweet: a hit of icing sugar. Then followed by some light fruits. Perhaps moving into strawberries? Some residual tannins. Short aftertaste. Pretty good Port and one which is becoming drinkable again.  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
(Date: 2012-04-02)
1999 VP 1 CertainlyC
Niepoort Secundum Excellent. Drink young.  Drunk: Uncorked tasting. 
1999 LBV 0.5 PossiblyP
Quinta de la Rosa Quinta de la Rosa. Fine, maturing LBV. Let down by a certain amount of rancio on the nose.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
1999 LBV 2.5
Quinta do Crasto An unfiltered LBV in a half-bottles. Colour is still dark but not entirely opaque, lighting to a dark rusty colour at the rim. An hour after decanting: quite pleasant on the nose: a rich aroma with some cherries and a little rosewater. This carries on into the initial taste in the mouth, which is then followed by a bit of peppery heat. The after-taste is short but pleasant. A combination of licorice and almonds. Reading back through my notes of the 2001, the initial wateriness of this seems comparable. Fine but not great. 
1999 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Vesuvio Touch darker than the ’99. Quite a lot of fruit on the nose but more subdued than the major declared years. Bit of fruit in the mouth, too, though not as exciting or complex as the major years.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
1999 VP 1 PossiblyP++
Sandeman Vau Moderate amount of sediment. Transparent red colour. Good red fruits on the nose. Red currants. Other berries. Very little tannins in mouth. Gentle fruits. Extremely drinkable.   (Date: 2015-06-01)
1999 SQVP 1 CertainlyC
Taylor Quinta de Terra Feita Sample glass at the time of decanting was quite unpleasant. Far too much alcohol. All other flavours obscured. Improved a bit after an hour or so. Greatly improved after about a day. Then, on the nose, lots of blackberries. In the mouth, a little disappointing: a bit musty in the back of the throat. Returned to the bottle a couple of days latter. Musty sensation had almost entirely disappeared with the sugar tasting ever so treacly. Extremely light to drink. 
1999 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC--
Warre Deep purple in the middle. Good fruit on the nose and in the mouth. Slightly bitter at the end. Very nice Port, perhaps needing another few years to maturity.  Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-1-28)
1999 Colheita 0.2 PossiblyP++
Warre Bottled 2013. Not very tawny. Perhaps a pinkish colour. Very pleasant fruit and tawny elements. Extremely quaffable.  Drunk: BA Lounge (Date: 2014-09-12)
2000 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Barros In colour, somewhat lighter than I would expect for its age. In the mouth it, entirely unexpectedly, tastes of Pepsi (!), although this is quite appealing, with a few soft tannins surrounding it. Quaffable now and probably for the near-future but I cannot see this having a long future.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2000 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Bredell South African port. Aged in new oak barrels which gave it an odd oak-flavour. Otherwise, good stuff.  Drunk: TPF TCP Tasting 15i2009. 
2000 LBV 1 No!N
Cockburn
2000 Colheita 0.2
Cálem Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2000 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Delaforce Very dark. Opaque purple fading to red. Some spearmint then a bit of an odd aroma. In the mouth, some fruit. Then horrible problems, probably caused by being closed and in a mess at the moment. Not very good for drinking today but will surely improve.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
2000 Crusted 1 No!N
Dow Nose: A little red fruit. Mouth: quite a lot of spirit; an odd, dry sensation, with perhaps a little Summer fruit. Quite a bit of heat in the back of the throat. Fairly low-key and unimpressive. 
2000 VP 0.2
Dow The sample at the tasting was spoilt by bottle-stink, which was a bit disappointing for a 2000.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
2000 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Ferreira Very little fruit on the nose, which was somewhat swamped by spirit. In the mouth, some cherries and other rounded fruit flavours, followed by a lot of heat which I did not like.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2000 VP 0.2
Fonseca Notably darker than the two 1998s. A step up in youthfulness with Cassis and grappyness on the nose. Very rounded and elegant. Very good.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
2000 Colheita 1
Krohn Corked, unfortunately.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
2000 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta da Eira Velha Dark, tannic, not particularly complex but quite acceptable.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
2000 Colheita 1 PossiblyP
Quinta da Trovisca Bottled 2013. Still deep ruby in the middle, fading to an orange edge. Nose: slightly musty, minimal dried fruits but distant red currants like an older vintage. Mouth: very mild. Little fruit (fresh or dried); very little acidity; some tannins. Aftertaste is longish but very gentle. Quaffable but would not rush to repeat.  (Date: 2016-05-30)
2000 Colheita 0.2
Quinta do Noval Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2000 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Roriz Completely opaque. Fades to red on the rim. Floral perfumed nose. Good fruit with rounded tannins and some floral notes. Mid-dry. Longish aftertaste. Quite closed down. Probably very good when it matures.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-02-15)
2000 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Vesuvio Notably a step darker than anything that has come before. Strikingly immature on the nose and challenging to drink, too. Dense and complex but obviously far too young to be enjoyed now.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2000 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto Now red rather than purple. On the nose, there is quite a lot of heat. In the mouth, a great amount of sweetness, and soft strawberries, giving a sensation of eating boiled sweets. The tannins are almost not present. A nice Port, but somewhat less than I might have hoped.   Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2000 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP--
Rozès Very light for its age. Deep rancio on its nose. Some fruit fights its way out, but not great.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2000 VP 0.2
Sandeman Vau Quinta do Seixo. Nose full of blackcurrants. Attractive now but very soft; perhaps not one for the long term.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
2000 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
São Pedro das Aguias Tasting of three vintage ports. The oldest available. Red colour fading quite dramatically at the rim. Overwhelming scent of cherry sweets. Tasted a little backed, perhaps. Slightly less fresh fruit than I might have hoped for a 2000: it’s not quite clear how long it will last.  Drunk: Vinologia (Date: 2017-08-28)
2000 LBV 1 PossiblyP
Taylor
2000 VP 0.2
Taylor Almost nothing on the nose; this is extremely closed down. In the mouth, a very little fruit, some rancio and a bit of peppery heat but the general sensation is of this wine being completely closed. Very poor drinking at the moment, hopefully with some time it will open up properly.  Drunk: “Bring a Bottle” (Date: 2011-05-06)
2000 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Tesco (Symington) Much darker than the others at the tasting but going red around the edge. Good stewed fruits on the nose. In the mouth, some red cherries and lots of tannins. Not quite as complex as might be expected. Guesed as a Niepoort LBV bottled by Fortnums.  Drunk: The Bunghole (Date: 2012-01-10)
2001 LBV 5 PossiblyP
Dow
2001 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Similar colour to the 2001. Some sugar. Very quaffable. Still elegant and drinkable.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
2001 LBV 2 CertainlyC
Graham Needs at least 24+ Hours. Nose: faint but with a little raspberry and perhaps some other Summer fruits. Mouth: pretty smooth, with some blackberries and dark chocolate. It’s quite tannic. Sugar: understated and not particularly interesting. Cheap purchase. Worth getting at that price. 
2001 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Somewhat simpler than many of the other Malvedos, this was an complex and attractive Port, with quite a lot of sweetness. Very nice.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
2001 LBV 1 PossiblyP
Quinta do Crasto
2001 LBV 1 CertainlyC++
Quinta do Infantado Colour: inky black; a little purple on the rim. Very little, thick sediment. Blackcurrent; unusual light feel. Extremely good. Worth extra expense. 
2001 LBV 2.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Noval
2001 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vesuvio A touch lighter than the 2000. Quite muted on the nose and in the palate but elegant to drink now.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2001 SQVP 0.20.2 PossiblyP
PossiblyP
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas I was struck by complexity compared to the Taylor LBV and Ruby. Dense black morello cherries on the nose. Nice complex jammyness in the mouth. Some tannins. Odd after-taste of cabbages, though (?!); perhaps caused by a flaw in the glasses or the bottle.  Drunk: Taylor’s and Cheese, Milbank (Date: 2010-12-20)
(Date: 2015-12-25)
2001 LBV 2 PossiblyP
Tesco (Symington) Nothing particularly distinctive on the nose: mostly redcurrants and blackcurrants. In the mouth, it is initially quite pleasant (but this goes too quickly to contemplate it in detail) before being followed by a huge tannic hit. The after-taste is pretty brief and hot. Acceptable for what it is. Similar to the 1994 VP. 
2001 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Warre Darker than the Graham’s 2006 LBV and a similar, perhaps a touch darker than the 2004 Graham’s Crusted. Very good, subtle smell. Good fruit; red cherries. In the mouth well balanced tannins and subtle fruit. A very long, elegant aftertaste. Really very good LBV; this must be one of the best available.  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
2002 LBV 0.5 CertainlyC
Churchill Dark. Lots of sediment. Fairly muted on the nose. Explosion of black currants in the mouth. Excellent. 
2002 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Magalhães Vinologia. Odd nose: cherries and banana (?!?). In the mouth, immediately very sweet. Slightly astringent but otherwise excellent.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
2002 LBV 3 PossiblyP
Taylor Drunk: ROH bar staple. 
2003 LBV 1 PossiblyP
Andresen
2003 LBV 10.2 PossiblyP

Barão de Vilar Looks filtered though claims otherwise. After quite a bit of decanting time, the Port produced a lot of fruit flavours with a very full and robust backbone. Perhaps worth seeking out an older one or seeing how this develops. It might even some sediment! 
Surprisingly dark and tannic. Some treacle. 
2003 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Churchill Quinta da Grincha Somewhat on the young side but good combination of fruit and tannins.  Drunk: Churchill’s Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
2003 LBV 0.2
Croft Drunk: Corney and Barrow wine-bars. 
2003 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Delaforce Very dark. Good minty aroma. Good flavours but closed down. Will be good.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
2003 Crusted 0.2 No!N
Dow Similar to the 2000. Fairly low-key and unimpressive might describe this, too, unfortunately. 
2003 LBV 1 No!N
Graham Weak. Not as good as the other Graham LBV Vintages. 
2003 VP 0.2
Graham Extremely dark purple. On the nose, the grapyness of a very young Port was immediately apparent. Enormous amounts of fruit but at this stage in its life and by this point in the tasting, I found it impossible to access.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
2003 LBV 20.2
PossiblyP
Quevedo Dark in the middle, with just a touch of red on the rim. On the nose, very attractive: dark, complex aromas; with a certain amount of blackcurrant swirling around. In the mouth, a small amount of blackcurrant and blackberry is immediately present, with a nice amount of sugar. Followed by quite a dry middle- and after- taste, with some black pepper and quite robust tannins giving a chewy texture. Aftertaste: is very long but very subtle 
Through the Coravin. The first drops were surprisingly transparent and red, becoming more cloudy as the sediment picked up. Rather muted on the nose. In the mouth, very tight; slightly astringent; with bold acidity. Perhaps needs more time to open up (either in decanter or bottle)?  (Date: 2016-03-10)
2003 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta da Colmaça Black. Very grapy on the nose. Very austere. Bitter tannins. More Dow than Dow; it will be interesting to see how this develops.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
2003 LBV 2 No!N
Quinta da Pacheca Loads of sediment so obviously unfiltered. Very dark in colour, nose and palate. A strong rancio dominates, though, which is somewhat unattractive to me. 
2003 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vale de Dona Maria Very dark. Very austere on the nose. More fruity in the mouth and somewhat rounded. Good tannins. Nice.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
2003 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Vesuvio Same colour as the 2000 with a very similar nose. Notably more youthful, though. Obviously very immature in the mouth but still quite elegant, despite the tannic edge to it.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2003 LBV 1 PossiblyP--
Taylor On the nose attractive. Light, little red fruit. In the mouth: initially quite pleasant, light, a touch of mint. Back of the mouth has a little tannin followed by a unpleasant, bitter after–taste which grabs the back of the throat. 
2004 Crusted 0.2
Berry Bros. In the style of Dow.  Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
2004 LBV 30.5
PossiblyP
Croft Fine. Little orange.  Drunk: Unfiltered. 
(Date: 2015-04-23)
2004 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens A bit more muted than the 2001. Feels closed and tight. Less sugar and more tannins present. Nice but not as gluggable as the 2001.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
2004 SQVP 0.2
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
2004 LBV 0.2
Graham Drunk: Miniture bottle, East Coast Trains, ix2011 
2004 Crusted 0.20.2 PossiblyP++

Graham A measure more purple than the 2006 Graham’s LBV. Fading to red on edge. Very good nose with good stewed fruit. In the mouth, slightly hard work. Gritty tannins. Some black cherries. Shortish aftertaste. Less sweetness than one might expect. Not very typically “Graham’s”, particularly compared to the LBV.  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
(Date: 2012-04-02)
2004 LBV 0.4 PossiblyP
Niepoort Also Oporto May 2009. Niepoort Lodge. Fine. Will probably mature a bit. First thought a bit expensive at £15. Now revised view!  Drunk: Uncorked Niepoort tasting with Dirk Niepoort. 
2004 LBV 0.5 PossiblyP
Niepoort Fortnum and Mason Blend Unfiltered LBV. Bottled 2008. F and M exclusive blend. Quite reddish in colour, and fairly translucent at the edge. Gave very little away on the nose. Surprisingly mute. In the mouth, again very subtle. Almost didn’t taste of anything. Perhaps some elderflower, over a sugary syrup. Slightly tannic with a peppery aftertaste. Extremely easy to drink. You could easily get through this like a soft-drink. Very unlike what I expected; it seems surprisingly mature for its age. Although this might seem like a criticism, I do not necessarily think this is a bad Port; having one that is lovely and easy to drink is some achievement. It will be interesting to revisit this in a few years when it becomes a bit more mature. And perhaps compare it to a normal 2004 Niepoort LBV. 
2004 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta da Prelada Vinologia. Lots of fruit on the nose. Very peppery in the mouth, with some sweet red currants. Quite tannic.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
2004 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta da Romaneira Spicy fruit on the nose. Again very soft in the mouth but with much more robust tannins. Probably excellent after many years.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2004 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta da Romaneira Very soft and fruit-full. Entirely gluggable.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2004 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta de Roriz Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2004 LBV 3.2
Quinta do Infantado
2004 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Infantado Some soft alcohol on the nose. Big fruits and round tannins in the mouth. Lovely spicy aftertaste.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2004 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Noval Now made exclusively with grapes from the Quinta, this LBV was a touch darker than the other 2004 LBVs tasted and was also younger on the nose, with those complex aromas of a very young Port still being obvious. In the mouth, surprisingly dry and tannic. Almost as austere as a Dow, with very little primary fruit being present.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2004 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Passadouro Some cherries on the nose. Quite closed on the palate but more expressive than the 2007, with a certain amount of spiciness. Very nice.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2004 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Vesuvio Darker than the ’03. Very grappy on the nose, although in the mouth has that immediate wateriness that was only apparent on the older Vesuvios. Strong tannins. Obviously an excellent wine; the best from the 2000s from non-major years.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2004 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto Nice fruit. Very easy to drink. Tasted rather over-filtered.  Drunk: Ramos Pinto and Chocolate tasting, Charbonnel et Walker (Date: 2010-11-10)
2004 LBV 1 PossiblyP
Réccua Made by Caves Vale do Rodo, a Régua-based co-operative and one of the first companies to export Port directly from the Douro in the 1980s. Unfiltered LBV, bottled in 2008. Quite subdued with the grapyness of a young vintage Port predominating. However, the aroma does not grab like a young Vintage Port: the grapes seem to be the primary aromas of this Port. Behind that there is a little rounded fruit, perhaps red currants and a lingering spiciness. In the mouth, very subdued. No immediate hit of sugar, acid or fruit. Some furry tannins form on my tongue, there is a little sensation of grapes in the back of my throat, followed by some sugar which fades quite quickly into sticky nothingness. Very straight-forward, simple Port. Nothing wrong with it. However, not very exciting and shows almost no complexity, perhaps not quite living up the expectation of an LBV. 
2004 LBV 0.20.4 PossiblyP

Taylor Very much more muted than the Taylor Ruby. Perhaps some black cherries but very muted. No fire, though, which is a good thing. Boring.  Drunk: Taylor’s and Cheese, Milbank (Date: 2010-12-20)

2005 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC--
Andresen Deep purple. Grapes on the nose with good fruit. Very much like a Vintage Port; should improve to be something rather nice.  Drunk: LBV Tasting (Date: 2011-1-28)
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP--
Barros Very spirity on the nose, somewhat disjointed in the mouth; unappealing.   Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2005 SQVP 0.5 PossiblyP++
Croft Quinta da Roêda Dark. Dense multi-faceted fruit on the nose. Black currants, perhaps, along with dark cherries. A touch of heat though. In the mouth, a lovely unctuous mouth-feel. Not particularly sweet, nor strong on fruit, but well balanced and elegant. 
2005 LBV 13 PossiblyP
Croft Unfiltered LBV. Bottled 2010. Very solid and, at £6.33 a bottle, excellent value for money. On decanting, deep, complex treacly fruits on the nose. In the mouth, initially quite raw, quite acidic and with a bit too much grip (though not a tannic one) too it. Some round fruits follow. 
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP++
Fonseca Unfiltered. Brick-red in colour, with softer and more gentle fruit aromas than I expected. Very nice and drinkable now, with good primary fruits. One to seek out.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2005 VP 0.2
Fonseca Guimaraens Very similar to the 2004 on the nose and in colour. More drinkable, though. Some hit of sugar and fruit. Nice but not as nice as the 2001.  Drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting (Date: 2011-04-04)
2005 VP 0.2
Niepoort Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP--
Offley Some soft fruit, but not as elegant as the Sandeman 2005.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2005 LBV 1
Osborne Filtered LBV. Bottled 2010. Somewhat attractive on nose. A gently gripping grapyness but fades quickly. Followed by something slightly floral, although this is weak and distant. In the mouth, sugar hits the roof of the mouth like a mouthful of ice-cream. However, it is followed by a certain amount of astringency, with some rough green tannins and short, slightly peppery aftertaste, all of which is quite disappointing. Time in the decanter mellows but does not improve. Not great. On revisiting the second half of the bottle after a week in the fridge: completely different. Much more balanced. Less astringent. Very nice. 
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta das Lamelas Vinologia. Apples and grapes on the nose. Quite light and fruity. Not very well balanced at this stage and as it spent time in the glass a slightly odd chemical taste developed.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta de la Rosa Quinta de la Rosa. Ok but not terribly exciting. Somewhat disappointing after the Ruby Reserve.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta do Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo Very light colour. Soft fruit on the nose and a very, very subtle taste which is let down by a little heat.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Passadouro LBV 79 Restaurant. Dark and fruity with lots of life. An LBV which bodes well for the future.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta do Passadouro Some fruit on the nose but, overall a very soft sensation with a slight amount of rancio. Fine, but slightly unexciting.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2005 VP 1 PossiblyP--
Quinta do Retiro Novo Lots of sediment. Not particularly dark for a 11-year-old VP. Rather disappointing in the mouth. Insufficiently complex.  (Date: 2017-01-30)
2005 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vesuvio Almost the same colour as the ’04, though a touch darker. Quite subdued on the nose compared to the ’04, albeit with quite a lot of heat. Well rounded in the mouth without a particular tannic grip.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto Drunk: Ramos Pinto and Chocolate tasting, Charbonnel et Walker (Date: 2011-11-22)
2005 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Sandeman Some fruit in the mouth, with strong tannins. Preferred to the Offley LBV.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2005 VP 0.2
Smith Woodhouse Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
2005 LBV 1
Taylor
2006 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP++
Cockburn Seems younger than the Graham’s 2006 in colour and on the nose, where there are huge primary fruits. In the mouth, much softer, with an excellent, long after-taste. One of the better LBVs.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2006 SQVP 0.2
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
2006 LBV 0.20.20.221 PossiblyP++
CertainlyC--


PossiblyP
Graham Notably darker than the Taylor’s 2005 LBV. Dark, and tannic in the mouth, it so dense as to require more time in the bottle. This seems a bit of a change from other LBVs I have tried from Graham’s, which I hope is a good thing.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
Opaque purple centre. Pinky rim. Lots of fruit on nose. Quite peppery. Some toffeeish finish to the nose. In the mouth immediate tannic grip. Strong red fruit. Red currants, perhaps? Longish aftertaste. Not of VP quality but very good LBV; perhaps the best filtered LBV?  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
(Date: 2012-04-02)

(Date: 2016-11-13)
2006 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Offley Very similar to the 2005 but much more tannic in the mouth. Felt rather closed; it may open to something very nice in a few years.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2006 VP 0.2
Quinta do Portal Vinologia. Could easily have been one of the 2007s. Extremely dark with a huge amount of fruit on the nose with, perhaps, a touch of chocolate. In the mouth there was even more fruit with, perhaps, red-cbinquintaevent urrants and black cherries being the most obvious ones. This was followed up with huge tannins, and very little sugar or alcohol.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
2006 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vesuvio Darker, again, than the 2005. Very grappy and youthful on the nose. Nicely rounded and fruity in the mouth, followed by a huge tannic grip. Quite hard to drink after the first mouthful.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2006 VP 0.2 No!N
Rozès Terras do Grifo. Rancio everywhere; on the nose and in the mouth. I really dislike this in a Port, so found this unattractive, unfortunately.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2007 LBV 0.20.5
PossiblyP
Churchill Drunk: Churchill’s Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)(Date: 2015-04-22)
2007 VP 0.2
Cockburn Cockburn Lodge. Massive, tannic and dark.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
2007 SQVP 0.2
Cockburn Quinta dos Canais Cockburn Lodge. Very drinkable now. Floral. Very attractive.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
2007 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Delaforce Good deep colour. Very muted on the nose. Grippy tannins. Ok.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
2007 VP 0.2
Dow Much denser and darker on the nose than the Warre. Notably less grapey, too. More “classic” in the mouth for a young vintage Port, with lots of tannins. Tasting non-blind, this is very stereotypically “Dow”: very dry and austere. Disappointingly short aftertaste: this dries up quickly.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
2007 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Duorum Very subdued nose. Some very distant spices and blackcurrants. Quite strong, slightly harsh tannins. Somewhat disappointing.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2007 LBV 1 PossiblyP++
Fim de Século (Date: 25/07/2014)
2007 VP 0.2
Graham More floral than the Warre and Dow 2007s. Perhaps, though a bit simpler and understandable on the nose than the Warre (which had massive complexity of fruit). In the mouth, immediate sugar, followed by a lovely floral violet sensation. Perhaps a touch of strawberry too. Notably tannic (unlike the Warre). My favourite of the three 2007s.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
2007 VP 0.2
Morgadio da Calçada Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
2007 VP 0.6
Niepoort TPF offline 20v2009. Oporto, May 2009. Niepoort Lodge.  Drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP (Date: 2009-03-24)
2007 VP 0.2
Niepoort Pisca Fairly light for its age. Strong acidity and rounded tannins. Perhaps not quite as good as the Capela 2007.  Drunk: TCP 20iv2010. 
2007 LBV 0.5 PossiblyP++
Niepoort Bottled 2011. Very little sediment. Very dark. Good dark molasses on the nose. Touch spirity. Perhaps blackberries? Initially quite velvety mouthfeel. Touch of rose. Then strong cherry. Quite tannic, too, with very gripping tannins. Aftertaste short and pleasant. Perhaps sacrificed a little young.  Drunk: Home (Date: 2014-08-31)
2007 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Pintas Inky, with dense fruits of the nose and strong tannins in the mouth making it hard work. I imagine this will be very attractive when it begins to open out, but that may take many years. Quite a contrast to the 2009.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2007 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quevedo Very elegant. Not particularly tannic nor perfumed but very nicely balanced and with enough backbone to suggest it will last for a while.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
2007 VP 0.20.2
CertainlyC
Quinta da Romaneira Blind sample. Was one of the best two samples on the night. Extremely drinkable it was probably the most floral of the samples (although there was also a heavy grapyness). The tannins were quite light; it does make me wonder how long this vintage will last. Second after Noval.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
Very floral on the nose. Soft and elegant in mouth. Extremely drinkable. Excellent.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2007 VP 0.20.2

Quinta do Crasto Blind sample. Dreadful. Muted and tight, there was little on the nose and less on the palate. A bit of a tannic structure but not a great deal and more worrying was a complete lack of fruit. Later this turned out not to be the final Crasto blend.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
The “proper” blend. Very dark. Still quite muted. Slightly floral, perhaps some liquorish. Very little tannins but a bit of acidity. Not very complex.  Drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009. 
2007 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Infantado Very little on the nose. In the mouth extra-ordinary sensation entirely unlike other Ports I have tried: the alcohol and tannins seemed simply not to exist. The most expressive of Infantado’s house style I have found. Others will probably hate this, but I thought it was excellent.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2007 SQVP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Silva Blind sample. Most interesting of the 2007s drunk that night. Not the best to drink on the night, nor the dark tannic monster that one would expect a very young Vintage Port to be. One the nose the was tobacco and a certain spicyness. Followed up,by more complex flavours including a fair bit of rhubarb. Slightly less tannic than Niepoort, it was an interesting Port which I look forward to revisiting when it is more mature.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
2007 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Blind sample. Really shinned. Perfectly drinkable despite being so young. Very floral on the nose. Probably the best of the Ports at the moment. I wrote that it had “more tannins [than Quinta da Romaneira]” which might be a good sign for its long-term maturity.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
2007 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Passadouro Some fruit present on the nose but the aroma is subtle. In the mouth the driest and most tannic of the 2007s on show. Very hard to access for that reason: needs much time to open-out.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2007 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Retiro Novo Vinologia. Chocolate and marzipan on the nose. Lots of cherries in the mouth. No obvious tannins; extremely pleasant to drink. Will this last?  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
2007 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vesuvio Dark. Massive, huge nose. Extremely sweet on the mouth though, like many other 07s, quite elegant and not particularly tannic.  Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2007 VP 0.20.2
CertainlyC++
Quinta do Vesuvio Capela Cask sample.  Drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting (Date: 2009-11-13)
Dark, again. Much less present on the nose than the normal ’07. Surprisingly subtle on the palate with very few tannins. Subdued elegance which makes it extremely drinkable now. If this lasts to maturity it should be spectacular.   Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2007 SQVP 0.2
Taylor Vinha Velha Quinta de Vargellas Cask sample.  Drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting (Date: 2009-11-13)
2007 VP 0.20.2 PossiblyP

Warre Not quite as floral as other 2007s. Less tannins and acidity, too.  Drunk: Warre Tasting 2x2009. 
Still quite grapy. Very jammy; huge overload of fruit. In the mouth blackberries but it is a complete lack of tannin was most obvious and surprising. Quite floral. Very quaff-able.  Drunk: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port (Date: 2010-11-14)
2008 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Duorum Vinha de Castel Melhor Much more fruit than the 2007. Some floral elements too. Nice round tannins. Will be interesting to see how it develops.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2008 Crusted 1 PossiblyP++
Fonseca Bicentenary Limited Edition Coravin. Deep purple. Attractive distant cherries on the nose. In mouth, a little sugar, very limited acidity and tannins. Long aftertaste with rounded fruit, cherries maybe.  (Date: 2015-08-03)
2008 SQVP 0.2
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos “Work in progress” cask sample. Violets.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
2008 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Noval Very dark and grapy on the nose. Huge explosion of flowers in the mouth, with some fruit and soft round tannins supporting them. Very good.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2008 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vesuvio “Work-in-progress Cask Sample”. Very dark. Sweet. Tannic. Impossible to drink.   Drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010. 
2008 LBV 1 PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto Unfiltered. Good porty nose. Loads of eucalyptus, unexpectedly.   (Date: 2017-05-27)
2008 LBV 11 PossiblyP--
PossiblyP++
Tesco (Symington) Filtered. No bottling date. Initially quite good fruit. Perhaps the taste of cherries without the sensation of eating the fruit. Some acidity. Flavour then collapses. Little aftertaste or tannin. Tastes oddly over-decanted from the bottle.  (Date: 2014-09-27)
Filtered. Not very dark. Redish-purple on edge. Good deep Porty smell on nose. Little fruit. In mouth, initial blackcurrants, well balanced with acidity and tannin. Slight astringency at end. Much better than I was expecting. Very drinkable.  (Date: 2017-02-12)
2008 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Vieira de Sousa Drunk: Solar do Vinho do Porto, Lisbon (Date: 2014-11-01)
2009 VP 0.2
Alves de Sousa Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2009 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC
Cockburn Quinta dos Canais Extremely floral on the nose. Extraordinary sensation of cut grass; it feels like siting in a meadow. Very soft and approachable in the mouth. Fantastic now, and will be an excellent, though probably young-maturing, Port.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2009 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP
Dow Quinta do Bomfim Dense black cherries on the nose. Very dry in the mouth, but perhaps a touch sweeter than I expected. I see that there could be attraction in this but this style is not entirely to my liking.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2009 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Dow Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Violets on the nose. Some heat, too. Fruit not as vibrant as one might expect. Will be interesting to see how this develops. It may need more time to open.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2009 LBV 1 PossiblyP
Dow Very sweet, simple sugar. Little fruit. Perhaps a very little Dow austerity?  (Date: 2015-12-25)
2009 SQVP 0.2 CertainlyC--
Graham Quinta dos Malvedos In the mouth, the sweetness is immediately notable, along with an explosion of fruit. Very good, but perhaps a touch less expressive and interesting than the 2009 Quinta dos Canais.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2009 VP 0.2
Niepoort Black, very grapy on the nose. I found it impossible to change gear at this stage in the evening to give a good report.  Drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP (Date: 2011-04-03)
2009 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Pintas Passion-fruit. It’s all passion-fruit. Everywhere. Other fruit is very subtle and a strong acidity adds to the tropical, acidic fruit sensation. Quite extraordinary in a Port and very attractive.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2009 VP 0.2
Quevedo Touriga Nacional Sample Good deep purple colour. Very perfumed nose dominated by violets. In the mouth much more subtle. Surprisingly so, indeed. An odd mixture of initial sugar followed by quite a lot of dryness. Tannins present but not excessively so. The best nose of the samples but not very interesting to drink on its own.  Drunk: Single Varietal Ports (Date: 2011-09-08)
2009 VP 0.2
Quevedo Touriga Franca Sample Much more dark and opaque than the Touriga Nacional and much more subtle on the nose, which was slightly spirity. In the mouth, lots of rounded cherries and other fruits with some velvety tannins. A long aftertaste, with a strong tannic grip. As with the Touriga Nacional, one would not choose to drink this on its own but the desirability of combining its flavours with the Nacional’s aromas is obvious.  Drunk: Single Varietal Ports (Date: 2011-09-08)
2009 VP 0.2
Quevedo Tinta Roriz Sample Much less colour in that Touriga Francesca. Some fruit on the nose but gentle. In the mouth sugary round fruit. Very pleasant to drink. Rather inoffensive an unexciting except for a slightly astringent aftertaste. I can see the attraction for using this as a base for a blend of Port with a little of the other varietals to flesh out the bouquet and palate since it was the most pleasant to drink unmixed.  Drunk: Single Varietal Ports (Date: 2011-09-08)
2009 VP 0.2
Quevedo Tinta Cão Sample A similar colour to the Touriga Nacional; nice and dark but not quite as dark as the Touriga Francesca. In the mouth loads of hard tannins and green stalks with astringent aftertaste. Not very nice to drink no its own at all. However, I can see how a little of this, added to a blend would really give good structure to the Port. I imagine Tinta Cão is one of the grapes which really provides Port’s longevity.  Drunk: Single Varietal Ports (Date: 2011-09-08)
2009 VP 0.2
Quevedo Susão Sample Reasonable colour with a good mixture of fruit and tannins on the palate. Although I was suffering from palate fatigue (this was the 37th wine I tried that evening...) it was clear that this was a nice and round Port and, like the Tinta Roriz could easily be used as a “base” wine to which others could be added to flesh out the bouquet.  Drunk: Single Varietal Ports (Date: 2011-09-08)
2009 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta da Vista Allegre Very good young LBV.  Drunk: Quinta de S.Bernard, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-21)
2009 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Estanho Drunk: Solar do Vinho do Porto, Lisbon (Date: 2014-11-01)
2009 LBV 0.21
PossiblyP--
Quinta do Noval (Date: 2016-02-27)
Unfiltered LBV which I coravined. No bottling date. Deep purple in the middle, fading to purple-red on the rim. Not great on the nose. Some pepper but it feels a little too assertive and disjointed. Quite similar in the mouth. Limited acidity and no noticeable tannins initially. However, quite a lot of grip at the back of the throat which might suggest it will come together in the future.  (Date: 2017-08-30)
2009 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Vesuvio Nearly a quarter Sousão, this had a spicy nose with very soft red fruit in mouth. Some cherries, again, as might be expected. Fantastic.   Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2009 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Warre Soft and supple on the nose, with a good combination of fruit and grapiness. In the mouth, very supple and soft, with rounded tannins. This may bloom early into a good Port.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
2010 LBV 0.2
Quinta da Romaneira Unfiltered. Very nice and drinkable.  Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2010 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta das Lamelas Tasting of three vintage ports. Bottled after three years rather than two. Very good balance of fruit. Extremely drinkable!  Drunk: Vinologia (Date: 2017-08-28)
2010 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Sagrado Very tight. Strangely not as complex as the ruby.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2010 LBV 0.20.2 PossiblyP
No!N
Royal Oporto Very bland, unfortunately.  Drunk: Christmas Day (Date: 2014-12-25)
(Date: 2016-12-27)
2011 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Churchill Very good balance of fruit, age and acidity. Excellent!  Drunk: Bar Douro (Date: 2017-08-10)
2011 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Duorum Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2011 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Duorum Very easy to drink. Simple tannins. Will it last?  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2011 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Ferreira Rather tannic and austere. A nice port but, perhaps, too young for a restaurant.   Drunk: Rafferty's anniversary lunch (Date: 2016-01-30)
2011 LBV 1 No!N
Graham Unfiltered. Deep colour fading to red/purple. Little on the nose. Some alcohol (but that might be the glass) followed by some deep fruit. In the mouth, extremely simple-strikingly sweet with a sensation like icing sugar. Very little fruit. A little fury tannings. No real acidity. Rather disappointing in its simplicity.   (Date: 2016-12-10)
2011 LBV 0.2
Niepoort Bottled 2016. From a half.  Drunk: Katherine's Birthday  (Date: 2017-02-04)
2011 LBV 0.2
Poças Júnior Pretty good: better than expected.  Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2011 VP 0.2
Quinta da Romaneira Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2011 LBV 0.20.2
CertainlyC
Quinta do Crasto (Date: 2016-02-27)
Excellent.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2011 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Portal Quite floral. Not massively tannic. Very quaff-able. Slightly reminiscent of the 2007s when young. The tour guide suggested it was the best VP produced by Portal. I was slightly concerned about its longevity.  Drunk: Quinta Tour (Date: 2014-09-06)
2011 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Sagrado Excellent classic young VP. Good strong tannins.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2011 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP
Sandeman Filtered. Fine but not exciting.  Drunk: New Year’s Eve Party. (Date: 2017-01-31)
2012 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Bulas Tasting of three vintage ports. Very grapy on the nose. In the mouth good fruit and strong acidity but very little tannins. Will be interesting to see how it develops.  Drunk: Vinologia (Date: 2017-08-28)
2012 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta de S. José Very light. Quite good acidity but very limited tannins. Drinkable now but I wonder how long it will last?  Drunk: DOC Restaurant. (Date: 2017-08-19)
2012 LBV 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo Excellent unfiltered LBV. Very fresh. Good fruit.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2013 VP 0.2
Poças Júnior Light, floral, with good acidity. Reminded me somewhat of the 2007s on release.  Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2013 LBV 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo Unfiltered LBV. Lots of grapes on the nose, with good fruit. Quite tannic and acidic. Needs some time to open up. Will then improve.  Drunk: Lunch at the Quinta (Date: 2017-08-22)
2013 VP 0.2
Quinta do Noval Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
2014 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Alves de Sousa Quinta da Gaivoas Very strong acid and tannin: needs some time before exploring properly.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2014 VP 0.2 PossiblyP
Churchill A little light compared to the 2004 Quinta de Roriz  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2014 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta das Tecedeiras Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2014 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta de Sâo José Good but perhaps not as good as some of the other 2014s.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2014 VP 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta de la Rosa Good but perhaps not as interesting or complex as some of the other 2014s.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2014 VP 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Passadouro Very nice with good tannins.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2014 SQVP 0.2 PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2015 VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Niepoort Bioma Vinha Velha Wonderful! Absolute perfection!  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
2015 VP 0.2 CertainlyC
Niepoort Excellent. More classic than the Bioma Vinha Velha.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
N/V Ruby 1 PossiblyP
Barão de Vilar Filtered with a t-cork. Deep purple, opaque centre, fading quite dramatically to a purply-red rim. On the nose, some complex dense red fruits. Dark cherries and blackcurrants. Quite attractive and not too difficult. In the mouth, the blackcurrants predominate: along with a syrupy sugar, this reminds me of drinking Ribena. Followed by a little bit of structure, with somewhat reduces the elegance of the Port, as does the surprising furriness on the back of the tongue. This is extremely one-dimensional Port with none of the Summer-pudding fruitiness of some rubies (such as the Taylor). However, there is also nothing wrong with it which I think is a very good thing since it is quite rare when drinking the lowest category of Port. The heat is not excessive. There is no astringency of bitterness and you can quite happily drink quite a lot of this without further thought. 
N/V Ruby 1 No!N
C. Da Silva Amilar
N/V Ruby 0.2
Caves de Santa Marta Pink
N/V Ruby 10.2 PossiblyP--

Churchill Reserve 20cl bottles. Tasted rather over-decanted from the start. Probably shouldn't have aged them for so long.  (Date: 2014-09-18)
(Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V Ruby 1 No!N
Cockburn Assured Standard ruby. 
N/V Ruby 0.2 No!N
Cockburn Drunk: Macdonal Berystead Hotel Bar. 
N/V Ruby 1
Cockburn Special Reserve One litre “duty free” bottle. Quite simple, slightly green. Disappoing lack of “blockbuster” fruits I hope for in a ruby. 
N/V Ruby 0.2
Croft Pink In a cocktail with soda and lime. Perfectly satisfactory!  Drunk: “Life on the Douro” Screening (Date: 2012-04-02)
N/V Ruby 1 No!N
Croft Purple Velvet 1l bottle. Apparently a ruby reserve.   (Date: 2015-04-29)
N/V Ruby 1.2
Davy Bin 11
N/V Ruby 0.8 PossiblyP--
Davy’s Finest Reserve Purple middle, but translucent. Fades to pink. Nice nose. Slightly spirity. Good dense fruit but mild impact. Perhaps slightly musty? In mouth, rather disappointing. Weak, slightly green. Touch astringent. Very little fruit and that that there is is quite light.  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
N/V Ruby 0.2
Delaforce Paramount 5cl bottle. Surprisingly nice.  Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009. 
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP++
Dow Icon Reserve Ten-or-so years old. Deeply coloured in the middle. Lightening towards the edge. Still slightly grapy on the noes. A bit spirity, though good dense flavours in the mouth. Very rounded. Fabulous for what it is.  Drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting (Date: 2011-03-10)
N/V Ruby 1 PossiblyP
Dow Trademark Fine.  (Date: 2014-11-22)
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP
Encostas de Provezende Quinta dos Espinheiros Apparently aged for nine years, this fell somewhat into the “neither fish nor fowl” category, missing the big jammy fruits of a straight Ruby whilst, on the other hand, not having much in the way of secondary flavours.  Drunk: Quinta’s shop (Date: 2014-09-08)
N/V Ruby 1 PossiblyP
Fonseca Terra Prima Between 24-48 hours, quite attractive. Vivid fruits. However, quite deterioration from then on. Unlikely to be better than the LBVs for the same money. 
N/V Ruby 0.20.40.2
PossiblyP
PossiblyP
Fonseca Bin 27 Perfectly drinkable.  Drunk: AHB 11vi2009. 
As before.  Drunk: Wigmore Hall (Date: 2010-02-12)
Fine. As before. Probably not as good as the Terra Prima.  Drunk: Quinta do Panascal tasting (Date: 2014-09-07)
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP
Graham Fine Ruby With chocolate desert at a chocolate restaurant - perfect combination!   Drunk: Rabot 1745 (Date: 2014-10-15)
N/V Ruby 0.2
Niepoort Ruby Dum Reasonable fruitiness but not quite as bold as one might hope. Not as good as the Tawny Dee.  Drunk: “Life on the Douro” Screening (Date: 2012-04-02)
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quady Starboard Batch 88 American Port. Lots of heat on the nose. In the mouth, some nice fruit, with simple sweetness and an unexpected hint of oakiness. Lots of spirit on the finish.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quevedo Reserve Drunk: Quevedo Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V Ruby 0.2
Quevedo Rosé Better than many pinks!  Drunk: Quevedo Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V Ruby 10.2 PossiblyP--

Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers Pink Port Marks and Spencer bottling. Drinking it at cellar temperature, it is rather odd on the nose. It slightly too chemical and synthetic. In the mouth, I notice the sweetness and alcohol the most. To me, the fruit is still apparent and the overall sensation reminds me of a mildly flavoured boiled sweet. 
Marks and Spencer bottling.  
N/V Ruby 1 PossiblyP
Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers El Vino’s Finest Reserve
N/V Ruby 0.20.20.2 No!N

No!N
Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers Marks and Spencer’s Finest Reserve From a 50cl glass decanter. Good fruit on the nose. In the mouth, slightly anemic and slightly hot. Failed to surpass the usual problems with Ruby Ports. 

(Date: 2016-12-27)
N/V Ruby 1 CertainlyC
Quinta da Casa Amarela Reserve Probably unfiltered; bottled 2008. Extremely attractive; black cherry jam on the nose, blackcurrants predominating in the mouth. Some tannins but not too many. Needs a few hours in the decanter but not too long. 
N/V Ruby 10.2 PossiblyP--
CertainlyC
Quinta de la Rosa Couple of years old. Bought at the Quinta. Very small amount of very thick sediment. Ok fruit. Bit too spirity.  (Date: 2014-08-17)
Quinta de la Rosa. Good fruit. Extremely high quality. Worth seeking out.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta de la Rosa Lote n. 601 Quinta de la Rosa. Not a great deal of fruit. A little weak, especially compared to the Reserve.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta do Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo CLÃ Special Reserve Soft fruit on the nose. Similar in mouth but a bit spirity. Fine but unexciting.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo Reserve Normal reserve. Similar to the CLÃ. Softer fruit, though, and a more rounded elegant wine, with everything falling into place making it an excellent ruby to try.  Drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London (Date: 2011-04-07)
N/V Ruby 0.2 No!N--
Quinta do Noval Robinson College House Port Single glass at a dinner.Horrific. 
N/V Ruby 0.20.2

Quinta do Noval Black Nice fruity and grapey nose, very much like a young VP. Then extremely dense and tannic in the mouth. Would be brilliant if it was either sold unfiltered or pre-aged at the lodge, so it would be a bit softer and more mature when drunk.  Drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting (Date: 2010-03-22)
Some six years since I last tried this, it was a little more approachable with good dense fruits and less tannins. Very drinkable.  Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V Ruby 0.2 No!N++
Quinta do Portal P!nk As expected!  Drunk: Quinta’s shop (Date: 2014-09-08)
N/V Ruby 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Sagrado Excellent classic ruby. What ruby should be.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
N/V Ruby 0.2
Quinta do Vale de Dona Maria Reserva Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V Ruby 0.2
Quinta do Vale de Dona Maria Olazabal Finest Reserve Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V Ruby 0.2
Ramos Pinto Adriano Drunk: Ramos Pinto and Chocolate tasting, Charbonnel et Walker (Date: 2011-11-22)
N/V Ruby 0.20.2

Sandeman Partners’ (or Founder’s) Port From a ceramic Don-shaped decanter. Bottled in 1977. Completely oxidized but quite drinkable despite that.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting (Date: 2009-12-17)
Quinta do Seixo. Nice solid ruby. Not a great deal of fruit but the alcohol was not unpleasant.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V Ruby 1 PossiblyP
Smith Woodhouse The Queen’s College House Port
N/V Ruby 0.4 PossiblyP
Symington Middle Temple
N/V Ruby 1 PossiblyP
Taylor Ruby Select Reserve A day in the decanter blew of the spirit. Very little on the nose. On the palate, inoffensive (in a good way). Some alcohol on the back of the throat. A very good Ruby. 
N/V Ruby 0.2 CertainlyC--
Taylor Finest Reserve Blackcurrants on the nose. Slight grapyness, too, like a young Vintage Port. Small amount of heat. Quite elegant in the mouth: cherries predominate. Light and well formed: subtle with only the slightest touch of heat which can spoil rubies. I was quite impressed with this which I think is a far better offering than the LBV.  Drunk: Taylor’s and Cheese, Milbank (Date: 2010-12-20)
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP--
Taylor Fine Ruby Miniature from a three bottle gift pack. Little fresh fruit on nose and in mouth. Some grapyness. Surprisingly good for basic ruby and curiously better than the Select Ruby Reserve in the same pack.   (Date: 2015-06-10)
N/V Ruby 0.2 PossiblyP--
Taylor Select Reserve Miniature from a three bottle gift pack. Nose is quite good; smells of young, fruity Port. In the mouth, disappointingly disjointed. Gentle red fruits are overlayed with astringent sourness and slight bitterness. Very little aftertaste. The basic Ruby was probably better than this.   (Date: 2015-06-10)
N/V Tawny 1
Barão de Vilar
N/V Tawny 0.2
Casal dos Jordões By the glass at Carnevale Restaurant. Organic blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinot Barroca. Lightish ruby. Slightly tawny in the mouth, though the bottle seemed to have been open for too long to tell what this would have been like in proper conditions. 
N/V Tawny 1
Churchill El Vino’s No. 12, Fine Tawny At El Vino’s. Good tawny colour. Very drinkable. 
N/V Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC
Encostas de Provezende Quin Excellent secondary flavours and a long aftertaste. Quite a lot of toffee. Apparently about 25 years old but tasting slightly older than that, this was an excellent example of a Douro Tawny in the style that is otherwise so hard to come by.  Drunk: Quinta’s shop (Date: 2014-09-06)
N/V Tawny 0.2
Ferreira Served warm in a plastic cup on the steam train. Seemed drinkable in the circumstances...  Drunk: Douro Historic Train (Date: 2017-08-20)
N/V Tawny 0.2 No!N
Hedges and Butler “By appointment to His Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales”, so bottled between 1901 and 1936. Cloudy. Harsh and unpleasant.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
N/V Tawny 0.2
Messias Tinto Aloirado Half-way between a ruby and a tawny, this appeared to have some old wines blended in. 
N/V Tawny 0.6
Morgado Nice on the nose; gentle cherry and a mild tawny smell. In the mouth, more cherries, a little sugar, let down by a bit of rancio. Ok in extremis, otherwise not. 
N/V Tawny 0.2
Niepoort Tawny Dee Good basic tawny, better than the “twin” Ruby Dum.  Drunk: “Life on the Douro” Screening (Date: 2012-04-02)
N/V Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta das Tecedeiras Young mixture. A good basic tawny.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
N/V Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta de la Rosa Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP--
Quinta de la Rosa Finest Reserve Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V Tawny 0 No!N++
Quinta do Portal Free glass of the basic tawny thrown in with a boat trip. Not great.  Drunk: Douro boat trip (Date: 2014-09-08)
N/V Tawny 0.2 No!N
Réccua Free glass at Douro Museum. Not great.  Drunk: Douro Museum (Date: 2017-08-23)
N/V Tawny 0.2
Sandeman Imperial Reserve Quinta do Seixo. Surprisingly “tawny” on the nose for a basic, though the colour was still quite dark. Unfortunately, there was a musty taste which was not entirely pleasant.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V Tawny 0.2 No!N
Taylor Fine Tawny Miniature from a three bottle gift pack. Pretty much nothing on the nose. Slightly sickly sweet red fruits in the mouth. Merest touch of tawny flavours.   (Date: 2015-06-10)
N/V VP 0.2 CertainlyC++
Unknown Good colour. Browning round the edge. Green apples on the nose. Slightly bitter in the mouth. Probably not ancient but very old. c.1909-1917, perhaps?  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
N/V White 0.20.2 PossiblyP--
CertainlyC
Churchill Dry White Not completely dry. More “off white”. Not a great amount of fruit and very distant aftertaste (albeit one which was pleasantly nutty). Fine but there are much better offerings these days.   Drunk: Churchill’s Lodge (Date: 2014-09-08)
Glass at Bar Douro opening. In the light of the bar almost a pink colour! Perhaps a touch sweeter than off dry-off sweet, perhaps? Good balance of flavours; some sherry like savoury edges with some fruit. Very good white Port which I'd happily drink again!  Drunk: Bar Douro opening (Date: 2016-11-04)
N/V White 0.2
Cockburn Cockburn Lodge. Nice. More interesting than the Chip Dry.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
N/V White 0.2
Dow Port-tonic made with a good-sized glass, topped up with Fever Tree Tonic. Rather nice.  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
N/V White 0.2 PossiblyP++
Encostas de Provezende Quinta dos Espinheiros Lovely white: off dry rather than dry or sweet with a good mixture of fruits coming through and some nutty aftertaste. By miles the best white Port I have tried that wasn’t extremely old. The type of Ports the others should be aiming to make!  Drunk: Quinta’s shop (Date: 2014-09-06)
N/V White 0.2 PossiblyP
Fonseca Siroco Pretty decent dry white Port (as dry white Ports go)...  Drunk: Quinta do Panascal tasting (Date: 2014-09-08)
N/V White 0.2
Quevedo Sample from a experimental cask, approximately 40 years old. Probably not real Port as made from Moscatel! As a Moscatel, very nice: lychee; strawberries and other soft fruits predominating.  Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010. 
N/V White 1 No!N--
Quinta da Casa Amarela 50cl clear glass bottle. The colour is nice; between the darkest straw and the lightest caramel. The nose is also attractive (especially for a white Port). There is quite a lot of fruit; lychees and a touch of orange. Some sweetness too. At back of the nose a slight chemical smell attached to a lot of alcohol. In the mouth an immediate surge of alcohol. The lychee comes eventually, along with some lavender, but this immediately disappears. Then a nasty bitter chemical after-taste. Truly appalling; hopefully a flawed bottle. 
N/V White 0.4
Quinta da Vista Allegre Seco Makes a pretty good Port and Tonic!  Drunk: Quinta de S.Bernard, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-21)
N/V White 0.2 No!N
Quinta de la Rosa Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V White 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Infantado Glass at Vinoteca. The bottle advertises it as dry / seco; the blackboard in the bar more accurately says it is medium. A light amber with quite a bit of redness, like a pale rosé. Served very cold, there is little on the nose; a little sherry-like alcohol, perhaps. In the mouth, initially medium sweet, with a little saltiness, some almonds, perhaps a tiny distant fruit. Both dry and refreshing and also clearly a Port, this is extremely good and one of the best basic whites I can remember trying.   Drunk: Vinoteca (Date: 2016-01-06)
N/V White 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta do Vallado Good balance of sweetness and sugar. Very tasty: one of the better basic whites.  Drunk: Quinta do Vallado visit, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-18)
N/V White 1 PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto Lagrima In the decanter, light golden colour. In the glass (especially chilled), it is significantly lighter and straw-like. Non-refrigerated, the nose is horrific. Cheap, sweet Chardonnay. Overpowering. In the mouth: hit of the cheap Chardonnay; lots of spirit; long finish of lychees and vanilla takes over. Cool, the nose is more subdued. Reminiscent of Champagne. In the mouth, there a little spirit and long finish of lychees and vanilla. 
N/V White 0.2 No!N
Real Companhia Velha Quinta das Carvalhãs. Off-dry. Fairly unattractive. Why do they insist on giving out white Ports at tastings?  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V White 0.2 No!N
Sandeman Clipper At least 30 years in bottle. Toxic nose.  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
N/V White 0.2
Sandeman Apitiv Quinta do Seixo. Ok; off-dry. Some lychee and other fruit. An ok white but not one to beat the reds.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V White 0.20.20.20.2


PossiblyP
Taylor Chip Dry Restaurant in Taylor’s Lodge. Needs to be very chilled. Then acceptable!  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
Restaurant in Taylor’s Lodge. Truely the only time when it acceptable to drink this!  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
(Date: 2012-04-02)
As before and before.  Drunk: Taylor's Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP++
Azul First Great Western Pullman dining car.   (Date: 2015-03-12)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 10.2

Barros (Date: 30/07/2014)Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.20.2
PossiblyP--
Churchill (Date: 2014-09-09)
Bar Douro opening. Quite young and fruity but I was, perhaps, a little disappointed by the lack of complexity, especially compared to the (table wine) Churchill Gran Reserva which was the same price and fantastic. Compared a little unfavourably to the Quinta da Silveira tried afterwards.  Drunk: Bar Douro opening (Date: 2016-11-04)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.20.2 PossiblyP
PossiblyP
Fonseca Drunk: Uncorked tasting. Drunk: Quinta do Panascal tasting (Date: 2014-09-07)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 1 PossiblyP
Gould Campbell
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 20.20.2 PossiblyP
PossiblyP

Graham A solid tawny, but perhaps not as interesting as some of the other options. 
A dark amber in colour. In the mouth, a little acidity, followed by some gentle fruit. The aftertaste started slightly bitter but then faded into a quite long-lasting rose. There was little in the way of tawny secondary flavours, although the primary fruits had faded. Nice, but not a match for some of the other 10-year-olds on the market.  Drunk: ROH Bar. 
(Date: 2012-04-02)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC
Niepoort Excellent; by far the best 10 Y/O tried. Smoother than the colheitas of similar age (as I suppose one might expect).  Drunk: Uncorked tasting. 
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 2
Quevedo Dark topaz; quite a lot of golden brown, with a hint of red. The Port is also slightly cloudy. On the nose, there is no obvious fruit. There is some heat, but it is pleasant; it reminds me a lot of a good Cognac. The tawny sensation on the nose is light but present. In the mouth, many layers of complexity. There is first a light touch of sugar, followed by some heat (though, it reminds me more of a Cognac than raw Aguardente) and perhaps a slight tankiness due to the bottle being kept open too long. The mid-palate is quite dry for a tawny Port; I don’t have any sensation of the stickiness of some tawnies. There is some fruit, there too. Cherries, perhaps. But it is short-lived because it is quickly overtaken by the aftertaste which is very strong and undoubtedly the best part of this Port. Extremely long and nutty with perhaps a slight memory of the fruit, it lingers in the mouth for much longer than I would expect for a young tawny. An interesting offering. I fee l it is quite strongly characterised and tasting much older than its age, especially compared to shippers like Taylor, which have always struck me as very good and competent but bland and a little boring. 
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Quinta da Romaneira Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP++
Quinta da Silveira Boot and Flogger's house Port. Good complexity. Clearly contains some old stuff which gives lovely butterscotch flavours. Much better than the Churchill from the same night.   Drunk: Boot and Flogger  (Date: 2016-11-04)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Quinta de Marrocos Very pale and mature for its age. Highly tawny. Very old for its ag e. But perhaps needs a little younger stuff blended in to increase the complexit y.  Drunk: Delaforce Tasting (Date: 2012-04-24)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Mourão São Leonardo Clear orange colour. Lots of orangey heat on nose. In mouth, some sugar sweetness. Hugely mature for its age. Reminds me slightly of drinking golden syrup. Very nice but perhaps a bit mature for its age.  Drunk: Not VP Tasting II. 
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.20.2

Quinta do Noval Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Portal Very nice. Quite brown. Good mixture of old and new wines.  Drunk: Quinta do Portal’s Restaurant. (Date: 2014-09-06)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Vallado Tasting at Quinta do Vallado. Fine but a little unexciting.  Drunk: Quinta do Vallado visit, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-18)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 1 PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 10.20.2

PossiblyP
Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira Bright orange with a touch of pink. In the mouth, quite attractive: lots of a fruit balancing the tawniness. Perhaps even a bit of rounded tannins? Certainly the very fruit-centred: almost tastes as if it was made from three bottles of tawny and one bottle of ruby. 
Very similar to last time, though spoilt by too much heat and alcohol.  Drunk: Ramos Pinto and Chocolate tasting, Charbonnel et Walker (Date: 2010-11-10)
(Date: 2011-11-22)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 1 PossiblyP++
Real Companhia Velha Quinta das Carvalhãs In a ship’s decanter shaped bottle. Perhaps a bit more mature in colour than I expected. Orange in the middle fading to a clear rim. On the nose, lots of sweet fruit, a bit like a boiled sweet. In the mouth, again quite sweet with a little fruit. Very few tawny flavours. Although it doesn’t really taste much like a 10-year-old tawny, for what it was, I enjoyed it!   (Date: 2014-09-20)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 20.2 PossiblyP
PossiblyP
Taylor
Deep red in the middle, with slight lightening on the edges. Not greatly tawny in the nose. In the mouth, nice well integrated fruit and sugar but, again, only mildly tawny. Some heat at the very end of the aftertaste.  Drunk: Taylor’s and Cheese, Milbank (Date: 2010-12-20)
N/V 10 Y/O Tawny 10.21 PossiblyP
CertainlyC--
PossiblyP++
Warre Otima
Orange-red centre. Peachy rim. Very muted nose, perhaps caused by being served cold. Good caramel nose. Not convinced of the nuttiness which Tim Stanley-Clarke described. In mouth initially a pile up of different flavours. Mid-palate: very little; everything dramatically falls away. Then, at the end, it picks up again with a very long nutty aftertaste. The acidity is good on initial tasting, then falls away immediately. I was quite interested about this blend and discussed it with Tim Stanley-Clarke; since I wondered if they’d put something very old in it to give it that long aftertaste. It was certainly more interesting than I remember it from 5 years ago.  Drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate 
Bought to drink in a hotel whilst working since it appeared to be the most appealing smaller-than-75cl bottle in Waitrose! Very similar to the last tasting. Perhaps a little more mahogany than pink in the centre, fading quite considerably to the rim. The nose is rather mute but that is probably down to the glass. In the mouth, a good mixture of flavours and acidity with a modest aftertaste. Perhaps tasting a little younger than my previous record suggests but extremely drinkinable and probably one of the better 10-year-olds I have tried.  (Date: 2017-08-30)
N/V 10 Y/O White 0.2 PossiblyP++
Alves de Sousa Quinta da Gaivoas Excellent.  Drunk: New Douro Tasting (Date: 2016-11-07)
N/V 10 Y/O White 0.4 PossiblyP++
Quinta da Vista Allegre Drunk: Quinta de S.Bernard, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-19)
N/V 10 Y/O White 0.2
Quinta de Santa Eufémia Vinologia. Clear straw colour. On the nose there is quite a bit of alcohol followed by a vivid sensation of nuts: almonds and peanuts predominating. In the mouth, hard to distinguish from a standard dry white port. A very short taste with a little dry nuttiness with that slightly unpleasant spirty sensation. Less offensive non-chilled than the Taylor Chip Dry.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
N/V 10 Y/O White 0.2
Quinta do Gaivosa Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC
Barão de Vilar Bottled 2010. Golden red in middle. Slightly astringent on the nose. In mouth, some orangey tawny flavours. Long, slightly nutty aftertaste. Very attractive.  Drunk: Not VP Tasting II. 
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Berry Bros. William Pickering Drunk: Berry Bros. (Date: 2011-12-01)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Bulas Drunk: Viniportugal, Libson (Date: 2014-11-01)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Churchill Drunk: Churchill’s Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Cockburn Cockburn Lodge. Very nice mixture of fruit and tawny dryness.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.20.20.2 PossiblyP
CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Fonseca
Golden brown. Slightly musty on the nose. Really quite excellent at fruit. But fell apart to a sugar syrup with some nuttiness quite quickly.  Drunk: Not VP Tasting II. 
Probably the best Fonseca tawny. Good combination of fruit and tawny flavours. Better than many commercial 20-year-olds.  Drunk: Quinta do Panascal tasting (Date: 2014-09-07)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.5 CertainlyC
Fragulho Bought at Vinologia: one of a few dusty halves they had left. Bottled in 2011 (i.e. six years before drinking) with a t-cork. The shipper is an independent producer from Cheires (just North East of Sabrosa on the far side of the Pinhão river). Deep brown in the centre with perhaps, in the right light, a mere touch of purple. Fading to nothing at the edge. Very complex on the nose. Quite spicy, perhaps a little spirity. A little round fruit. In the mouth, a fantastically well-balanced combination of red fruits (perhaps red cherries) and golden syrup followed by an extremely long and attractive soft tawny aftertaste. This is really very good: probably the best 20-year-old I have tried.   (Date: 2017-09-18)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Graham Drunk: “Life on the Douro” Screening (Date: 2012-04-02)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.4 CertainlyC
Niepoort Also Oporto May 2009. Niepoort Lodge. Much more complex than the Niepoort 10 Y/O. Tasted much older with notably less fresh fruit from the 10 Y/O. Perhaps overpriced.  Drunk: Uncorked tasting. 
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Quevedo Drunk: Quevedo Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Quinta do Noval Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.20.2
PossiblyP
Quinta do Vallado (Date: 2016-02-27)
Tasting at Quinta do Vallado. Nice: better than the 10 year old but probably would not go out of my way to drink it.  Drunk: Quinta do Vallado visit, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-18)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.20.2 CertainlyC
CertainlyC
Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro Perfect combination of fresh and dry fruit. Some caramel, touch of nuts. Lovely.  Drunk: Ramos Pinto and Chocolate tasting, Charbonnel et Walker (Date: 2010-11-10)
(Date: 2011-11-22)
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Sandeman Quinta do Seixo. Quite a lot of colour and fresh fruits remaining for a 20-year-old. Fine but no more exciting than that.  Drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010. 
N/V 20 Y/O Tawny 0.20.20.2

PossiblyP
Taylor Restaurant in Taylor’s Lodge. Fine, if unexciting.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
Bottled 1978. Appearing very old, with greenish rim. Well intergrated tawniness; probably the best aged tawny I have tried.  Drunk: Ides of March 2011, El Vino’s. 
Very much as I remember it. A good mixture of fresh and dry fruit with some residual tannins and a little acidity. However, it still seems more archetypal than exciting.  Drunk: Pousada Viana do Castelo hotel bar  (Date: 2017-08-27)
N/V 20 Y/O White 0.2
Quinta de Santa Eufémia Vinologia. A lovely light caramel colour; this port shows that it has seen some time in wood. Unfortunately, that was the best bit about this. On the nose, very similar to the 10-year-old, but with the nuts a little stronger. On the palate, extremely dry and with almost no fruit. I don’t think this is up to the standards of the 10 and 30 year olds.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
N/V 30 Y/O Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC
Fonseca Golden brown. Slightly musty on the nose. Really quite excellent at fruit. But fell apart to a sugar syrup with some nuttiness quite quickly.  Drunk: Not VP Tasting II. 
N/V 30 Y/O Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC
Niepoort A revelation to me. Not at all the sweet, sticky drink that I was expecting. Very austere and dry. This obviously need to mature in the bottle; perhaps about 5 years to bring it to peak condition. (This was bottled in 2009).  Drunk: TPF Christmas Offline. 
N/V 30 Y/O Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC
Quinta do Vallado Excellent. The best of the aged tawnies from Quinta do Vallado. Curiously darker than the 40-year old; a pale amber which combines a good tawny-like fruit with some aged amber characteristics. Good residual acidity and extremely long after-taste.  Drunk: Quinta do Vallado visit, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-18)
N/V 30 Y/O Tawny 1 CertainlyC
Sandeman Golden amber with a little orange. Deep caramel citrus on the nose. In the mouth, immediate sweetness, some orange, not much dried fruits.  (Date: 2016-05-15)
N/V 30 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP--
Taylor Pinkish. Not as tawny as expected. Very hard to distinguish from the 40-year-old. Rather unexciting and disappointing.  Drunk: Taylor's Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V 30 Y/O White 0.2 PossiblyP
Burmester Drunk: Viniportugal, Libson (Date: 2014-11-01)
N/V 30 Y/O White 0.2
Kopke Drunk: Decanter: Spain and Portugal at the Landmark Hotel (Date: 2016-02-27)
N/V 30 Y/O White 0.20.2
CertainlyC
Quinta de Santa Eufémia Vinologia. A dark golden caramel in colour, this was more muted on the nose and mouths than the younger whites. I think this is mostly due to them ageing a fairly dry wine; the aftertaste doesn’t open up into the residual sugar which you would usually expect. The unfortunate consequence of that is that quite a lot of alcohol comes through. However, the aftertasete is long, smooth and creamy.  Drunk: Oporto May 2009. 
Light golden colour. Really sweet in the mouth. Candy-floss like. Good caramel let down, perhaps, by a slightly sour mid-palate flavour. However, the aftertaste was excellent and extremely long.  Drunk: Christmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Fonseca Very brown with slight green edge. Alarmingly cloudy! No real fruit to speak of but surprising acidity. Long nutty aftertaste. Good, but perhaps not as good as one would hope for at this level.  Drunk: Quinta do Panascal tasting (Date: 2014-09-07)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2
Quevedo Drunk: Quevedo Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta das Lamelas Tasting of three 40-year-old tawnies. By far the most balanced but perhaps this resulted in a lack of a complexity and aftertaste.  Drunk: Vinologia (Date: 2017-08-28)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Mourão São Leonardo Tasting of three 40-year-old tawnies. Good aftertaste of almonds.  Drunk: Vinologia (Date: 2017-08-28)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2 CertainlyC++
Quinta do Noval Deep red colour. Initially lots of fruit. Followed by extremely long aftertaste combining nuts and Marzipan. Very nice.  Drunk: Christmas Tasting (Date: 2011-12-15)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Quinta do Vallado A little disappointing after the 30-year-old. Unexpectedly darker than its younger cousin, it had a disappointingly alcoholic taste with an excessive lack of aftertaste.   Drunk: Quinta do Vallado visit, August 2017. (Date: 2017-08-18)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP--
Taylor Pinkish. Not as tawny as expected. Very hard to distinguish from the 30-year-old. Rather unexciting and disappointing.  Drunk: Taylor's Lodge (Date: 2014-09-09)
N/V 40 Y/O Tawny 0.2 PossiblyP
Valriz Tasting of three 40-year-old tawnies. Amazingly long aftertaste of hazelnuts.  Drunk: Vinologia (Date: 2017-08-28)

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