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February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Thomas V     » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:04 pm

New year and time to keep it rolling inhere with the virtual tastings.

So the theme this time is any vintage port (I guess SQ's are included) from a house owned by the Fladgate Partnership e.g.

Fonseca
Croft
Taylor's
Wiese & Krohn

Since we are already deep into February I included March as well to allow for people to buy, find or collect a port within the theme.

Enjoy.
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Re: February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Andy Velebil     » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:36 am

Sorry for the delay, was out of town for work the past couple weeks. Will get to something by the end of the month. Good topic as something from them are easy to find.
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Re: February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Thomas V     » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:41 am

Andy Velebil wrote:Sorry for the delay, was out of town for work the past couple weeks. Will get to something by the end of the month. Good topic as something from them are easy to find.


Excellent Andy.

I tried the Fonseca Crusted Bicentenary port during my stay in Lisbon, but even though it is technically a blend of 2-3 VPs I will seek out something else for this virtual tasting to be within the theme.

I hope more will join these 2 months to kick things into gear.... :ftlop: [friends.gif]
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Re: February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Roy Hersh     » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:13 am

I had the 1991 Croft Vintage Port last night. It never fails to wow me with its complexity and while quite youthful, it has a presence that depicts a VP with more age. Smooth, unctuous, multi-layered and a great slow sipper. IMO, one of the greatest Croft Ports. Ok, it is no 1945 ... but then again, how many Ports ever produced, are of that ilk? :scholar:
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Re: February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Thomas V     » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:40 pm

Roy Hersh wrote:I had the 1991 Croft Vintage Port last night. It never fails to wow me with its complexity and while quite youthful, it has a presence that depicts a VP with more age. Smooth, unctuous, multi-layered and a great slow sipper. IMO, one of the greatest Croft Ports. Ok, it is no 1945 ... but then again, how many Ports ever produced, are of that ilk? :scholar:


How do you feel about the current state of the 1991 vintage? Tasted others besides the Croft recently?

I will chime in with a Taylor's and Fonseca later this week.

Still hope more people will pop open a VP from Fladgate this month. Still 14 days left.
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Re: February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Thomas V     » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:22 pm

Ill stuff in my TN for a Fonseca 1985 here as well which was tasted last Thursday.

Part of an eighties themed VP tasting in Aarhus Port Club with 10 VP's which were served semiblind.

Decanted for 11 hours

This just looks ridiculous in the glass. A wolf in sheep's clothes. To guess that this is in fact a 32 year old VP is pretty ludicrous and impossible. It looks like a 97' or even a 03'. Dark and lush and then the scent hits you in the face with load of primary fruit, mostly black current and some mint . Not a sniff of alcohol on the nose just this sensation of a young and delicious VP.

On the palate it is fine, refreshing with an outstanding balance already between sweetness and acidity. Then the complexity hits with spicy notes and it keeps rolling of the tounge. This is so delicious to drink right now, but there is no doubt in anyones mind that this will go the distance and become something even more special than it already is (98-99pts?). I will not touch any of min bottles for at least 10 years. Just hope and pray that I get to try it at a tasting while I wait and gather more.

Today the Graham's 1985 was a better glass, but in 10-20 years the roles will reverse.

95+ points
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Re: February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Eric Menchen     » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:18 am

Given the theme, last night I opened a 2005 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port, 375ml. This bottle had clear plastic capsule underneath the foil one. While I've seen plenty of double capsuled bottles, I've not seen a Port bottle with a clear plastic capsule. I'll add a note after further tasting. Pretty good so far.
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Re: February/March 2017 VT: Any VP from Fladgate

Postby Bradley Bogdan     » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:06 pm

Eric Menchen wrote:Given the theme, last night I opened a 2005 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port, 375ml. This bottle had clear plastic capsule underneath the foil one. While I've seen plenty of double capsuled bottles, I've not seen a Port bottle with a clear plastic capsule. I'll add a note after further tasting. Pretty good so far.
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I'd love to hear how it was, just picked up a cheap 750 of that Port.


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