Miscelaneous Photos

>> Friday, July 24, 2009

While i'm waiting anxious to go to the Douro, let me just put some old photos in here.

"Never Ending Douro"

"The River Tedo"

"The River Tedo and the Douro in the back"

"The Douro, from the DOC Restaurant (at right)"

"Same as the previous photo but from another angle"

"A DOC's Recipe. Yummy"

"Niepoort's Cellar in Douro"

"Niepoort's, Port Cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia"

"Quinta do Crasto's Pool. Magnificent view over there"


2 days in Douro

Next Monday and Tuesday, I will be in Douro for some visits, so i will get back with some tasting notes and photos from those days.
Just to tease you, i will be tasting the new wines from Quinta do Crasto, Niepoort, Quinta de la Rosa, Poeira and Lavradores de Feitoria.

Seen you soon........


2007 Vintage Port is coming to town

>> Saturday, July 18, 2009

No, this is not fresh news for most of you but probably someone who doesn't follow the news might find this helpful.

Well, 2007 Vintage Ports are being released as i write this words, but only a bunch of producers already have the wines in the shelves, as a lot of them will release their wines in October.

Let me talk about this vintage, and how special it is. Usually the best years for a Vintage Port are those real hot years where the grapes tend to get over maturation, but 2007 wasn't like that, was really fresh most of the year, even August was fresher than usually and September was quite dry. What makes it special is that in a great year for still wines in Douro, we've got beautiful Ports too. A rare case of a vintage that is excellent for the two kind of wines. Speaking with a lot of producers and winemakers, all said that they would have to go back for a long time to find a vintage like this, and even some didn't find any.
Almost all Port Houses declared Vintage Port in 2007. I tasted some of them, at least the major players and was stunned with the wines. We will not have those "brutal" Ports like in 2003, but instead, wines of powerful but with some elegance too. Some of the wines, like the Niepoort vintage 2007, for example, are quite approachable right now, but they have a lot of tannins, a lot of structure and acidity to keep them alive for decades. In sum, an amazing year for Ports, and still wines, in Douro.
From the ones i tasted, just take a look at Dow's, Niepoort, Noval, Warre (quite a surprise), and Taylor's. You won't get disappointment on these wines, that's for sure. I will leave you with a video, where Dirk Niepoort talks about Vintage Port in 2007.



Fonseca Vintage Port 1963

>> Friday, July 17, 2009

After 46 years, 44 to be exact since this wine was probably bottled in 65, it was my time to taste this wine. It's with some emotion and great respect that i taste an old Port.
1963 was what we can call a classic year as was a general declaration for almost all Port Houses. The year went so great for Port that this was considered to be one of the best vintages in the 20th century. Great ports were created in this year, ports with a long life ahead.
When i took the first look to the glass, i saw this beautiful and brilliant ruby color, a little orange in the rim. It was time to lift the glass to the noose as the anxiety was so much.
The pedigree of a great port. Lots of complexity invaded my nose. First, that beautiful smell of strawberry's and a little bit of plums, but not those over mature plums. Then came some old closet smell, some spice box and some chocolate. All this was coming and coming, and coming.
The first sip took me to heaven. All this delicacy, all this finesse, and all this balance, was really unbelievable in a single wine. The wine was so balanced that not even a single moment i sensed the alcohol, not for a moment i was disturbed by anything than this "nirvana state" that the wine gave to me. Creamy, elegant, had a finish that took about a minute and after that, i was wondering for the next sip. A remarkable wine, almost perfect in all senses ,that everyone should drink at least one time in his life. One of the best ports i've ever had.
19,5 Points


Port in Pink?

Probably some of you already heard about this, as this is not fresh news, but it's time for me to talk about this wine.
I always considered myself a little traditionalist considering Port, after all, Port it's a kind of a traditional wine, with lots of culture and a little closed, until now, for some creativity.
I really understand why Taylor's, the first producer to put a Pink Port in the market, and one of the most traditional producers in Port, "invented" this wine. It's time to get some new consumers and introduce themselves to Port Wine.
I think the target will be mostly young people, specially women, who doesn't know anything about Port, that are spending a lot of time in discos and bars, wasting time with shots of vodka, tequila, or anything else. Port is a fortified wine, which means a wine with a lot of alcohol, and with all those propaganda against wine and alcohol beverages, port will tend to be less consumed.
But what's a Pink Port? Well, in a few words you can consider a Pink Wine but in this case, fortified. What is it like? Well, this was made to be a easy drink to be consumed early, as a casual drink, in the beginning of a meal, as an aperitif. You can join this port with some ice, some tonic water, or whatever you think it will go well. Just enjoy it fresh, really fresh, and i think you all will like it. I really do, when forgetting a little bit my traditional mind, and thinking it as a joy, casual, fresh and uncompromising Port.
I will recommend Croft Pink and Quevedo Rosé Port, as these great examples of this wine is meant to be.


PS - Don't you ever forget this: Wine is probably the best drink in the world, but only when consumed with moderation.


About Me

Hi Folks,

Well, there is not much to say about me, after all I'm not that old.
Anyway, i am a Portuguese "fella", who happens to love Wine so much that decided to write a little bit about it. I've been around in Wine for some time now, and been in contact with such amazing wines that i can't consider my self so patriot in the matter of wines. Like Socrates once said, "....i am a citizen of the World".
So why write about Port and Douro Wines? Because these wines are so fantastic and i do want to show other people to know them.

If you already now these wines, you know what I'm talking about and just pass here when you feel like. If not, let me just help you on this journey, and you will find a new world of amazing wines and places.



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