Wine was undoubtedly first created quite by accident, when the natural yeast cells on grapes fermented the juice that had been squeezed from them. The fermentation of the juice had a side benefit, though. Once fermented, the grape juice was stable, less susceptible to bacterial contamination, and could be carried with you.
Don Schliff, noted Port collector and one of the founders of Wine Warehouse, the famous wholesalers headquartered in Los Angeles, organized an historic Port tasting in Februaryfeaturing the best vintage Ports of the great vintage, accompanied by four vintages of Quinta do Noval Nacional, andand finally ending with the stars of the event, the famed Quinta do Noval and the Dow. Most of the wines were acquired from England over the last 40 years and the bottles have lain undisturbed since then. The provenance was perfect!
They have left as much of the original wild plant life undisturbed as possible, preserving biodiversity to contribute to unique and powerfully expressive wines reflective of the terroir. Graham's wines are renowned for remarkable richness, concentration and firm tannic structure which combine to give brilliant longevity. The House style is known by its intense floral notes, opulent berry fruit flavours and flair.
It was full-bodied, with masses of fruit intertwined with layers of velvety tannins. It was superb. Importing wine from his home country, he was quickly accepted into London society and gained a fine reputation for his wines.
The theme was pure and simple, a single-blind matrix tasting of Vintage Ports fromand Decanted well-in-advance by all participants, the bottles were dropped off in the large banquet room where the tasting would unfold over a six and a half hour period of evaluation. The guests headed out for dinner as a few of us remained to arrange the glassware.
The port vintage was the first end-of-war vintage. It was a superb quality five-star vintage, although the quantity produced was small. The ports are now very rare but are still drinking well today, making them an excellent 74 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary this year.
This style of Port is fully matured in seasoned oak casks each holding about litres of wine. Mellow and elegant, combining delicate wood notes with rich aromas of mature fruit, it is bottled for immediate drinking. Deep brick colour with amber rim.
Owner Symington family. It was plated at the end of the 18th century and sold to Justino Ferreira Pinto Basto a son of the famous founder of Vista Allegrewhose family curiously enough is related to Paul Symington. Graham bought the quinta in
On a cold winter night I like to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and a glass of something that is sure to take the chill off…something stronger than your average glass of wine… a small glass or two of Tawny Port. There are basically two broad categories of Port: those that are wood matured and those that are bottle matured. Vintage Ports are a bottle aged Ports, while aged Tawny Ports are wood matured in a controlled, oxidative environment. A basic Tawny port may not have been aged for much longer than a Ruby Port, which is usually much less than 3 years, and may have been made from lighter wines grown in the cooler areas of the Douro where the grapes rarely ripen to give much depth and intensity of fruit.