Ramos Pinto LBV Port 2011, Douro, Portugal (~£19 widely available) LBV is supposed to be ready to drink on release, but this is a bit of a pup, and seems to be built to survive another decade or more. Dark, young and juicy, packed with blackberry, blackcurrant and damson flavours, […]

Ramos Pinto LBV 2011 + Some Wine Gadgets

It’s not as prominent as red port, but white port still merits attention. But should you drink it neat or with additions? Mixed messages from these two wines… PORT 1 Cálem White & Dry Port NV, Douro, Portugal (£12.90 Amathus Drinks) By itself: Quite weighty, with an alcoholic kick to the sweet […]

Do you like your white port blended or unblended?

Quinta Nova Vintage Port 2013, Portugal (N/A in the UK) Has the heady aromas of a port quinta at vintage time, but while the essence of blackberry essence and liquorice ooze from the glass, I miss the perfumed notes, and there’s also a slightly green edge to the tannin. Good […]

Quinta Nova Vintage Port 2013, Portugal

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port, Douro Portugal (£15.70 Planet of the Grapes, New Street Wine Shop, Cambridge Wines) Gentle, soft, juicy style, round and mellow with a wealth of plummy berry and damson flavour and warming spirit giving it some fire in its belly. Maybe a touch simple but very […]

Fortified wines – Port & Madeira

Niepoort The Senior Tawny Port (£18.99 Lea and Sandeman, Bottle Apostle, Butlers Wine Cellar, Duncan Murray) Hovering at a very attractive stage between freshness and maturity, this combines lively fresh red berry flavours with more relaxed caramel, raisin, walnut and mellow old wood characters. Very tasty S(-) Taylor’s 10 Year […]

Wine Tasting Video: Five Tawny Ports