Port in Any Storm tasting – February 20, 2015

Six great ports were available for our tasting.  All were well received and as usual our customers said that if they were to be stuck in a storm they would choose Fonseca Panascal 2001 and the Messias Colheita 1965 for their lifeboat.  Thanks to all that attended.


Taylor Fladgate White Port
The team behind the Taylor’s Port house are pioneers of this exciting style, having introduced it in 1934. It is made in exactly the same way as conventional Port, but with white grapes rather than red. As the name suggests, it has a drier, fruity taste, and is best served chilled.

Fonseca LBV 2008
Established in 1822, The Fonseca Guimaraens house style is one of richness and warmth, with a lush fruit intensity and a structure of both dimension and finesse. Late Bottled Vintage wines are aged in cask for between four to six years before bottling. They are wines from a stated vintage, but produced every year, unlike Vintage Port which is produced only in “declared” vintage years

Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 2001
91 points from Wine Enthusiast! The review: “”A strong candidate for Port of the vintage. Fonseca’s 2001 Quinta do Panascal boasts a nose filled with rich dense, brooding fruit. Blackberries and plums rush the palate; it’s lush and fruity, yet given on the finish.” Purchased by Fonseca in 1978, “Quinta do Panascal is now Fonseca’s flagship estate,” according to the renowned Port house’s website.

Sandeman 10 yr. Tawny
Sandeman was established in 1790 were the first port producer to brand their casks with their name.  The intense red tawny colour with shades of brick, typical of this style of aged yet youthful wine, anticipates the elegant and complex aroma, combining ripe fruit, jam and nuts, with hints of vanilla and raisins.

Caves Messias Colheita 1995
Founded in 1926 by Messiah Baptist Caves Messiah have produced and marketed wines from the main regions of Portugal including the Douro. The date of the colheita was the year the tawny port was harvested.  This product was taken from the barrels and bottled in 2014.

Caves Messias Colheita 1965
Founded in 1926 by Messiah Baptist Caves Messiah have produced and marketed wines from the main regions of Portugal including the Douro. The date of the colheita  was the year the tawny port was harvested, 1965.  This product was taken from the barrels and bottled in 2014.

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