Today was an absolutely fantastic Friday hosting at the City Club by @Dan Fitzgerald. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. Great job Dan!
On a night where the whites and reds were all 99-100 pointers, this stole the show. Jaw dropping in terms of how light, yet youthful, this was. Most guessed this was an ‘80s port. Astounding shaved dark cocoa, blackberry infused fig bar and raspberry liqueur spread over old graham cracker notes. It was floral but also dense. Fantastic. — 4 hours ago
My friend Mike Kush is the winemaker of this Portuguese field blend and I love its weight, texture and flavor profile. Three indigenous grapes...Mike says the lady who owned the vineyard is well into her 80’s and claimed the vines were producing when she was a little girl. Almond, pear and green stone fruit notes with an almost oily mouthfeel. Floral notes become broader as the wine warms. Great accompaniment to anything Mediterranean. I know he makes less than 100 cases, so hard to find. Mike works half a year in NZ and half a year in Portugal and just took 2nd year MW exams and has forgotten more about wine than I’ve learned in 30 years. — 17 days ago
Wednesday Wine Committee hosted by Dan. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. Tasted blind as usual.
Not as sweet as Graham’s. New producer to me. I guessed early-mid ‘90s port. More overripe fruit (blueberry, blackberry jam, cherry liqueur), and less graham cracker/cocoa notes than others. Seemed both young and old. Still ascending. — a month ago
Porto is so out of fashion. I have no idea why since a number of highly rated “dry” wines carry substantial residual sweetness. Fashion is fashion. Hipsters will find this soon enough. 1977 was a time with Port if not in its heyday it was certainly much more highly regarded. This is just sensational. A fortified wine of great depth and dimension. — 2 days ago
One of the very few bottles brought back from Portugal 5 years ago. Amazingly fresh. Caramel, honeydew, raisin, toffee, hint of cigar, mint, and roasted nuts. Perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. Full but not thick, voluptuous yet sublime.
I hope to take my 3rd trip to Portugal in the not too distant future. — a month ago
Wednesday Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. Blind as usual.
With how youthful this was, I was surprised not only at the amount of sediment I had, but the size of the flakes! Because of that, I went the LBV route. Cran-raisins, creamy espresso, stewed raspberries and blackberries, baked graham cracker cherry pie and very small traces of heat. — 8 days ago
Smooth, not too sweet. Compliment to curry dish — 14 days ago