Port City Brewing Company

Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah 2013

Shay A
9.4

I’m between a 94 and 95 here. I think this is slightly better than the 2010 I opened two years ago in that this showed more classical funk and savory notes.

I gave this an hour of slow ox and then decanted another 2+hrs. At pop and pour, not very expressive. Even after the hour of being open in the bottle it made such a difference and then absolutely exploded in the decanter. Floral, violets, potpourri, herbal spice, stemmy underripe black fruits all on the nose. Gained a touch of Syrah funk the longer it was open but stayed more between the fruit and stem inclusion side instead of going full on iron/smoked meat. So much up front fruit on the palate before a wall of mineral hits and takes everything down the mid palate on a wild ride. Peppercorn crusted black cherries, dark red and black berries, underripe red plum and really nice acidity to give it a nervy type profile. Alongside the 2014 Horsepower Tribe Syrah, this was more a caged animal yet still retained a wild factor. Then again, most wines are tame compared to Horsepower (just give them time...I’ve experienced how incredible they can be with age)!
— 8 days ago

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Jan A

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Had the 2008 last year, kept evolving and needed several hours. My last glass was the best
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : nice notes Shay. How much life do you feel this wine has?
Shay A

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@Jason and Jennie : Would love to go there!

@Jan A : Haven’t had the 2008, but both the 2010 and 2013 certainly benefitted from extended decants, even though their profiles are a bit different.

@Bryan Kesting : Plenty! I’d say it’s likely hanging in this drinking window another 5+ years before the fruit starts fading more to the background and the required decant time drops closer to pop and pour.

Quinta do Mourão

Porto S. Leonardo Very Old White Port Blend

Mike R
9.4

One of the best dessert wines I have tried — 3 days ago

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Bindi

Quartz Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2011

Pale Lemon in colour. Barrel ferment characters. Oak is there on the medium minus intensity palate but perfectly integrated. From the poor 2011 vintage everywhere in Australia except the Hunter Valley and Western Australia. The wine is restrained, fine and delicate - good citrus notes on the light to medium weight palate with medium citric acid. A perfect example of why I think Chardonnay is better with oak treatment rather than unoaked. It is required and completes the picture as long as it doesn’t dominate. This is a great effort considering the vintage. — 14 days ago

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Port City Brewing Company

Hazy IPA

Andrew Holod
9.1

Port City Hazy IPA.
Pours a deep gold w craggy head, though not that hazy unleas you twirl the bottle first. Classic tropical/guava aromas, balanced bitterness and satisfying malty palate.
— 11 days ago

Barros

20 Year Old Tawny Porto 1913

Enjoyed over a week. Delicate palate, great depth & complexity. Drier than most—really lovely work. — 8 days ago

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Yarra Yering

Underhill Shiraz 2012

Initially reductive with aromas of H2S which blew off. Vegetal stalky notes with red fruits. A medium weight palate with a little raspberry and those whole bunch stalky notes. Needed a little more mid palate fruit. In the elegant style - I have had better examples of Underhill. — 9 days ago

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Yes it was a sad day when Dr Bailey Carrodus, the founder and winemaker of YY passed away. He was a brilliant viticulturalist (nobody had better kept vines) and learnt to become an equally brilliant winemaker. I met him once at the winery and spoke to him a couple of times on the phone. Somewhat of an eccentric - he never entered his wines in Royal Shows which is the usual pathway for recognition for Aussie wineries. I have a few bottles left of the 2008 Dry Red No. 1 which turned out to be his last vintage. These days the winemaker is the highly talented Sarah Crowe who was Winemaker of the year in Oz a few years ago. My gripe is the prices have gone up markedly under the new owners. The Underhill I had was $92. There is a new super premium range now called YY Carrodus honouring the good doctor and starting at $250 per bottle.
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@Bob McDonald, pricing is a major constraint for me now., too. Underhill is well north of $150 USD. Far beyond my pain-threshold now.
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@Ron R $150USD is worth around $176.50AUD so that is a large mark up. Too dear IMO.

By Farr

GC Cote Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

For me this is a astonishing wine, this is pure elegance and quality! The winemaker has done a awesome job, this is burgundy style Chardonnay from the highest level! A Lafon nose and great balanced wine! Love it! — 14 days ago

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Yarra Yering

Dry Red N°1 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

I have had this wine for a period of time and have been interested in opening it for some time. This is ths 2010 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 9% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot from Yarra Valley Australia.

On the nose there are strong notes of black cherry, blackberry, heavy licorice, tar, tobacco, black pepper, green bell pepper, leather and dark rich earth.

On the palate there are good expressive notes of black cherry, blackberry, black plum, green bell pepper, tar, black currant and earth.

The wine is full bodied with a smooth velvety mouthfeel, medium to medium+ acidity and medium to medium+ fine tannins with a medium to long black fruit tar finish. A beautiful bottle of wine with many years of life left. Continue having a wonderful week and make the remainder prosperous. Stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 11 days ago

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Circe

Chardonnay 2019

It needs to get closer to room temperature to express itself at best
It has a cashew butter feel to start then it shifts on to turmeric, pencil lead and wet stones
And just after you start feeling the variety of fruits such as melon, grapefruit, peach, litchee, mango, lowquats and apricots. Hints of ginger and nutmeg. Quite long and persuasive
— 14 days ago

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Yabby Lake Vineyard

Single Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2015

Mid Ruby in colour. Red fruits of cherry and strawberry with a bit of whole bunch influence on the nose. The palate showing savoury red fruits but also a little sweetness. Certainly a good future in front of it - I should try the next one in 1 to 2 years time. Tom Carson has probably never made a bad wine in his life and he has a great terroir to work with when he is not in demand for judging at Royal Shows. — 20 days ago

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