Category Archives: 10-30 fortified

Hooper’s Vintage Port 1985

Hooper’s Vintage Port, DOC Porto (covers the same region as DOC Douro), Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal, 1985 This wine: lot No. L-4336, a blend of the port varieties, which may include touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta barroca, tinto cao, tinta … Continue reading

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Cave de Rasteau VDN 2007

Cave de Rasteau, Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau (Ambre), AOC Rasteau, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France, 2007 On Rasteau VDNs There are 11 variants of this VDN, all based on grenache. This variety is bush pruned, and thrives on the south-facing dry … Continue reading

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Allegria Manzanilla NV

Williams & Humbert, Allegria, Manzanilla Superior, DO Manzanilla-Sanlucar de Barrameda, Jerez, Spain, NV This wine: lot No. LX27B, varietal palomino fino, agglomerate cork stopper, 37.5cl, 15% abv, widely available, £5.50 (11/17) Consumer tasting note: a typical lemon hued manzanilla from … Continue reading

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Martinez Marsala NV

Martinez, Marsala Superiore Reserva, Dolce, DOC Marsala, NV, Sicily, Italy On marsala There is a bewildering (for the consumer) range of styles, and ageing requirements [1]: fine – minimum 1 year, including 8 months in barrel superiore – minimum 2 … Continue reading

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Croft 10 y.o. Tawny Port NV

Croft, 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal This wine: a blend of the port varieties, which may include touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta barroca, tinto cao, tinta roriz; bottled 2015, natural cork stopper, 20% abv, widely available, ~£20 (02/16) Consumer … Continue reading

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Williams and Humbert PX Solera

Williams & Humbert, Very Sweet Pedro Ximenez, DO Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain, NV Pedro ximenez production Commonly abbreviated to PX, pedro ximenez is famously used to produce luscious naturally sweet wine, but also at the other of … Continue reading

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Delicado Amontillado 12yo

Bodega Gonzalez Byass, Delicado 12 y.o. Amontillado, Jerez, Andalucia, Spain, NV An amontillado is the result of two successive ageing processes, both in solera – firstly biological as a fino under flor, then oxidatively in oak. It normally starts life … Continue reading

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