Monthly Archives: April 2014

Cálem – Late bottled vintage 2007

GS6A1791From left to right: LBV2007, LBV1997, 20 year Tawny and Fine Ruby.

To learn more about Cálem, read my article from visiting the wine producer: Visiting Calem in Porto

I tasted this late bottled vintage 2007 port at Cálem in Porto, Portugal.

Colour is a deep purple that could go right into black.

The aroma have a weak fruit to it.

The taste is dry with a fresh fruit to it. A weak dried fruit to the after taste, no other notes to it. It needs more time on the bottle. Cálem LBV wines are semi filtered so it can age and will get better with time.

Overall rating 84 / 100

Cálem – Late bottled vintage 1997

GS6A1791From left to right: LBV2007, LBV1997, 20 year Tawny and Fine Ruby.

To learn more about Cálem, read my article from visiting the wine producer: Visiting Calem in Porto

I tasted this late bottled vintage 1997 port at Cálem in Porto, Portugal.

Colour is a deep red with brown notes to it.

The aroma is a good dried fruits.

The taste is sweet with a long after taste of dried fruit and a subtle oak.

Overall rating 87 / 100

Dow – Porto Vintage 1986 Quinta do Bomfim

GS6A2621

Decanted at ten in the morning on Christmas day, the last centimetre of the bottle was residue.

Taste notes just after decanting.

A dark rose with brown notes in the colour.

A subtle fruit to the nose with a dominating alcohol.

Some tannin, very soft, very sweet and goes straight to a sweet overdose after taste of dried fruits. Seems a bit out of balance with the tannin.

Taste notes 8 hours after decanting.

The taste seems to be more in balance between tannin, hotness and sweetness than right after decanting.

Taste notes 1,5 days after decanting.

The dried fruit in the taste comes at once and the hotness takes over for a little while and a lovely long after taste of dried fruits follows.

Taste notes 2,5 days after decanting.

Aroma is no longer dominated by the alcohol but shares it evenly with the fruit.

Dried fruits, some tannin, hotness and then the dried fruits after taste, the wine does not seem to change much since 8 hours after decanting.

 

Overall rating 88 / 100