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

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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

 

Cálem – 20 Years Old Tawny Port

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 20 year old tawny port at Cálem in Porto, Portugal.

Colour is compromised of brown notes that places it just out of the red scale.

The aroma is characterized by fig and alcohol.

The taste starts out with a sharp alcohol that very fast goes into dried fruits taste that ends up with some caramel in the after taste.

Overall rating 89 / 100

Cálem – Porto Fine Ruby

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 3 to 4 year old ruby port at Cálem in Porto, Portugal.

Colour is deep red with a hint of purple to it.

The alcohol dominates the fruit in the aroma.

The taste starts out with a sharp tannin and alcohol that goes into a weak fruit and some raisin in the after taste. A cheap and reasonable wine but not much of an experience.

Overall rating 84 / 100

Schlenherla Rauchweizen

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Schlenherla is located in Bamberg, Germany. The Schlenherla tavern is mentioned in scarce from 1405 to 1615. The building was destroyed in the 30 year war (1618-1648). The brewery with name as it is known today can be dated back to 1678. Through the years various owners was in possession of the brewery and today it is in the hands of the Graser family.

I bought this beer in a local beer shop in Berlin, Germany at the price of 2,75 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,2%.

The colour is brown and it is unfiltered.

The head is relatively small and disappears fast.

The aroma comes off with the smoke and a hint of fruit.

The smoked malt really dominates the taste, smoke is dominating the fruit and the after taste is a gentle smoke too, the CO2 is good.

This beer really reminds me of sitting in a pub, having some beers and smoked sausages on the side, a real pleasant memory and this beer got me real hungry.

Overall rating 82 / 100