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February 11, 2007

Blended Madeira wines


3 YO Madeira Blends

Delaforce Good Rich
Bottle:
Miniature bottle, small stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine with tawny rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Subdued roasted aromas, caramel.
Palate:
Medium sweetness with good backing acidity, some toffee and caramel notes.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Dona Mecia Sweet, Barbeito
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with JNV paper seal, small moist cork, foil cap.
Color:
Mahogany, greenish rim.
Nose:
Lots of VA, burnt coffee.
Palate:
Sweet, some acidity, spirity, smoky finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

East India Madeira, Fine Rich, Vinhos Justino Henriques
Color:
Iodine with tawny rim.
Nose:
Caramell, harmonious, ginger cake.
Palate:
Medium sweetness, fruity, with only little acidity, nice caramell, short but harmonious finish. Quite good for a three year old blend.
Footnote:
Tasted 2/2007.

Espinheiro Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Mahogany, iodine rim, some sediment.
Nose:
No VA, sudued, some toffee.
Palate:
Off dry, toffee, toasted bread, short finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Flagman's Rich Old
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Bright iodine, greenish rim.
Nose:
No VA, vegetable soup flavor, mushrooms.
Palate:
Medium sweetness, low acidity, toffee, caramel, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Izidro L Doce, CVM
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with IVM paper seal, small stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine, tawny rim, lots of sediment.
Nose:
Some VA, sudued, caramel.
Palate:
Sweetness, some acidity, quite raw, some toffee, short and sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Izidro M Meio Doce, CVM
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with IVM papaer seal, small stopper cork with foil cap.
Color:
Medium iodine with tawny rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Some VA, and... nothing.
Palate:
Medium sweet, spirity, sharp acidity, toffee, medium long sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Izidro S Seco, CVM
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with IVM paper seal, small stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine, tawny rim, lots of sediment.
Nose:
Lots of VA, onions, unpleasant cooked vegetable smell.
Palate:
Faded, dried out, some acidity, decayed.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Kopke Good Rich Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Dark iodine with tawny rim, some sediment.
Nose:
No VA, candied orange peel, vegetable soup flavor.
Palate:
Off dry, spirity, raw, toffee, coffee, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Pries Scholtz Camara De Lobos Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with screwcap.
Color:
Bright tawny with orange rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Lots of VA, toffee.
Palate:
Off dry, raw, toffee, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Roz├Ęs Rainwater Madeira
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with wicker cap and short stopper cork.
Color:
Iodine, tawny rim.
Nose:
Lots of VA, toffee, caramel.
Palate:
Off dry, toffee, caramel, short and bitter finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Unknown Shipper
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with very old JNV paper seal, small stopper cork.
Color:
Dark iodine, orange rim, lots of sediment.
Nose:
Some VA, burnt coffee, caramel.
Palate:
Some sweetness, good acidity, caramel, toffee, a little spirity, short and sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

V8 Seco, Barbeito
Bottle:
Miniature bottle with JNV paper seal and small but moist cork with foil cap.
Color:
Muddy iodine with orange rim, some sediment.
Nose:
Disgusting smell of cooked vegetables and some caramel.
Palate:
Some sweetness, medium acidity, toffee, short and sweet finish.
Footnote:
Tasted 3/2007.

Madeira Blends Of Unknown Age

Flagmans V. O. Reserve Special Old Verdelho
Bottle:
Unusual bottle shape like the German "Bocksbeutel" bottles, short cork, sealed with wax cover with nice grape imprint. Imported by Eggers und Franke.
Color:
Bright tawny, yellowish rim.
Nose:
Forthcoming bouquet with lots of volatile acidity but very pleasant, toffee, burnt coffee, beef buillon, soy sauce.
Palate:
Medium sweetness with good acidity, ginger cake, harmonious fruit, then intense beef buillon again, almost with a salty impression, leading to a soft and pleasant finish of medium length. Surely blended, with some depth and very well done.
Footnote:
Bought at auction, no longer commercially available, tasted 3/2007

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