Est. 2011

How to understand our points valuations

The points we give depend on many things such as mood, the company tasting with, if tasted on a wine tasting or at a dinner with good friends and excellent food, and many other things. If we have tasted the wine more than once we give a range with the lowest and highest point and if we have tasted the wine three times or more also an average. However, if we have tasted it 5 times the lowest and highest values are not included (i.e.20%), which means that only 3 values are included, and if we have tasted the wine 10 times or more 20 % of the lowest and highest values are excluded, leaving 80% of the values. We also report the number of defect bottles for each vintage but the points when the bottle is defect is excluded.

We always taste our wines blind but when drinking within the family one of us of course know which wine we taste.

With friends and in wine clubs we do not know if it is port or anything else we taste.

In the Danish Port Wine Club we know which house we shall taste but not in which glass (i.e. semi-blind tasting).

At the Wine Society 18% we know that the wine we taste has at least 18% alcohol but we do not know what kind of wine we drink so it is always blind tastings except when we have a Great Tasting (these are semi-blind).

At the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen we know what the houses are serving in the glass so it is not blind. On the other hand we do not give any points at all when we taste Port which are 4 years or younger after the vintage which is often the case at the Festival.

We use the 20 points judgement but give half points and even + (i.e. 0.25 points) and – (i.e. 0.10 points less). This means that we have 37 values between 14 and 20 points (the normal range we use for decent Vintage Port) to compare with for example Suckling who has only 31 points between 70-100 points (the normal range he use for Vintage Ports). This means that you have to multiply our points with 5 to get the 100 points scale.

Our points are always set based on how the bottle is the day it is tasted, not giving any points for the future. This means that 15 points on a bottle which is immature/young is worth much more because it will probably develop more and give more points in future than 15 points on a mature wine that has already reached its peak.

Since Vintage Port needs time to develop and it often takes some years before stabilized on bottle, they are not really drinking very well when younger than five years. Because of this, we decided to not set any points for the wines when they are so young. Instead we give a rank to indicate the quality, we use the following: Good – Very Good – Impressive – Very Impressive.

However, drink vintage port and just love it. Points are not so important even if it is fun. Sten remember when he was quite new in the Port Wine Club and a Danish Wine merchant invited the Club to a totally blind tasting. First they tasted Dow 1963, Croft 1963, Quinta do Noval Nacionale 1962, Graham 1948. Sten gave Graham 1948 20 points. After that they had Cockburn 1927. He said it should have maybe more than 20 points but let it be 20 points. Then came Quinta do Noval Nacionale 1963. Well this was heaven - and it got 22 point on a 20 points judgement. That’s life - and a wonderful life it is!

Translation of our points to 100 points scale

We are using 20 points in our tastings. Our translation is not inflation in points nowadays used.
>74 Below Average >13
75-79 Average 13-14
80-84 Good 14-15
85-87 Very Good 15-16
88-90 Very fine indeed 16-17
91-93 Excellent 17-18
94-96 Outstanding 18-19
97-100 Classic 19-20

Last tasted:

16th March
Quinta de Terra Feita
Taylor 2008
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 2008
9th March
Graham 1985
7th March
Graham 1997
2nd March
Blackett 2013
Borges & Irmao 1995
Borges & Irmao 2004
Borges & Irmao 2005
Bulas 2015
Burmester 2016
Cockburn 1967
DR 2016
Gould Campbell 1985
Graham- Malvedos 2005
Kopke 2004
Kopke 2016
Smith- Woodhouse 1998
Martha’s 2016
Maynard 2016
Maynard (organic) 2016
Pocas Jr 1970
Pocas Jr 2013
Portal 1999
Portal 2007
Portal 2016
Quarles Harris 1977
Quevedo 2016
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 2015
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 2004
Quinta do Javali 2016
Quinta das Lamelas 2016
Quinta dos Muros
Portal 2013
Quinta do Pego 2016
Quinta do Pego 2017
Quinta do Portal 2008
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2007
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2011
Quinta da Romaneira 2005
Quinta da Romaneira 2008
Quinta da Romaneira 2015
Quinta da Romaneira 2016
Quinta de la Rosa 2012
Quinta de la Rosa 2016
Quinta de Santa Eufemia 2014
Quinta de Santa Eufemia 2015
Quinta de Santa Eufemia 2016
Quinta do Sexio
Sandeman 2015
Quinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow 1999
Quinta das Tecedeiras 2014
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1995
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1998
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 2005
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 2012
Quinta de Ventezelo 2012
Quinta do Vesuvio 2012
Rebello Valente
Robertson 1975
Rio Bom 2000
Sandeman 1980
Sandeman 2000
Sandeman 2016
San Leonardo 2015
Smith Woodhouse 2016
Vasques de Carvalho 2016
Sandeman 1999
Vieira de Sousa 2016
Warre 1980
Wiese & Krohn 2007
Wiese & Krohn 2016


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