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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 a mean. 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.

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:

28th November
Offley Boa Vista 1966
25th November
Edward Sheldon
Shipton-on-Stour 1934
Quinta do Noval 1934
18th November
Quinta do Portal 2009
16th November
Offley Boa Vista 1955
6th November
Blackett 2013
Cockburn 2015
Cottas 2012
Gould Campbell 2000
Graham- Malvedos 2004
Kopke 2002
Madalena
Smith- Woodhouse 1999
Maynard 2015
Niepoort 2009
Niepoort 2015
Palmer 2015
Quarles Harris 1977
Quinta do Bucheiro 2005
Quinta dos Canais
Cockburn 2010
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 2001
Quinta da Cavadinha
Warre 2006
Quinta de Ervamoira
Ramos Pinto 2009
Quinta da Gricha
Churchill 2007
Quinta do Infantado 1995
Quinta do Infantado 1999
Quinta do Infantado 2011
Quinta do Infantado 2013
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2004
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2007
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2009
Quinta do Retiro Novo
Wiese & Krohn 2011
Quinta da Romaneira 2003
Quinta da Romaneira 2004
Quinta da Romaneira 2005
Quinta da Romaneira 2007
Quinta da Romaneira 2008
Quinta da Romaneira 2015
Quinta de Roriz 2004
Quinta de la Rosa 2014
Quinta do Sexio
Sandeman 2013
Quinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow 2015
Real Velha 2003
Real Velha 2012
Rio Bom 2007
Sandeman 1975
Sandeman 1994
Smith Woodhouse 1980
Smith Woodhouse 2003
Vieira de Souza 2009
Vieira de Souza 2015
Vau
Sandeman 1997
Warre 2000
Wiese & Krohn 2007

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