Est. 2011

Berry Bros

Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop in London for over 300 years. They have been bottling under their own name, so called B.O.B. (Buyers Owen Brand) labelling.

Berry Bros Vintages:1917, 1920, 1924, 1927, 1935, 1947 (Fonseca), 1955, 1960 (Rebello Valente), 1963 (Taylor), 1966 (Warre), 1970 (Warre), 1975 (Gould Campbell), 1977 (Quarles Harris), 1980 (Warre), 1983 (Warre), 1985 (Smith Woodhouse), 1991 (Smith Woodhouse), 1994 (Smith Woodhouse), 1997 (Warre), 2000 (Smith Woodhouse), 2003 (Quinta de la Rosa), 2007 (Graham), 2011 (Graham), 2016 (Symington)

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseBerry BrosVintage1947
ColourDark yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBoysenberry, dried fruit, melon, red and dark berry in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Boysenberry and some mushroom in the taste. Elegant, balanced, complex and very attractive port with a quite long finish. Very good indeed.Average score
Last tasted18th April 2013Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
This port was Fonseca and was given from the private cellar of Bruce Guimaraens to a member of the Wine Society 18%. It was bottled in London by Berry Bros.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBerry BrosVintage1970
ColourStill rather dark but yellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark chocolate, cacao, roasted coffee some herbs, nuts, fudge and quite a lot of other things in the nose.Score range16.90 - 16.90
TasteLovely body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and very elegant with a lovely, quite long and very attractive finish with never seem to end. A lovely and astonishing port indeed!Average score
Last tasted5th May 2024Point this date16.90
CommentTasted at home in 18th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.
This port is Warre 1970.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBerry BrosVintage1980
ColourFairly deep colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetRich plum and fruity nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Rather mature and developed port. Elegant. Some sweetness. Will be better but has an excellent finish.Average score
Last tasted28th April 1995Point this date15.25
CommentTasted at a visit in London.
This port is Warre 1980.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseBerry BrosVintage1983
ColourStill dark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berry and mulberry in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Elegant and with some sweetness. Rather mature but will improve a little. Complexity in the finish. Quite good.Average score
Last tasted14th April 2001Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.
This port is Warre 1983.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBerry BrosVintage1985
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature rim, quite beautiful colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetLiquorice, toffee, candy, dried fruit and old grocery shop in bouquet.Score range15.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Sweet and mature almost peaking. Will probably not be much better. Liquorice, toffee and dried fruit in flavour. Rather rich and complex port with a quite nice finish.Average score15.83
Last tasted17th September 2020Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This port is Smith-Woodhouse vintage 1985.

In 2020 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBerry BrosVintage1994
ColourYellow, mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berry and blue berry in bouquet.Score range
TasteMedium body. Quite mature. Dark berry and French plum in flavour. A rather short but nice finishAverage score
Last tasted24th December 2011Point this date14.90
CommentAt home with the family.
This port is Smith-Woodhouse 1994
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseBerry BrosVintage1997
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetRich, elegant complex nose of coffee, tea and chocolate.Score range
TasteFull-body. Sweet but still soft tannin. Complex. Excellent finish.Average score
Last tasted7th December 2007Point this date15.25
CommentIn Ireland on a holiday.
This port is Warre 1997.
HouseBerry BrosVintage2011
ColourDark ruby with just a hint of a mature yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetHerbs, wild flowers, sweet liquorice, candy, toffee and vanilla in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Body. Very easy to drink and enjoy already today which was surprising. Of course still some very elegant and very attractive round tannins. Balanced with lot of taste such as herbs, liquorice sweet candy and toffee. The finish is quite complex and long and very promising and attractive. Will be very interesting and exciting to follow.Average score
Last tasted28th March 2021Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home with the family and our German Port Wine Friends from World of Port.
This port is Graham 2011
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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Fonseca-Guimaraens 2012
5th May
Berry Bros 1970
Factory House 1977
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1976
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1978
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1988
Kopke 1974
Kopke 1989
Offley Boa Vista 1982
Osborne 1970
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Fonseca-Guimaraens 1984


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