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  • Hello, This is a valuable bottle. The Blandy's 1792 Solera is worth about 1200.00 or more. As long as the bottle is authentic then you are looking at at least that much but probably more. I believe Micheal Broadbent may have tasting notes on this o…
  • Hello, I have finished this bottleand I must say it was an atypical Malmsey. The acidity was crisply delineated throughout the bottle down to the last drop. The smokiness was not boldly present as was the sweetness one expects of a Malmsey. The hea…
  • As I pull the last drops from my glass I am sad that this wine was not at the Great Seattle Wine Tasting. Peter you would have been very impressed with this one. The bottom of the bottle is warmer now and very smooth. There is a depth to the palat…
  • Hello, Deeper into the bottle and still it has incredible depth. The wine is not thinning in character after being opened. Caramel aromas emanate from the glass. The acidity is much like that of bitter chocolate Thinking of the date of this wine I…
  • Sorry about the double post. Some more on this wine. After sitting opened but corked the wine has sweetenened somewhat. The smokiness is peaty. The body is full complex and a pleasure to explore. For a Northerner the only component lacking is the w…
  • Hello Sergio, The 1900 vintage was very good, according to the vintage records and other Madeira writers. I have not had the pleasure tasting any wines from this vintage. I recently finished the 1905 Verdelho mentioned in the previous post and it w…
  • Hello, This wine has been consistent throughout the bottle. It is bold, well constructed and full bodied. This 1937 Sercial will be a hundred year madeira for sure. It will take at least that long for it to develope some sublty. I am going to repla…
  • Hello, From the pictures I have seen of #57 I would say it bottled in the 1950's. Similar Blandy's labels appeared on the Grabham Collection bottles of 1875 and 1818, 1860 Bual, 1864 Bual and Sercial, and the 1870 Moscatel to name a few and bottled…
  • Hello, So deeper into the bottle, the fine high alcohols and florals have given way to dry heat. The smoked caramel is nicely bitter and complex. I am always intrigued by how Sercial can be so acidic and yet alluded to sweetness. This wine has very…
  • Hello, Down to the last glass and this bottle was terrific all the way. Very well integrated, so much so that it has been difficult to pull out the acidity and sweetness to analyse the components. As I mentioned the acidityt is more like acetic ac…
  • Dear Kito, Your wine is a rare Madeira. There appears to have been very little production of this variety. I would suggest you contact www.rarewineco.com. I have posted in the Madeira forum that these wines are getting very expensive and as in days…
  • Hello, Your wine should be very nice and delicious. Vintage Madeira is bottled after 20 or more years in the cask. I had had a bottle of 1870 Malmsey by this producer and it was OK. Probably bottled in the 50's or 60's. Try it you'll be surprised. …
  • Hello, More on this wine. It does not have the racey zing of a Sercial deeper in the bottle. I am inclined to say it is a Verdelho but I do not have much experience with Verdelhos. The nose is a muted caramel and the taste is very delicate and ghos…
  • Hello, The 1860 vintage was well represented in the Sercial grape by most of the well known producers. Bual by the Madeira Wine Association, Malmsey and Terrantez by lesser known producers and a 1860 Verdelho by the South Side Madeira Association. …
  • Silky cool, refreshing. That is how the lower depts of the bottle are evolving. The wine pours much darker now, but not turbid or murky. It is crystal clear majogany with a greenish rim. The forification is fading into the background as an understat…
  • Hello Madeira Drinkers, This wine is truly great. Smoooth, hot but not too hot, and mildly acidic but not bitter. Nicely smokey, it smells old. The nose is still strong. I love the smell as I pull the cork out. Again it reminds me of something, lik…
  • I have finnished the bottle. I must say that as the bottle depleted, so did the strength of the nose and flavour of the wine. I found that the most complex elements were found in the top of the bottle. The wine was never disagreeable. It was jus…
  • Dear Mr Weeks, There is a very interesting book Phylloxera by Christy Campbell on the devastation caused by the American vine louse Phylloxera. Early American growers found that vines imported from Europe usually died within a couple of years in Am…
  • Dear Scott, From Madeira by Alex Liddell: Artur de Barros e Sousa This small firm came into being at the instigation of Dr Pedro Jose Lomelino (1864-1930). Dr Lomelino amassed a sizeable collection of good madeira wine and started the shipping comp…
  • Hi Steve, Try wine-searcher.com, or the Rare Wine Company. I would suggest you try the Historic Madeira series bottled by Barbeito for The Rare Wine Co. They run about 40.00 us each. Bual, Malmsey and Sercial all are excellent value and great taste…