Rather belated return to this…
We were pretty impressed with the Cava. Had a lovely almond biscuit texture along with the apple notes. Good value.
Of the whites TWS Exhibition Gewürztraminer was the clear favourite. Beautifully rounded, rich, stone fruit and floral notes. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink.
We decanted the Crozes-Hermitage early doors based on @Taffy-on-Tour ‘s comments. Another stunning value wine. Couldn’t describe it any better than our own Mr Rhône has elsewhere!
The Dow’s crusted port also outstanding. Cork disintegrated as @Kent_wino also mentioned somewhere on here. We decanted a good 8-10 hours in advance and found it was drinking wonderfully. Sweet fruit, chocolate, tobacco and no noticeable alcohol edge to the palate at all. No obvious mad rush to drink it.
Overall a great weekend with old friends.