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by winesecretary
19:47 Mon 14 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 31
Views: 2553

Re: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F

@ AHB - Thank you, that should allow enough standing time!
@ Christopher - Second reserve, pencil it in your diary...
by winesecretary
17:10 Mon 14 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Informal pre-Christmas tasting
Replies: 10
Views: 184

Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

I confirm that I was suggesting AHB's preferred "a Port which cost you less than £25" and was very carefully not suggesting "a Port which cost less than £25 to buy in 2019". Albeit I obscured my intention by immediately mentioning that I have four candidates that fit either interpretation. Like AHB ...
by winesecretary
23:04 Sun 13 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Marks & Spencer
Replies: 0
Views: 62

2011 Marks & Spencer

95% opaque, red rim. White pepper and aniseed on the nose. Palate as though a summer fruit compote has been poached in an oak bowl- there's fruit, but there are also very obvious mouth-drying tannins. Long, warm, finish with a late burst of blackberry to give it interest.
by winesecretary
21:36 Sun 13 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Informal pre-Christmas tasting
Replies: 10
Views: 184

Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

My port-drinking for the week of the 9th will be on Monday 9th, for the 1991 horizontal. But I would be up for something in the week of the 16th. 'A port that cost you less than £25' could be a theme. Just on what I have purchased in the past month I would have four options for that immediately to h...
by winesecretary
21:49 Fri 11 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1150
Views: 224198

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Warre Quinta da Cavadinha 2004 now 'on offer' at £24.99 in Waitrose. Seems a lot after the £10 bottles of the 2001 we all hoovered up in M&S but in truth it's not a bad price for a SQVP that's starting to drink. Plus, Offley pink for £9.99 for those that like such things...
by winesecretary
14:36 Fri 11 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1150
Views: 224198

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Another 10 x 2011 (or, to use JDAW's deliciously archaic notation, 1200/- worth; I say archaic because the book suggests 8 year old vintage port could be had this cheap as late as 1983) acquired this lunchtime from Marble Arch; this included four from a stand next to the cheese aisle, which I hadn't...
by winesecretary
20:45 Wed 09 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1150
Views: 224198

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Magnums not on the shelves in Finsbury Square or Pantheon stores. My trawls were not in the least a waste of time, however, since the latter did (note past tense) have six bottles of 2007 vintage and three bottles of 2011 vintage, all of which still scanned at £6...
by winesecretary
15:48 Tue 08 Oct 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Mon 7th Oct 2019 - bring a bottle to the Boot & Flogger
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: Mon 7th Oct 2019 - bring a bottle to the Boot & Flogger

Great port consumed with great people. May I add my thanks for making my guest so welcome - she had a jolly good time and reports "feeling surprisingly okay today"
by winesecretary
19:34 Sun 06 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Gould Campbell
Replies: 0
Views: 124

1980 Gould Campbell

A half bottle popped, decanted, and poured impromptu after lunch. A dark pink, 40% opaque. Quite a subdued nose, but rich and sweet in the mouth with a good note of fig mid-palate. In half, fully mature and very pleasant, but not port of the top rank. Tasted 06/10/19.
by winesecretary
19:27 Sun 06 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Sandeman
Replies: 0
Views: 63

1963 Sandeman

Oporto bottled. A pale red, 25% opaque. The most splendid palate of rose hip syrup, luscious and long. This is a port that I have found 'travels' very badly after decanting; this, my last of a half-case bought at auction a decade ago, was super. Decanted 3 hours and consumed, within 1 hour thereafte...
by winesecretary
19:20 Sun 06 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Cockburn
Replies: 0
Views: 63

1963 Cockburn

An example with high fill, English - bottled by Peatling and Cawdron. Still a rich ruby red, 60% opaque. A hint of ripe black fruit on the nose promised much but, alas, the wine was utterly spoiled by VA- possibly the worst-affected bottle of port I have ever opened; spit-it-out-into-the-fireplace b...
by winesecretary
18:04 Thu 03 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale at auction
Replies: 347
Views: 62249

Re: Port for sale at auction

Lot 775 in the sale at Bellmans on 15-17 October is an Oporto-bottled Taylor's 1963, which the label says was bottled in 1966 in Oporto. This bottling is new to me. https://www.bellmans.co.uk/sales/sussex ... w-lot/775/
by winesecretary
20:32 Tue 01 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 7th October - Bring a bottle
Replies: 17
Views: 657

Re: Monday 7th October - Bring a bottle

My guest's initials are OJW. She would like burrata on toast; and a medium rare sirloin with salad.
by winesecretary
16:36 Tue 01 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Standard Food Order
Replies: 28
Views: 11734

Re: The Standard Food Order

Due to updates, please can my standard food choices be updated to

Starter: burrata on toast
Main: sirloin, medium, gratin potatoes, plus a side salad.
Pudding: no pudding
by winesecretary
22:43 Mon 30 Sep 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1966s, Tue 10 Sept 2019, B&F
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: 1966s, Tue 10 Sept 2019, B&F

What gorgeous-coloured wines... I am desperately sorry to have had to miss it.
by winesecretary
22:10 Mon 30 Sep 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 7th October - Bring a bottle
Replies: 17
Views: 657

Re: Monday 7th October?

Yes please; with guest; each of us equipped with a bottle of Port.
by winesecretary
19:30 Wed 25 Sep 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Warre Quinta da Cavadinha
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Re: 2001 Warre Quinta da Cavadinha

The greater part of the same bottle re-tasted after being open for a couple of days (refrigerated for most of that time in a half litre bottle): if anything slightly darker; more pronounced mint on the nose; a new and attractive note of poached figs on the mid palate; some black cherry now showing u...
by winesecretary
00:14 Tue 24 Sep 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Warre Quinta da Cavadinha
Replies: 1
Views: 201

2001 Warre Quinta da Cavadinha

Bottled 2003. 80% opaque, dark red wine. Mint and spice and, after a while, summer pudding with cream on the nose. Red currant on the mid palate, spice and some warm Panda liquorice on the medium-length finish. It's too soft to make old bones, but it is admirable wine for drinking over the next five...
by winesecretary
16:22 Sun 22 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 1301

Re: Cockburns 1878

I am sorry; I was guilty of jumping to a conclusion. I look forward to Axel's comments with much interest.
by winesecretary
12:17 Sun 22 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 1301

Re: Cockburns 1878

@ PhilW - Thank you, I hadn't thought to look through the VPID before posting. I have now looked at the photos, and consulted The Book; I am not substantially more quiet in my mind about the 1878 as a result. The photo of the 1917 in the Addendum to The Book bears the same error, I presume that's th...
by winesecretary
23:40 Sat 21 Sep 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1150
Views: 224198

Re: Port for sale by retailer

The restocking is both increasingly limited and increasingly idiosyncratic; the rewards are getting thinner but, I hope, so am I; today's reward, for about twelve miles of walking between central London M&S branches, was two bottles of the 2011 vintage @ £6 each (and 5 halves of excellent Lustau-mad...
by winesecretary
19:03 Fri 20 Sep 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 187

1992 Fonseca

A half bottle decanted 12 hours before tasting. Glossy dark wine with a splendid rich mid-palate, more black forest gateau than the usual dark fruits. Finish perhaps a touch shorter than perfection would demand, but this is nevertheless very good wine. From 375 this wine is fully ready to drink, but...
by winesecretary
22:11 Tue 17 Sep 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1150
Views: 224198

Re: Port for sale by retailer

For those that have not already filled their racks, there has been some limited restocking of the M&S 2007. I was trudging home along Oxford Street this evening, exhausted after a dispiriting meeting in the West End, and thought I would pop into the Pantheon store again just in case. I was not so ex...
by winesecretary
19:27 Sat 14 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 1301

Re: Cockburns 1878

My apologies for interpolating an ampersand in an incorrect place. I should not draft posts from a mobile device with a small screen. My point is that there is no 'apostrophe s' to be found in "Cockburn Smithes" I have never before seen a bottle that made this error. So, I am suspicious of a bottle ...
by winesecretary
19:06 Sat 14 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 1301

Re: Cockburns 1878

Without reference to the book, review of photos in which will probably resolve this point, I think the label is slightly unlikely. The company was never called Cockburn's & Smithes Ca Lda. The company was however for a time called Cockburn Smithes Ca Lda. Even assuming an English bottling I find it ...