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by winesecretary
21:48 Sun 28 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1588
Views: 378956

Re: Latest buy

After a recent deeply pleasurable bottle, and since the comparative tasting that would allow me to acquire the breadth of knowledge of the vintage that I really need to buy more widely has been moved to 2022, I bought Lay & Wheeler's last four bottles of the Vesuvio 1992 to keep me going...
by winesecretary
15:02 Fri 26 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: UK available 40 year old tawnies
Replies: 9
Views: 274

UK available 40 year old tawnies

On Wednesday's call idj commented that there weren't that many UK-available 40 year old tawnies. An idle lunchtime of googling this week proves him right. Even with the aid of others I can only find 11 currently available in UK (1-11 below). There are another 25 of which I am now aware which are ava...
by winesecretary
00:25 Fri 26 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Vesuvio
Replies: 0
Views: 92

1992 Vesuvio

Popped, decanted, and poured. 90% opaque red juice. Cool nose of mint and black cherries. Broad but not fleshy red fruit palate slowly darkening and with marmalade and a hint of prune late. Balance is fabulous, that sweet-but-not-sweet balance so well held. Still a bit warm on the late mid-palate (i...
by winesecretary
13:23 Thu 25 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Physical Tastings
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: 2021 Physical Tastings

I have contacted the B&F and requested the Red Room for Thursday 10th June (tentatively, for the TTF) and Wednesday 23rd June (tentatively, for the 1980).
by winesecretary
13:09 Thu 25 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wed 06 April 2022, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F
Replies: 48
Views: 21904

Re: Tue 12 May 2020, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F

Works for me. I still have all four of the wines I have proffered.
by winesecretary
19:02 Sat 20 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 384

Re: Cloudwater

Given the positioning, any coffee notes?
by winesecretary
18:29 Sun 14 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5057

Re: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Somewhat in the vein of WS1, I shall be drinking ChAA 1998 on Wednesday 24th. Couldn't locate my case of 2000 VP in the limited time available to me before travelling back to town today. #firstworldproblems
by winesecretary
11:54 Fri 12 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wanted Thread
Replies: 82
Views: 25770

Re: Wanted Thread

It was 400 for a case of six! In which case the Farr Vintners price is market rate. You can occasionally snag the minor 83s and 85s for 400/dozen all in at auction though.
by winesecretary
15:47 Wed 10 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February
Replies: 44
Views: 2144

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February

@rich_n - I would say definitely decant a 2005 a day ahead. I'll be decanting the 1991 TV this evening.

Looking forward to it.
by winesecretary
13:42 Wed 10 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel
Replies: 16
Views: 1814

Re: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel

I am on holiday this week so there has been more wine, I am happy to report. - Musar 2002 - in half - delicious even with only a two hour decant - if not quite with the strength of the 1999 - and a bargain 14 quid a half from Waitrose Cellar Online - Bourgogne Cotes Chalonnaise 2017, Champs de Themi...
by winesecretary
18:46 Tue 09 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 4
Views: 3867

Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

@Screagle - no, not a Wine Society retailed bottle. But I am guessing that if one is dumb then absent usual bottle variation they are all dumb. For drinking now, try the Offley or the Warre - both delicious.
by winesecretary
21:56 Mon 08 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Offley Boa Vista
Replies: 0
Views: 345

1983 Offley Boa Vista

The first of a case of 12, this one condemned because of a slightly raised cork. Cork extracted whole and without fuss with Durand. Wine in splendid condition. + 4 hrs Deep red, 70% opaque. In the mouth young and vigorous, black-cherry led, seemingly barely mature, quite warm on the finish. + 28 hou...
by winesecretary
23:48 Tue 02 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5057

Re: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

I pray that we may all one day have cellars like WS1's where the experience of finding a bottle of Churchill '85 is 'Not the bt I was looking to find but at least something'. What a lovely, lovely phrase. And a lovely, lovely cellar. Up there as a TPF classic for me with 'We drank half a case of Fon...
by winesecretary
19:06 Mon 01 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1976 Graham Malvedos
Replies: 0
Views: 367

1976 Graham Malvedos

Bottle in excellent condition, level well into neck, no signs of seep. + 30 mins. Largely orange wine, good legs. Odd slightly acrid nose. Even sluicing it though the teeth it's hard to find much fruit. Some Sevile orange. Nuts and heat on the short dry finish. +20 hours. Nose even more acrid than y...
by winesecretary
16:44 Sun 31 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1588
Views: 378956

Re: Latest buy

@ Christopher - Ah, I wondered who was going to pick those up. Well done. New bottler to me.
by winesecretary
14:16 Fri 29 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February
Replies: 44
Views: 2144

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February

Possibly Panascal 2001 in half, but may not be able to resist the siren call of the Vargellas 91. It's so lovely at the moment with a decent decant.
by winesecretary
23:32 Wed 27 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 435

1983 Warre

Cork disintegrated during extraction even with a Durand - my fourth failure in five years of use. Does not bode well. Port, however, a nice red colour, 55% opaque. + 2 hours Very heavy tobacco scent on the nose, I would have thought it was Fonseca. But, not on the palate which had the characteristic...
by winesecretary
20:04 Tue 26 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel
Replies: 16
Views: 1814

Re: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel

Recent vinous highlights - 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 'Les Marchais', Domaine Audiffred - weightless expression of the village, the kind of wine that reminds me why I have spent such terrifying amounts of money pursuing burgundian highs over the past 25 years- and almost convinces me it's worth carrying...
by winesecretary
23:38 Sun 24 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 218
Views: 80271

Re: Pointless Statistics

@ JacobH - the port one doesn't own: good question! To which each of us will have a unique answer. Because, depending on which way you slice and dice it, we all have gaps. For example I: - have a specific list of ports (6) of which I own none but think I ought to own a reasonable amount (say a half ...
by winesecretary
00:27 Thu 21 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Missing you (why no kissy face emoji permitted?)
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: Missing you (why no kissy face emoji permitted?)

Plus, when we can, and as prefigured in one of CD's previous threads: trip to Bern's by TPF.
by winesecretary
13:13 Tue 19 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tastings - Planner
Replies: 11
Views: 975

Re: 2021 Virtual Tastings - Planner

@ rich_n - I like "Crusted" as a theme, good thinking.
@ nac - perhaps a "Colheita" theme for one of them?
by winesecretary
23:36 Mon 18 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 686

2001 Taylor Vargellas

From bottle. +90 minutes This is a bit disappointing. Under-decanting mutes what little there is of the body to it. Hot. Left, without much hope, in a bottle in the 'fridge. +24 hours Aha! There's something there. Cherries and marzipan on nose. Light fruity port palate, with only playful references ...
by winesecretary
23:00 Sun 17 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5057

Re: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

If I can access them I have ChAA 98 plus VPs from 82, 85 and 00. If you haven't had the latter, in particular, you really ought to try it. Logistics may be tight but family needs probably require me to do a vulnerable-parent-caring week from 8 Feb in any case so possible. Will report back. @nac - pl...