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by rich_n
18:57 Wed 18 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: 2015 LBV options

What's particularly amusing is that they've also reduced it down to 3 bottles as that's now the maximum number Asda will let you have of any one item. Maybe they're worried about panic buying of Port? Port is one thing I will never run out of :D The only time I've panic bought port is in the M&S £6...
by rich_n
17:01 Wed 18 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: 2015 LBV options

Asda website currently has a Cockburn LBV (no mention of the vintage however) for £10 per bottle (reduced from £13). A growing, and very annoying habit of the supermarkets is to assume that vintage dates don't matter. I mostly boycott those doing this.. I certainly have been put off buying online i...
by rich_n
16:35 Tue 10 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: RE: Re: 2015 LBV options

Asda website currently has a Cockburn LBV (no mention of the vintage however) for £10 per bottle (reduced from £13). A growing, and very annoying habit of the supermarkets is to assume that vintage dates don't matter. I mostly boycott those doing this.. I certainly have been put off buying online i...
by rich_n
12:48 Tue 10 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: RE: Re: 2015 LBV options

nac wrote:Asda website currently has a Cockburn LBV (no mention of the vintage however) for £10 per bottle (reduced from £13).
My local Asda is still selling off the 2014 stock.

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by rich_n
11:40 Tue 10 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 - any early hints on how it's shaping up?
Replies: 1
Views: 531

2018 - any early hints on how it's shaping up?

I'm sure I had read somewhere that 2018 was looking to be a good harvest for port, but after 2016 and 2017 there is no way it will be a widely declared vintage. I assume this means that there will be a fairly good chance of some excellent examples of SQVPs available. Does anyone have any early infor...
by rich_n
11:29 Tue 10 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: RE: Re: 2015 LBV options

The Sandeman LBV is my go-to LBV; it's easily available and extremely good value for money. If you can find them, I also recommend Quevedo, Offley and Ferreira. Warre and Smith Woodhouse will be held back for 8-10 years to be released with some bottle age — they will be worth seeking out in due cou...
by rich_n
11:21 Sun 08 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

Re: RE: Re: 2015 LBV options

uncle tom wrote:The Sandeman is now available, and showed very well when presented at the BFT last year.
Thanks, I'll have a look for it.

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by rich_n
01:12 Sun 08 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2344

2015 LBV options

I recently noticed that some 2015 LBVs are now gracing some supermarket shelves. Given 2015 was a rather good year for port wines, does anyone have any suggestions for specific wines that might be worth acquiring as cellar defenders?

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by rich_n
17:01 Fri 24 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Marks and Spencer
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: RE: Re: 2007 Marks and Spencer

Soft and delicious on all three occasions I have popped a cork... but I do decant it for 24 hours before starting on it, and I tasted a bottle in May which JDAW brought to a blind event which was more spirity. The 2011 is more aggressive and I am not planning to broach any more of [my embarrassingl...
by rich_n
11:50 Fri 24 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Marks and Spencer
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: 2007 Marks and Spencer

How did you find the spirit quality in this? I've had two bottles so far with quite variable quality; one was soft and delicious, the other had an aggressive spirit element that masked almost everything else.

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by rich_n
16:46 Thu 16 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1970 Horizontal - Tier 3 ports
Replies: 22
Views: 3821

Re: 1970 Horizontal - Tier 3 ports

I'm going to abstain from voting as I'll have to decide where I stay once I know the location of the tasting. I would be interested in taking part in all parts of this but don't want to sway the vote if I later find out I can only make it for the main part of the tasting in the end.
by rich_n
22:05 Tue 14 Jan 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Prime assortment for sale, auction or just a good home
Replies: 11
Views: 3668

Re: Prime assortment for sale, auction or just a good home

I have interest in this as I have no 80s port and I'm looking to acquire some. Happy to split with others if they are interested.

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by rich_n
22:08 Mon 30 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2011 Croft LBV advise
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

Re: 2011 Croft LBV advise

Thanks gents, that's helpful. I did wonder given the "unfiltered" labeling whether they are truly likely to improve but it sounds like they are best drunk now, maybe with one bottle saved to try in the far future. Alex, I'll happily take you up on that offer if I make a tasting in the near future. S...
by rich_n
19:25 Fri 27 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: (Cancelled) Emergency, Monday 30th December 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 2800

Re: Emergency, Monday 30th December 2019

I am back in Bristol and won't be back in the London area for a while I'm afraid.

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by rich_n
19:24 Fri 27 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2011 Croft LBV advise
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

2011 Croft LBV advise

I have a couple of bottles of the unfiltered 2011 Croft LBV, and I'm undecided whether to drink it sooner rather than later. I'd love to hear whether those more experienced would suggest to drink it sooner or leave it and see how it matures! Any thoughts?

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by rich_n
18:23 Thu 26 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Marks and Spencer
Replies: 1
Views: 978

Re: 2007 Marks and Spencer

24 hours later (post Christmas dinner)... The spirit element is now not nearly so dominant but the fruit has also faded a little. More red berries than plum, there is plenty of pepper and spice on the palate with some vanilla, chocolate and liquorice on the finish, which is sadly not very long. Much...
by rich_n
18:23 Thu 26 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Marks and Spencer
Replies: 1
Views: 978

2007 Marks and Spencer

Decanted 6 hours (Christmas Eve). Deep coloured, almost purple. Very spirit heavy nose, more so than the last bottle I opened. A little red fruit alongside that but mostly masked. Very heavy spirit on the palate with a lot of pepper heat, some dark chocolate and a mineral element. There's some plum ...
by rich_n
22:58 Mon 23 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2012 Taylor LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 1883

2012 Taylor LBV

Very deep colouring, almost purple, mostly opaque. Spirity nose with strawberries and some blackcurrant. Plenty of fruit on the palate, heavy on the plum but complimented by some lighter red berries. Spicy pepper and some smooth tannins with eucalyptus and liquorice provide a reasonable but not spec...
by rich_n
16:16 Sun 22 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Martinez
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: 1970 Martinez

George's bottle: Candy and light red fruit on the nose. Eucalyptus and tart berries on the palate. Liquorice in the back of the mouth and quite a spirity finish. V Good.
by rich_n
16:12 Sun 22 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Martinez
Replies: 2
Views: 602

1970 Martinez

An informal pre-Christmas tasting of ports with the theme "A bottle of port which cost you less than £25" at The Boot & Flogger , theme suggested by winesecretary and organised (with plenty of help from others) by richn . Links: Review of the event as a whole Tasting notes: 2001 Warre Quinta da Cava...
by rich_n
15:59 Sun 22 Dec 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: "A Bottle Of Port Which Cost You Less Than £25", 17th Dec, at the B&F
Replies: 2
Views: 2283

Re: "A Bottle Of Port Which Cost You Less Than £25", 17th Dec, at the B&F

Did anyone pick up the scoring sheets etc? I realised when I got back that I had left them on the table. If someone did collect them could they please share them here? (They may not be entirely legible, I did make a lot of mistakes as I was filling them out.
by rich_n
15:57 Sun 22 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 890

Re: 1997 Gould Campbell

Not a load of fruit the nose or the palate, eucalyptus and savoury flavours coming through. Quite tart. Medium pepper heat. Good.
by rich_n
15:57 Sun 22 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Butler Nephew
Replies: 2
Views: 819

Re: 1970 Butler Nephew

Mixed dark and red fruits on the nose. Red fruits with a silky smooth finish and lovely tannins. Very good.
by rich_n
15:56 Sun 22 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: 1994 Tesco

Plum fruits on the nose, quite sweet. Wonderful fruits led by the plum but with red fruits and chocolate. Enjoyable tannic structure. Excellent, my wine of the night.
by rich_n
15:56 Sun 22 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Dow
Replies: 2
Views: 783

Re: 1983 Dow

Not much on the nose. Soft fruits on the front of the palate. Quite tannic and rather peppery, enjoyably so. Good.