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by SushiNorth
02:10 Sun 03 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status

DrewD83 wrote:
11:42 Thu 31 Oct 2019
Which houses would you recommend for the ‘85 vintage?
Dow, Graham, Fonseca, Churchill. I've also enjoyed Croft, but others haven't enjoyed it as much. Warre and Taylor fell flat for me.
by SushiNorth
02:07 Tue 22 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status

I'm still annoyed that I bought a bunch of 2009 I don't know why - be patient (or at least, tell your offspring to be patient). I think 2009 will have an exceptional reputation when adjoining vintages start to fade.. Oh don't get me wrong, I'm always happy I bought Port, i just wish I'd bought MORE...
by SushiNorth
16:41 Mon 21 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status

When speaking to collectors about older ports, I am very bullish on 80's and 85's however rarely do i recommend them as a vintage. Instead, I recommend very specific houses. Based on that, your rankings Tom make sense because they rely on consistency across the vintage, not just "great ports." I'm s...
by SushiNorth
15:52 Fri 11 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Dow's 1977
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Dow's 1977

As a precaution, i would advise fwd'ing to me all D77, or if the concern is great all '77s, as I'm rather insensitive to TCA. This will ensure that your wine is properly cared for and enjoyed thereby fulfilling its raison d'etre. This is a free, charitable service -- let no Port go unappreciated. :)
by SushiNorth
20:35 Tue 24 Sep 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Acquiring young vintage port
Replies: 8
Views: 946

Re: Acquiring young vintage port

Congratulations on building up your Port cellar :) I'm betting there'll be a fire-sale on 2016's soon with the 2017's hitting the shelves (I'm headed out to get some 2017 tonight actually). You should find that your local stores are starting to stock it, and wine-searcher can guide you to them. Euro...
by SushiNorth
23:08 Sun 15 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 2015

Re: Cockburns 1878

by SushiNorth
04:22 Sun 15 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 2015

Re: Cockburns 1878

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 that bears it. a good spot, I don't see any either when I look around for bottles with that label design. That suggests the label was...
by SushiNorth
19:28 Fri 13 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 2015

Re: Cockburns 1878

I did a bit of searching for images of old Cockburn, and in particular this one came up: http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2121 While that style label seems to have been in vogue from the 20's-60's, you'll notice the older bottles there don't have it. So it was either released mid century ...
by SushiNorth
19:31 Thu 22 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Boot & Flogger Update
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Re: Boot & Flogger Update

If only this focus on Port happened five yrs ago when i was living only blocks from there. Now a puddle is back in the way.
by SushiNorth
22:21 Tue 13 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Douro Boys Cuvee Vintage Port 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: Douro Boys Cuvee Vintage Port 2017

So... followup auction in the US?
by SushiNorth
18:12 Wed 24 Jul 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 9
Views: 1463

Re: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

I agree with Andy on this, as I'm familiar with the wine and wouldn't put money on Graham 77 rather than Graham 80 or 85 (or even 83). For the right price, i'd be interested in cellar defenders (low cost port that I drink before the high cost port). All that said, it makes folks like me poor candida...
by SushiNorth
15:59 Fri 19 Jul 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 9
Views: 1463

Re: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

Have you opened the case to assess their condition? Are there any signs of leakage, are any of the selo tags (the white tags that emerge from under the black capsule) showing red stains? Have they been in the house since they were purchased, and were they stored by the furnace or somewhere cooler? D...
by SushiNorth
19:47 Tue 11 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 3263

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

.... Also no Gould Campbell and no Smith Woodhouse, but for other (more dire) reasons. The no Gould Campbell was certainly an other more dire reason. Smith Woodhouse not so dire I thought - that brand still lives on in the SFE portfolio. They made a SW16 so hopefully you are correct. FWIW GC also s...
by SushiNorth
13:52 Wed 29 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 3524

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

Wasn't Prohibition 1920-1933? So this wouldn't have been imported then, and the labeling just doesn't strike me as "of the era." That said, maybe worth picking up and NY/NJ crew adds it as an oddity to the next gathering?

EJINPA -- where in PA? I'm in NJ.
by SushiNorth
11:52 Mon 25 Mar 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Delaforce 1980 & Grahams 1983 cases for sale [with pics]
Replies: 6
Views: 2036

Re: Delaforce 1980 & Grahams 1983 cases for sale [with pics]

Given the honest disclosure of storage, you may have a challenging time selling the wine, and probably for good reason (nobody likes to open a bottle and find it spoilt). What you could fetch for the wine is significantly depreciated as a result. Unless, it's not spoilt. Might I suggest finding a re...
by SushiNorth
15:20 Tue 05 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 2
Views: 718

Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

just a few notes: Smith Woodhouse VP 1994 half bottle unfiltered pop and pour: Black fruits and chocolate, good mouthfeel, needs a lot longer.
by SushiNorth
15:18 Tue 05 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: Portal 10 Yr Old Aged White Port
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Portal 10 Yr Old Aged White Port

Portal's 10 Yr Old Aged White Port is a lovely easy-drinker. Pale caramel color with a candied nose, good caramel, toasted marshmallow, and oak flavor. Fruit is nondescript but present, the tail is long, and the alcohol is balanced against the sugars to avoid the long burn. 92. Tasted during the Ves...
by SushiNorth
23:38 Mon 04 Mar 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Wed 1 March 2019 - The Eastern seaboard Vesuvio Box tasting
Replies: 5
Views: 2043

Re: Wed 1 March 2019 - The Eastern seaboard Vesuvio Box tasting

Overall, I quite enjoyed the opportunity to try a range of maturing Quinta do Vesuvios, but also learned that I don't appreciate their flavor profile. I like the black pepper, licorice, and tobacco flavors when they emerge, and enjoyed the occasional surprising nose, but overall i found them too har...
by SushiNorth
23:33 Mon 04 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: 1997 Vesuvio

Vesuvio 1997's nose some of the smokey interest of its 91 uncle, but in the mouth it switches nicely to pepper and cherries. It's still pretty tightly wound, and that makes for a harsher flavor. Has the Vesuvio "bite." Overall it's just too young, could use at least another 5 years. 92.
by SushiNorth
23:30 Mon 04 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1996 Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: 1996 Vesuvio

Vesuvio 1996 is a bit green in the nose, but spicy and with a distinct cinammon note. In the mouth, there's smoke, black pepper, and a little bit of rooty flavor, with a fruit base that isn't as dominating as its peers. 92.
by SushiNorth
23:27 Mon 04 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: 1995 Vesuvio

Vesuvio 1995 was green on the nose (and this one had bottlestink at opening), but in the mouth it was Nice -- not blown away, it was musty early then the fruit came forward as the must faded. Again it has the Vesuvio "bite". 90.

(I liked the 92 & 96 better)
by SushiNorth
23:24 Mon 04 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: 1994 Vesuvio

Vesuvio 1994 starts with a tight, closed nose, and is likewise spciy and closed in the mouth. But it has excellent mouthfeel, the tannins are still working their way into the wine, and there's a solid fruit foundation. Overall, very good balance and even progression -- while I enjoyed it as "one of ...
by SushiNorth
23:20 Mon 04 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: 1992 Vesuvio

Vesuvio 1992 comes in with a huge black pepper nose (though this bottle started with a lot of bottle stink), in the mouth that carries through to black pepper and spices, and a clear note of tobacco, on a backdrop of dark fruits. The vesuvio "bite" is present but not overwhelming. 92.
by SushiNorth
23:16 Mon 04 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: 1991 Vesuvio

Fabulous nose on the Vesuvio 1991 -- smoke and vegetation and fruit, bold and intriguing. Shame that "fabulous" didn't carry through to the mouth, where it tastes like it smells: smoke, celery, red bell pepper and a bit of cherry. 92 for its nose, 88 overall.