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by AHB
13:35 Fri 19 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Castelinho
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: 1999 Castelinho

A wonderful tasting note! Thank you for taking the time to write such an entertaining insight into your shared opinions of the wine.
by AHB
12:26 Thu 18 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Computer tasting notes - IBM electronic tongue
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: Computer tasting notes - IBM electronic tongue

I once invested in a start-up company that was making an electronic nose, but had no idea that anyone was working on an electronic tongue but I guess the technology is more or less the same.

Interesting article.
by AHB
06:57 Thu 18 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

Last night I opened a bottle of Terra Prima I’ve owned for about 4 years. It’s really benefitted from the time in bottle and is smoother and more rounded than previous bottles which I’ve bought and opened. It’s not bad and would make an excellent and inexpensive cellar defender.
by AHB
19:52 Wed 17 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in movies, dramas and tv series
Replies: 10
Views: 3609

Re: Port in movies, dramas and tv series

In the 1946 film, Send for Paul Temple, 1 hour and 10 minutes into the film the criminal gang about to be apprehended by Paul Temple and the police are meeting in an abandoned pub called the First Penguin. On the table is a bottle of Port. The quality of the film is too poor to be able to read the l...
by AHB
10:42 Tue 16 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An Oddity
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: An Oddity

It's always fun to look at pictures of old Port bottles. Please don't be shy about posting.

But I do know what you mean about the broad arrowhead symbol.
by AHB
10:39 Tue 16 Jul 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Large Format Niepoort 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 121

Large Format Niepoort 2017

I learned yesterday that Niepoort bottled their 2017 Vintage Port in 37.5cl, 75cl, 150cl, 300cl and 500cl bottles.

If anyone is interested in any of the larger formats, please let me know sooner rather than later.
by AHB
13:07 Fri 12 Jul 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1991 Horizontal Tasting - Monday 9th December 2019 - B&F
Replies: 22
Views: 536

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

In my email I promised I would let you know what I had from 1991.

Reasonably accessible I have Gould Campbell, Morgan, Vesuvio and Warre.

Let me know which of these you'd prefer me to contribute.
by AHB
22:20 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wanted: 2005s VP
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Wanted: 2005s VP

Sorry, I don't have a clue where to get any of these.
by AHB
22:18 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

My go to cellar defender, whether one to open myself or one to recommend others to buy, is the Sandeman LBV. This is readily available at around £15 per bottle, less if on sale, and drinks reasonably well now but will be much better in 20 years. But I also love Will's approach. Privately purchased 1...
by AHB
22:11 Wed 10 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Congratulations Tony!
Replies: 8
Views: 390

Congratulations Tony!

Those of you on the mailing list of Vintage Wine & Port will have seen the email this evening saying that Vintage Wine & Port was yesterday named 2019 Fortified Merchant of the Year by the International Wine Challenge. Huge congratulations to all of the team at VW&P, past and present. Well deserved ...
by AHB
23:11 Thu 04 Jul 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9540
Views: 474845

Re: One quiz at a time

Phil’s not wrong. I was looking at the general declaration vintages as they approached their centenary and that gave me the sequence.

Doff hat to Phil for getting it.
by AHB
23:08 Thu 04 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

Cellar defenders are usually quite cheap bottles, especially if bought opportunistically - for example, during a “buy 6 bottles and get 25% off” deal. £25-35 is substantially more than I would look to spend on them. I’d recommend the good LBVs as cellar defenders. These will age well for up to 20-30...
by AHB
13:09 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9540
Views: 474845

Re: One quiz at a time

I'll give a clue. The next number is 111.

Any ideas why?
by AHB
12:59 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1708

Re: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019

Richard Mayson has posted his tasting notes of the 2017 Vintage Ports on his website.

Julia Harding has also published hers, but I am not a subscriber to Purple Pages so can't read her article.
by AHB
13:39 Mon 01 Jul 2019
Forum: Travel
Topic: First visit to Porto
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: First visit to Porto

Dave, I like Graham (at the top of the hill, but great views and a great tour, plus the opportunity to buy a glass of the Vintage Port of the Day), Sandeman, Ferreira and Ramos Pinto tours. None are particularly touristy, but all are guided so you do get escorted round to a schedule. Graham, possibl...
by AHB
17:58 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1708

Re: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019

I didn't taste the 1970s when they were first released, and don't really remember reading the impressions of the critics who did. However, I do have some notes from people who tasted the 1963 vintage when first released. These were widely applauded as being full of fruit and likely to be ready early...
by AHB
17:45 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quevedo
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: 2017 Quevedo

This was the other bottle I took home after the tasting. Drunk chilled from the fridge on a day when the air temperature has dropped to about 27C, this is showing remarkably well (4 days after the tasting at the Boot & Flogger). The chill has dampened the nose, but has not eliminated the grape and b...
by AHB
17:15 Sat 29 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Pintas
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: 2017 Pintas

2 days after the tasting at the Boot & Flogger, I was able to try this again. Smooth, with fabulous velvet fruit, deeper and more luscious than the Quevedo also drunk at the same time. Tremendous layers of flavour lying over the top of big, bold tannins. Long, long finish. This is a great Port. 94-9...
by AHB
14:13 Fri 28 Jun 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1708

Re: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019

My experience of Port tasted on release only goes back to 1994, but my experience of older Port goes back further. It’s my belief that longevity in Port comes from the acidity in the wine. This is what appears to be keeping wines alive and fresh when old Port is being drunk. I thought that many of t...
by AHB
20:34 Wed 26 Jun 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1708

Re: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019

I'm so glad a took a couple of the unfinished bottles home with me. I've been in the office all day remembering the taste of the 2017 vintage ports and had some of the Quevedo to accompany my jacket potato and bolognaise this evening. An excellent combination - but not really quenching my thirst for...
by AHB
12:58 Wed 26 Jun 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1708

Re: 2017s, B&F, Tue 25 June 2019

I’ve had some news from Quinta do Vallado shared with me. At our tasting, we had two bottles of 2017 Vintage Port from Vallado – a classic Vintage and an Adelaide Vintage. The news I have had shared with me is that Vallado make only one Vintage Port, which was labelled as Quinta do Vallado Vintage P...
by AHB
23:28 Tue 25 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Churchill
Replies: 3
Views: 639

Re: 2017 Churchill

Medium red in colour with baked red fruit on the nose. Neutral on the palate at first, this develops gentle fruit and soft tannins. The fruit is juicy and fresh and delivers a lovely palate, elegant and refined. Soft and juicy on the finish with plenty of fruit. This is an elegant and fresh Vintage ...
by AHB
23:24 Tue 25 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 La Rosa
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: 2017 La Rosa

Mid red colour with a pronounced nose offering lots of cranberry and slightly unripe redcurrant. A little neutral on entry, this Port really gets into gear on the mid-palate where the elegant and lively fruit is backed by modest tannins and fabulous acidity. This is a lovely Port, fragrant and elega...
by AHB
23:21 Tue 25 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quevedo
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: 2017 Quevedo

Deep red, limited nose of red liquorice. Concentrated fruit on the palate, with ripe black cherries and tannins which grip firmly. The tannins are huge on the mid-palate. Air works a wonderful fragrance out of the fruit but highlights the massive grip in this wine. The acidity shows up on the aftert...
by AHB
23:01 Tue 25 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Vieira de Sousa
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: 2017 Vieira de Sousa

Another deep crimson coloured wine. Fragrant on the nose with a perfume of green flowers rather than fruit. Soft fruit on the palate and a generous dose of tannins grow to give a wonderful melange of fruit on the mid-palate. The lingering finish is of the apricot fruit and is fabulous. This Port has...