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by JacobH
13:10 Thu 24 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 8882

Re: 2018 Declarations

I hadn’t noticed before how declarations by smaller producers dribble out throughout the year. It seems to me that they are missing a bit of a trick here, publicity wise, since the wine press only really covers Port in April and at a Christmas. If it’s not possible to get the declarations out early ...
by JacobH
20:13 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Foot treading and the plague

I’ve been surprised at the number of mechanical lagars I’ve seen pictures of posted on FB and Instagram. Wineries I had no idea were equipped with mechanical treaders. I wonder if they have been able to kit them out over the last six months? Or were just very good at hiding the mechanical parts sin...
by JacobH
19:50 Sat 19 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Brand Styles
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Brand Styles

I think the question of style is a really interesting one. A few general observations: A lot of the discussion about “style” is dominated by a discussion of Vintage Port. Unlike most other wines, this is not produced every year and has an almost infinite maturity period. With a very few exceptions—S...
by JacobH
17:32 Wed 16 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Foot treading and the plague

In an article rather curiously entitled “ No foot-treading for Fladgate this year it has been announced that TFP are not foot treading this year. Apparently, that will mean there will be no wines produced at vineyards which don’t have mechanical equipment, most notably Quinta do Panascal. Adrian Bri...
by JacobH
11:52 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: Vintage 2020

A few more temperature charts from the (presumably private) weather station at Quinta do Bomfin. July: hot; August: a bit of a mixture, with some hot patches and the rest average; September: hot, again.
by JacobH
09:43 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

For a time the Symington's (and other producers) used the plastic foil first. IIRC, it was mainly for the bottles stored in-house for later release. I can only assume to help keep the top of the corks clean until time to apply a proper foil. To my knowledge the Sym's and most other producers have s...
by JacobH
18:58 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Warre's Otima
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: Warre's Otima

I've never seen them for sale. I only came across them when I was looking at the Warre website for the non-filtered LBV (which I've also never seen for sale!). I did wonder initially if they are phasing out all non-Otima tawny ports but I don't think that can be the case looking at the dates on the ...
by JacobH
22:25 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: RE: Re: Cellar Defenders

Noval's two LBVs are clearly distinct, though, so easily separated for marketing purposes. IIRC the unfiltered is their "Single Quinta" LBV while the regular Noval is the filtered, but I may have that backwards. That's the right way round but I'm not sure calling one "Quinta do Noval" and the other...
by JacobH
21:01 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

Noval's two LBVs are clearly distinct, though, so easily separated for marketing purposes. IIRC the unfiltered is their "Single Quinta" LBV while the regular Noval is the filtered, but I may have that backwards. That's the right way round but I'm not sure calling one "Quinta do Noval" and the other...
by JacobH
15:43 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

Before reading this thread, I hadn’t realised that Warre’s made both a filtered and unfiltered LBV. I agree with Tom that that is quite confusing since I would always assume the Warre LBV was the premium product from Symington’s LBV range and be quite disappointed if I accidentally got the unfiltere...
by JacobH
16:55 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

Given that Graham is now the anointed crown jewel in the Symington stable, I do find it odd that the Graham LBV is still a low end filtered offering. Logic would suggest making Cockburn their supermarket volume brand, and elevate the Graham to a superior age-worthy wine. I thought Dow was regarded ...
by JacobH
11:40 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Billy Budd" – with Port labels
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: "Billy Budd" – with Port labels

That’s excellent! (Although I am not quite sure the state rooms on an 18th Century warship had quite as much headroom as is depicted!).

For those unfamiliar with the opera, the best* summary is provided by Book a Minute Classics.

[* In terms of density of summation.]
by JacobH
11:34 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Travel
Topic: Yet another Porto travel thread
Replies: 0
Views: 487

Yet another Porto travel thread

After the endless to-ing and fro-ing about air corridors to Portugal, we have decided it is probably safe enough to try a little trip to Porto next week. The plan is slightly different from normal: a weekend break in the Yeatman, followed by renting an apartment in Bolhão to take advantage of the wo...
by JacobH
12:05 Mon 07 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

I'm not at all sure when the term 'Vintage Character' was first used. The term is used in some invoices sent to Sir Winston Churchill 1936–’38 ( † , ‡ ), copies of which are exhibited in the Graham’s Lodge. (These documents were unknown to the Symingtons until my letter of 22nd November 2009: house...
by JacobH
11:57 Mon 07 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1490
Views: 286357

Re: Latest buy

Do you think the guarantee is still valid? [Edit: sorry- missed the question! “Old Port” usually means a tawny of some description and I wonder if it might be a better quality one considering the addition of the word “choice”. I wonder if the three stars were a Fonseca logo during this period or, in...
by JacobH
11:56 Mon 07 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: Vintage 2020

Symington Family Estates on Twitter wrote:It has been very hot since the rain on 17th August. The grapes are in decent condition but yields are going to be on the low side this year due to the high temps.
I suppose that that might not be the worst thing to happen considering the logistical issues with picking / treading in the pandemic.
by JacobH
19:24 Sat 05 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Taylor LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 102

2015 Taylor LBV

I opened this following the discussion of “ Cellar Defenders " since I realised I don’t drink as much Taylor LBV as I thought I did! Notes: Filtered. No bottling date but I assume 2019. Fairly solid red throughout. Dark but never quite opaque. Nose is good. Concentrated fruit with some grapes. Like ...
by JacobH
22:56 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

Niepoort with their Fahblehauf (spelling?) series of dry wines (all the same juice) and Quinta d. Mourao who also sells the same port under the names Rio Bom and S. Leonardo in diff markets. Does Dalva still use Presidential in the US, too? Another one for the list. Possibly a closer approximation ...
by JacobH
22:54 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quevedo 10YO Tawny (bottled 2007)
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: NV Quevedo 10YO Tawny (bottled 2007)

Forgive the world’s most drawn-out tasting note but, finishing the decanter tonight, it has fallen to bits and is not nearly as enjoyable as 48 hours ago. I often drink a bottle of Port over a week and so am quite used to them being past their prime by the time I finish them but the decline here is ...
by JacobH
22:36 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

I am sure it was quite a complex mess but it must have been capable of being unpicked in the past, so why not today. For example, in that Croft advert, they sold four types of white port, identically described. The only difference was price. I presume the more expensive ones were not just prying on ...
by JacobH
21:12 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

I'm not at all sure when the term 'Vintage Character' was first used. I am preserving a couple of good examples in the interests of posterity, since 99.9+% of it has now been drunk. That said, I'm not sure I've ever seen a Vintage Character bottle that clearly predated the arrival of the Taylor LBV...
by JacobH
17:48 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

As far as I can make out, the only thing Taylor invented was the idea of using a T-stopper on a premium quality ruby port. Everything else had been done before. However the mass marketing of the product did cause some upset at the time. Other producers felt they were exploiting and devaluing the wo...
by JacobH
16:34 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

I have many times over the past quarter-century or so encountered on Madeira absolutist statements by wine makers that, when challenged with documentary (or bottled) evidence to the contrary they row back from in a way that makes that clear that the absolutist statements were simplifications for th...
by JacobH
13:41 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

Almost all tawnies are produced and intended to be consumed within a few years of bottling. Sure you can age them a very long time. But you lose what the producer intended them to be like. If you want something that is flat and sweet, age then. If you want that crisp perceived acidity giving it a f...
by JacobH
11:48 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2247

Re: Cellar Defenders

If you'll forgive me for answering a question aimed at Tom, I think it can be quite beneficial in terms of softening and mellowing a young tawny. In some respects it's not dissimilar to a garrafeira- some time in casks and then some time in glass.