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by Andy Velebil
00:06 Mon 18 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered

If you have a cold that is affecting your smell, that means it is also affecting your taste. Not an ideal time to taste any wine or to write one off.
by Andy Velebil
02:22 Sat 16 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Offley Colheita Port
Replies: 0
Views: 116

2000 Offley Colheita Port

Bottled 2019. I opened this yesterday so the note is a combo of both days. Still a rather youthful red hue. Soft rhubarb nose. Rather sweet intially followed by a wace of spirit and cherries then a good dose of menthol. Still some slight tannins that show up late on a rather clipped finish. A pleasa...
by Andy Velebil
04:04 Fri 08 Nov 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Niepoort´s port 1957 for sell
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Niepoort´s port 1957 for sell

Hello and welcome. I’ve no interest in this bottle, but I’ll make a helpful observation. The prices you’ve quoted are the optimistic prices at which some wine merchants hope to sell. Which can be far above any measure of a fair achievable price. Which, for this, I’d expect to be high double-digits....
by Andy Velebil
00:40 Tue 05 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store
Replies: 12
Views: 1417

Re: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store

Thanks Andy. It's more than a bit confusing when different people give quite different scores. Specially since this bottle is going to be ageed for 30 years, and to me as port novice it's hard to figure out what port will age well. Though I think I have understood the concept of bottle ageeing, Im ...
by Andy Velebil
10:03 Mon 04 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store
Replies: 12
Views: 1417

Re: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store

2015, 2016 and 2017 are generally declared years. 2016 is the weakest of the three. Take that, and some of what's on the internet, with a grain of salt regarding the VP's from 2016. While 2016 is now being compared to the other two, by itself it produced some wonderful Ports. I agree with AHB, Croft...
by Andy Velebil
09:06 Wed 23 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Organising Your Port
Replies: 32
Views: 3102

Re: Organising Your Port

akzy wrote:
18:16 Tue 22 Oct 2019
I'm rebooting this thread as I've started to lose track of what I have and I only have ~20 bottles of Port. Any new methods being used?

Slightly separate to this, I'm going to have to buy more storage - looking around the ~£1000 mark - suggestions?
Cellartracker.com is still the best IMO.
by Andy Velebil
14:40 Sat 12 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Marks & Spencer
Replies: 4
Views: 640

Re: 2011 Marks & Spencer

Pedantic. Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers-Vinhos S.A.
by Andy Velebil
23:41 Thu 10 Oct 2019
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Portalegre Branco
Replies: 1
Views: 928

2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Portalegre Branco

2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Portalegre - Portugal, Alentejano, Alentejo, Portalegre (10/10/2019) This is a new wine from the Symington Family (of the Port fame) and from their newly purchased property in the Portalegre subregion of Alentejo. Had this for lunch, pop and pour, and was immediately take...
by Andy Velebil
22:31 Thu 10 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Dow's 1977
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Re: Dow's 1977

'77 Dow's does have a high TCA rate from the corks. As to buying it, that's a personal decision based on the risks you're willing to accept. FWIW, I don't buy much from that vintage anymore as it's not only Dow's that has issues with TCA, or bottle variation, from the poor quality corks. A real sham...
by Andy Velebil
14:53 Thu 03 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Acquiring young vintage port
Replies: 8
Views: 987

Re: Acquiring young vintage port

Hello all What is the best way to acquire some of the recent 2017 vintage port here in the Midwestern US(Des Moines, IA) ? I just won a variety of about 112 bottles from the most recent Heritage Auction that's from the 70s to the 90s but would love to get some younger stuff I can age. Thanks! Chase...
by Andy Velebil
19:09 Sat 14 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 2087

Cockburns 1878

Without reference to the book, review of photos in which will probably resolve this point, I think the label is slightly unlikely. The company was never called Cockburn's & Smithes Ca Lda. The company was however for a time called Cockburn Smithes Ca Lda. Even assuming an English bottling I find it...
by Andy Velebil
17:24 Fri 13 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 2087

Re: Cockburns 1878

i saw it in a Portuguese website that usually people sell Ports. I asked him about the bottle history and price but he didn't answaer me yet. That appears to be a somewhat recent release in the past couple decades. Having been in their old cellar some years ago, prior to being bought by Symington's...
by Andy Velebil
12:56 Fri 13 Sep 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns 1878
Replies: 18
Views: 2087

Re: Cockburns 1878

Where did you see it at? What’s the owner saying as the story of it?
by Andy Velebil
21:23 Thu 12 Sep 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 128
Views: 13776

Re: The Five Word Novel

multiple generations in the Douro
by Andy Velebil
01:15 Sat 24 Aug 2019
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Prager (Napa "port style" wine)
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: Prager (Napa "port style" wine)

I haven't been in many many years, but glad to hear it's still a unique place. They do make one port out of traditional Port grapes that's pretty darn good. I can't recall the name, was it the Royal Escort you mentioned?

However, all their ports are crazy expensive compared to top end VP's.
by Andy Velebil
21:40 Sun 11 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sandeman signature vintage character port
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: Sandeman signature vintage character port

It was bottled sometime around the early to mid 1990's. As mentioned, worth basically nothing.
by Andy Velebil
21:37 Sun 11 Aug 2019
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1998 Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
Replies: 0
Views: 843

1998 Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa

It's been close to a decade since I've last had this and when I saw it in the cellar decided it was time to check in on it. Took to dinner with friends to pair with an amazing 41 ounce 45-day dry aged Porterhouse. Wine was decanted about 3 hours before consuming. This has really lightened up on the ...
by Andy Velebil
13:29 Tue 06 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)
Replies: 20
Views: 2920

Re: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

The last one I opened was a 1963 Warre's VP just over a week ago. Granted, it was not my bottle but I did open it, decant it and then drink some of it. Does that count?
by Andy Velebil
15:33 Mon 29 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 120
Views: 66791

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

1964 Taylor’s Single Harvest Tawny was horribly corked this weekend [emoji22]
by Andy Velebil
10:16 Wed 24 Jul 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 9
Views: 1519

Re: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

In the US, 1977 Graham's is available for $105 from The Chicago Wine Company and for only slightly more than that from 3 more reputable sources. So I think your $125 retail estimate is on the high side. That said, Phil's estimate of 50-60% of retail is more appropriate in the UK than in the US. Her...
by Andy Velebil
14:04 Sat 13 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An Oddity
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Re: An Oddity

What makes you think it’s a 1960?
by Andy Velebil
20:27 Fri 05 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 2465

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

Here's my take on CD'ers. I break them down into a couple of categories; Inexpensive deals for everyday drinking without thinking. These are under $20/bottle and are usually LBV's, Ruby Reserves, younger Tawny's and the like. More mature VP, not for everyday drinking but not for special occasions. O...
by Andy Velebil
10:48 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Noval 63 Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1270

Re: Noval 63 Question

The white part was often used to put importer's/distributor's/bottler's info there. No clue as to why some have it and some don't.

They also used that white part to put Nacional and other verbiage there.
by Andy Velebil
09:49 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Vallado Adelaide
Replies: 3
Views: 1218

Re: 2017 Vallado Adelaide

I do believe the "Adelaide" on this needs to be removed. http://theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12913