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by Andy Velebil
20:09 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 12
Views: 678

Re: Foot treading and the plague

And also seeing one or two people treading in a lagar wearing hip waders.
by Andy Velebil
14:43 Tue 15 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

Had a late work change. Can someone send me an invite. I should be able to join for a bit.
by Andy Velebil
13:47 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

This thread has gone all over... Has anyone bought what was intended to be a cellar defender then gotten them home, opened one and then went, “Shoot, this is way better than I thought and too young to drink right now.”? I recently bought, cheaply at auction, a case of ‘95 Cavadinha to use as a house...
by Andy Velebil
04:26 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 Vintage Ports from Sogrape - Tasting Notes
Replies: 0
Views: 169

2018 Vintage Ports from Sogrape - Tasting Notes

2018 VINTAGE PORTS FROM SOGRAPE I’ve already covered the growing season in a previous post, so will skip that and cut right to the chase. As with the others, these were tasted non-blind over three days. Sometimes more than once per day during that time. I did draw numbers, so the order tasted (Ferr...
by Andy Velebil
23:11 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 86457

Re: Port House abbreviations

The odds of many TN's of this rare SQVP showing up are slim. Not worth changing what is already in place for a long established SQVP (Carvalhas). The ROCo is probably the best and easiest for Corval.
by Andy Velebil
17:37 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Warre's Otima
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: Warre's Otima

I’ve had the 10/20 years back. The 10 wasn’t very good and overpriced. The 20 was good but overpriced as well given its 500ml bottle.
by Andy Velebil
23:21 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

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 Andy Velebil
18:10 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Re: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?

A note that is honest about what it is and it's aging potential.

What drives me nuts are notes that are all super excited and praise worthy, so I'm expecting a great score such as 93 or 95. Then the score is something like 85. I'm like WTF, how does that note correspond to that score, LOL.
by Andy Velebil
18:01 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

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 unfilter...
by Andy Velebil
14:52 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Cellar Defenders

Really? Graham LBV is a clear mass-market opponent to Taylor and Warre Bottle Matured LBV addressing a completely different market, predominantly against "Portuguese" brands. Dow LBV is very low volume and sold through high-end retailers and doesn't really compete with the other two. Seems quite st...
by Andy Velebil
00:47 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

Glenn E. wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:
23:50 Fri 11 Sep 2020
And to explain why it may appear certain family members prefer or favor certain brands. It’s because each member is responsible for overseeing a specific Quinta.
Probably why I get along with Dominic so well! :lol:
I don’t think he’s responsible for Malvedos. I think its Rupert.
by Andy Velebil
23:50 Fri 11 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

I believe that they Symingtons consider Dow, Graham, and Warre to all be co-equals, perhaps also including Cockburn. It's the market that used to focus more on Dow but is now focusing more on Graham. In casual conversation, it is not hard to detect that some scions of the Symington clan have a spec...
by Andy Velebil
21:42 Sun 06 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Split location storage challenges
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Split location storage challenges

I use CellarTracker to track what location they are at. Whilst I find CellarTracker a very useful resource when I want to find out, in ball park terms, what most people think of a widely marketed wine; I've never uploaded my stock inventory to it, or played with its less obvious tools. Aside from r...
by Andy Velebil
17:35 Sun 06 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Split location storage challenges
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Split location storage challenges

I use CellarTracker to track what location they are at. So either home cellar, offsite and what locker in the offsite. It’s customizable so you can set it to a single box or down to the exact bottle spot (such as row 1, slot F). Or whatever you name it. Very easy to use program and works great for k...
by Andy Velebil
14:18 Sat 05 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

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. I’ve never seen* Dalva for retai...
by Andy Velebil
00:14 Sat 05 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

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 Andy Velebil
21:24 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

Jacob, It would be a futile exercise. Many producers had lots of different names/labels for different countries and markets that were all the same product inside the bottle. There was surprising little or no regulation of when one had to bottle, what they could call it, etc. and we’re only talking t...
by Andy Velebil
21:02 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

I think I am right in saying that Taylor’s LBV was invented 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. Ot...
by Andy Velebil
04:31 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

cloying Each to his own, but my interpretation of the word 'cloying' is an excess of sugar that has no integration in the wine. It is very much a characteristic of young tawnies rather than aged ones, and another reason why I prefer to drink them matured. Basically. In wine it’s accepting meaning i...
by Andy Velebil
03:51 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

If you want something that is flat and sweet, age then. If you want that crisp perceived acidity giving it a fresh feel, drink young. It’s like a can of Coke. When you open it it’s crisp and refreshing. Leave it open for a few days and it’s sugary and flat. It's this kind of hyperbole that diminish...
by Andy Velebil
19:10 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

If you want something that is flat and sweet, age then. If you want that crisp perceived acidity giving it a fresh feel, drink young. It’s like a can of Coke. When you open it it’s crisp and refreshing. Leave it open for a few days and it’s sugary and flat. It's this kind of hyperbole that diminish...
by Andy Velebil
15:29 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

Re: Cellar Defenders

uncle tom wrote:
14:32 Thu 03 Sep 2020


Next time you're in the UK Andy, get hold of a freshly bottled Ferreira Duke de Braganza 20yr, and I''ll pull one that was bottled in 1979, and we'll see which one most people prefer..
Sounds like a plan. :D
by Andy Velebil
14:09 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

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 Andy Velebil
13:08 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2227

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. It is nothing like a Garrafeira. Which is basically...