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by Andy Velebil
14:06 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

I don't think I've seen Alicante Bouschet referred to in the context of Port before, although reading about it, I can understand why they would use it. Wikipedia refers to its thick skins and comments that "the intense red color was also helpful for stretching the wine during prohibition, as it cou...
by Andy Velebil
13:50 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Law of Two Thirds discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 398

Re: Law of Two Thirds discussion

I’ve just received this reply and learned something new.

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by Andy Velebil
04:16 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)
Replies: 2
Views: 134

2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample) This was the first time that Touriga Franca was co-fermented with Alicante Bouschet. Touriga Nacional and Sousao being added later. A dark inky color. Powerful scents of violets, esteva, and plums emanated from the glass. The palate was a touch sweet...
by Andy Velebil
04:15 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1998 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 74

1998 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port

1998 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port The color is very dark but now showing some bricking in-line with its age. A nose of old wood and licorice. I was taken aback by how youthful the fruit was on the palate. At 20 years old there are some secondary characteristics creeping in, yet this was still most...
by Andy Velebil
04:15 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port (Cask Sample)
Replies: 0
Views: 73

2018 Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

2018 Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port (Cask Sample) Similar to the Vesuvio this marked the first year that Sousao was co-fermented with another grape, Alicante Bouschet. The aromas of this Port were less brash than the Vesuvio and more of a flowery perfume. Given that soft nose I was ...
by Andy Velebil
04:15 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1998 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 73

1998 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port

1998 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port The color is still opaque with visible bricking. I initially thought this may have been corked as the nose was rather woody, thankfully that turned out not to be the case. Showing a bit more advanced than its sibling, the Vesuvio, this was still a remar...
by Andy Velebil
04:12 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 Symington Family Estates Port Review
Replies: 0
Views: 97

2018 Symington Family Estates Port Review

2018 Vintage Ports from the Symington Family Estates The 2018 vintage started out a continuation of the long drought of 2017. That is, up until March when heavy rains fell off and on through May. Coming on the heels of the drought, these heavy rains caused significant topsoil runoff and damage to m...
by Andy Velebil
02:39 Fri 26 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass T-Corks
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: Glass T-Corks

I like the glass t-corks on certain types of Port. Easy to open and reclose afterwards. And no issues with TCA.
by Andy Velebil
13:21 Wed 24 Jun 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Musar tasting cases
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Musar tasting cases

Further Musar offer from Fine + Rare. All prices are duty paid but excluding VAT, and are 6-bottle cases. 2013 Red - £130 2012 White - £125 2003 Red - £200 2000 Red - £150 1998 Red - £160 1997 Red - £170 2000 White - £147 1992 White - £295 1975 White - £755 1972 White - £1,512 Very cheap pricing on...
by Andy Velebil
21:53 Sun 14 Jun 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Musar tasting cases
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Musar tasting cases

JacobH wrote:Haha! Quite. If I was trying to find adjectives for Musar, I don’t think “consistent” would be one of them...
Hah! Well said.
by Andy Velebil
18:32 Sat 13 Jun 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Musar tasting cases
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Musar tasting cases

I will warn you The reds have varying levels of the VA and Brett that’s just their style.
by Andy Velebil
18:29 Sat 13 Jun 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Musar tasting cases
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Musar tasting cases

JacobH wrote:That's interesting. Thanks. I'd assumed it was much too hot for decent whites. Would you give them both a decant? (And if so, how long?).

This thread is making me wish we could travel to the Lebannon again!
At least an hour for the old white. 2-3 is better.

Reds a few hours as well.
by Andy Velebil
13:12 Sat 13 Jun 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Musar tasting cases
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Musar tasting cases

The “more accessible” one sounds quite tempting, especially since when I periodically stock up on the Hochar from Majestic it usually comes in at £20-25 a bottle. We were given the 1989 box as a present: I’m waiting for the lockdown to end so we can have a nice dinner party to drink them, even thou...
by Andy Velebil
15:07 Thu 11 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Law of Two Thirds discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 398

Re: 1983 Covelos

Iirc, the law of a third only applies to what is actually in barrel. Regardless of type. Anything bottled but held back for later release does not count toward that.
by Andy Velebil
15:05 Sat 16 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May
Replies: 45
Views: 2941

Re: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May

I regret that I have to drop out. Work schedule has changed and won’t be able to attend this.
by Andy Velebil
19:43 Mon 11 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May
Replies: 45
Views: 2941

Re: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May

Please add me. Thanks
by Andy Velebil
14:43 Sun 03 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..

Happy birthday Tom. Will sort something later today to open.
by Andy Velebil
04:15 Thu 23 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Sandeman
Replies: 1
Views: 675

Re: 1977 Sandeman

I’ve had many of these and they’ve all been generally good. Not a top end ‘77 but still a very nice one. Curious to see how a different bottle from the case shows.
by Andy Velebil
18:11 Fri 17 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Should the IVDP ban the filtration of LBV?
Replies: 15
Views: 1672

Re: Should the IVDP ban the filtration of LBV?

The no decanting argument strikes me as bogus, at least in today's market. The supermarkets buy LBV soon after bottling, get it on the shelves, sold and out to be drunk in a very short time scale - typically a few months. Very little is still around a couple of years later when the first sediment a...
by Andy Velebil
02:32 Fri 10 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 6769

Re: Another virtual tasting

1977 Smith Woodhouse VP from me
by Andy Velebil
16:11 Thu 09 Apr 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Coates & Seely - 20% Discount for TPF Members
Replies: 4
Views: 2022

Re: Coates & Seely - 20% Discount for TPF Members

No shipping to the USA :( When this is over, guess I'll have to come over there :)
by Andy Velebil
05:04 Wed 08 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 6769

Re: Another virtual tasting

A big thank you. Wonderful to see old faces and new ones as well. Though there was many of us and obviously not as “normal” as an In person gathering, it meant a lot to step away from world events and meet/interact will fellow Port lovers. So thank you all!!!
by Andy Velebil
04:00 Mon 06 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: 1995 Champalimaud

Ok thanks. I recall having a Port from his company under screwcap way back around 2007/08-ish. Quite the controversy when he did so.
by Andy Velebil
03:58 Mon 06 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Dow's Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 858

1997 Dow's Vintage Port

Decanted 9 hours. At 23 years old the color has finally lighted a bit, but is still quite dark. Lots of black stone fruit on the nose masks its age. The palate is more on the drier side, typical for Dow's, but is offset by the youthful lush black plums, black tea leaves, menthol, a touch of youthful...
by Andy Velebil
21:37 Sun 05 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: 1995 Champalimaud

Was this vintage sealed by a screw-cap or cork?