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by Andy Velebil
08:25 Tue 21 May 2019
Forum: Travel
Topic: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?
Replies: 10
Views: 1445

Re: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?

The only thing I remind people is the Douro Valley in the summer can be unbearably hot at times. Especially if you come from a country/area that is relatively cool climate and aren't used to it. Though even for me, who lives in a desert area, it wouldn't be fun. Hard to drink Port or wine when it's ...
by Andy Velebil
00:44 Sat 18 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: W & J Grahams Malvedos 1979 and Dow's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: W & J Grahams Malvedos 1979 and Dow's 1977 Vintage Port

As JDAW said, if you can get 150 Pounds for the Malvedos take it now.

The Dow's has a horrible TCA (corked) issue and not worth the gamble to buy these days. Perhaps gift away to someone who likes Port and will cross their fingers and hope it's one of the bottles that actual show well.
by Andy Velebil
06:11 Fri 17 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Souza Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 61

1997 Souza Vintage Port

Decanted 6.5 hours. A ruby red with some bricking. Medium weight on the palate, with licorice, tobacco leaf, red stone fruits and some protruding spirit. There are some light tannins that show up on the back of the mouth then soften as it transitions to a medium length finish. The finish brings fort...
by Andy Velebil
01:24 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Warre’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 112

2017 Warre’s Vintage Port

2017 Warre’s Vintage Port This was one of the darkest of the line up in color. A very fragrant nose full of fresh dark fruit, esteva, tea and fresh flowers. A touch sweeter in style with some youthful spirit still poking through that will dissipate shortly. Eucalyptus and spearmint, dusty dry tannin...
by Andy Velebil
01:24 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 54

2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port

2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port The fourth bottling of this Port. Loads of black plums, violets and flowers on the nose. This shows a touch drier than the regular bottling with layers of tobacco, lots of spices, cassis, dusty tannins, cracked white pepper, black fruit and excellent aci...
by Andy Velebil
01:23 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 51

2017 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port

2017 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port Dark inky color. Sweet up front then waves of black fruit take over. Following the fruit allspice, tannins and spearmint. Jammy and tannic long finish wraps up a lovely Port. The first tasting of this the Port was quite closed. The second bottle I tried was much b...
by Andy Velebil
01:23 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 55

2017 Taylor Fladgate Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port

2017 Taylor Fladgate Vargellas Vinha Velha Vintage Port Slightly darker in color than the regular bottle. A touch sweeter initially, then lots of violets, casis, eucalyptus, pepper, searing acidity and big bold tannins. The finish brings even more tannins as that sweetness subsides and the fresh fru...
by Andy Velebil
01:23 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 58

2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port

2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port A dark inky color with a bold black stone fruit nose. Noticeably sweeter in the mouth until the massive dry tannins kicked in. Plenty of layers of chocolate, menthol, violets and a touch of youthful spirit. The lush lingering finish has tons of dusty dry tannins and...
by Andy Velebil
01:23 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 43

2017 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port

2017 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port A very fragrant nose of esteva, plums and perfume. That esteva also pops up in the mouth along with flowers, plums, licorice, black fruit and elegant yet bold tannins. The acidity gives this lift and freshness as it transitions into the long finish. This Port ha...
by Andy Velebil
01:22 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 54

2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port

2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port Slightly darker in color compared to the regular Noval with a similar nose. Cracked pepper dominates on the tip of the tongue with a wave of tannins coming on its heels. Slightly drier than the regular bottling yet still full of fresh layers of fruit. That ...
by Andy Velebil
01:22 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 54

2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port A dark inky purple with a nose chalked full of black fruit and roses. The palate also had deep black fruit, pepper, eucalyptus, tons of tannins and searing acidity. Tons of complexity and layers in this magnificent Port. It becomes slightly sweeter until the dusty t...
by Andy Velebil
01:22 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Krohn Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 44

2017 Krohn Vintage Port

2017 Krohn Vintage Port There was something on the nose I couldn’t quite place, perhaps peach mixed with plums. Regardless, it was very enticing aromas. Lots of plums, menthol, cassis and a moderate amount of tannins. A solidly long finish was an extension of the palate. Perhaps the best Krohn’s VP ...
by Andy Velebil
01:21 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 58

2017 Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port

2017 Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port The fourth release. This represents about 4% of total production from Quinta dos Malvedos. Yields are roughly 1,100 kilos per hectare, which is a tiny amount. Squid ink describes the dark color of this. It has some passion fruit up front in the mouth, th...
by Andy Velebil
01:21 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 60

2017 Graham’s Vintage Port

2017 Graham’s Vintage Port Picking started on 28 August and finished on the 15th of September, the latter is when picking normally starts. A exceptionally dark color. Loads of aromatic violets on the nose. A much sweeter profile was immediately noticeable followed by cracked pepper, tobacco leaf, ch...
by Andy Velebil
01:21 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Fonseca Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 57

2017 Fonseca Vintage Port

2017 Fonseca Vintage Port From three Quinta’s, Cruzeiro, Santo Antonio and its backbone Panascal. Lots of red stone fruit on the nose. While the palate had bold tannins, huge fresh dark fruit, plenty of acidity and a granite-like chalkiness. An incredibly long and dry finish, yet fresh at the same t...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Dow’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 58

2017 Dow’s Vintage Port

2017 Dow’s Vintage Port One of the darkest of the bunch. The nose had sweet and dense black fruit and esteva. In the mouth there was a touch of youthful spirit, lovely spices, menthol and mocha. A very long dusty finish with tobacco leaf rounded out a wonderful Port. As usual this is a slightly drie...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Croft Quinta da Roeda Serikos Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 57

2017 Croft Quinta da Roeda Serikos Vintage Port

2017 Croft Quinta da Roeda Serikos Vintage Port From three old-vine plots (Benedita, Ferradura, and Galeria) planted between 1889 and 1900. This had a more purple color to it than the regular Croft. There was less passion fruit on the nose than the regular Croft. While the palate was similar to the ...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Croft Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 49

2017 Croft Vintage Port

2017 Croft Vintage Port Tad lighter in color than the Cockburn’s. Lots of passion fruit on the nose, which has become this VP’s trade mark. The palate also had passion fruit with bold fruit under lying it. Huge tannins and excellent acidity. An amazingly long finish full of dusty tannins and good st...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Cockburn’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 51

2017 Cockburn’s Vintage Port

2017 Cockburn’s Vintage Port Very dark glass staining color. A nose full of ripe plums and esteva. Plenty of tannins with a good streak of acidity, cracked pepper, chocolate, plums and a very long finish. This appeared to be a touch drier profile than usual. This is made from grapes from two Quinta’...
by Andy Velebil
01:19 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2017 Vintage Port Tasting Recap with Notes and other information
Replies: 3
Views: 243

2017 Vintage Port Tasting Recap with Notes and other information

2017 VINTAGE PORT TASTING San Francisco, California May 09, 2019 A lot of rumors have been circulating about how good the 2017 Vintage Ports are. So I went to see for myself if the hype was true. Thankfully it was only a short flight up to San Francisco to join the Houses of The Fladgate Partnership...
by Andy Velebil
04:31 Tue 07 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2017 Declarations
Replies: 24
Views: 2630

Re: 2017 Declarations

General declarations in reverse order: 2017, 2016, 2011, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1994, (1991/1992), 1985, 1983, 1980, 1977, 1975, 1970, 1966, 1963, 1960... As you can see, there have been roughly 3 general declarations per decade for at least the last 50 years. (1991/1992 was what is known as a spl...
by Andy Velebil
04:27 Tue 07 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: Vintage 2017

Just a nit-picking thing. Niepoort is not a small producer. They make and sell a ton of bottles every year, all combined. They are difficult to find in the USA because of his importer, Martine's Wines, who doesn't do a great job marketing them, in my opinion.
by Andy Velebil
16:00 Sun 05 May 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Another day in Paradise
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Another day in Paradise

Excellent line up!

How were the Niepoort dry wines?
by Andy Velebil
04:25 Mon 08 Apr 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: cellared Vintage port for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: cellared Vintage port for sale

All are full case (x12 bottles). I believe this is a genuinely rare opportunity to buy class port which has been stored and looked after properly. Unfortunately I don’t drink the stuff! It is in my cellar in Wiltshire! While it’s always good to have VP, it’s not a rare opportunity. You’ll have issu...
by Andy Velebil
19:58 Sun 24 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experience with BI Wines
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Experience with BI Wines

Hello folks. Any of you have experience with buying from www.biwine.com ? As I am intending to do a fairly decent size order and they only will accept bank transfer I am doing my due diligence. Thank you for any assistance in this matter. Thomas Never heard of them. They appear to stock almost ever...