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by Andy Velebil
02:56 Mon 02 Jul 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Buying LBV
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Buying LBV

I think, but can't be certain, that Noval make both a filtered LBV and one which is intended to be able to age. Warre certainly do, so beware which you buy. Correct, Noval makes both a filtered and unfiltered LBV. Most of the filtered is for airlines (and the like) and IIRC the Netherlands or some ...
by Andy Velebil
15:57 Sun 01 Jul 2018
Forum: Travel
Topic: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?
Replies: 6
Views: 258

Re: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?

Anytime except when Europeans are on their holiday there LOL. :O Am imagining the response if I replied to the same question posted on ftlop with "anytime the Americans are not there" ;p It’s a bit of a joke and also serious. The Douro and Porto are overrun by tourists now, mostly Europeans. For th...
by Andy Velebil
17:22 Sat 30 Jun 2018
Forum: Travel
Topic: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?
Replies: 6
Views: 258

Re: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?

Anytime except when Europeans are on their holiday there LOL.


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by Andy Velebil
13:15 Thu 28 Jun 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns Vintage 1950
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: Cockburns Vintage 1950

I’ve never seen a Cockburn with that color (what appears to be a newer) wax seal and a Selo on top of it. Beware.
by Andy Velebil
20:37 Fri 22 Jun 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lbv vs vintage
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Lbv vs vintage

... So my understanding is that the grapes are harvested and then made into port, vintage and lbv, I had assumed the same grapes for the vintage port would be used for the lbv, is that not the case? So the best grapes are used for vintage port and then the next best used for the lpv hence the cheap...
by Andy Velebil
20:17 Fri 22 Jun 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Buying LBV
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Buying LBV

DRT wrote:{speechless-emoticon}

:shock:
I was thinking the same thing. [emoji44]


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by Andy Velebil
19:49 Wed 13 Jun 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal
Replies: 24
Views: 1687

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

I have
Cockburn
Dow
Ferreira
Fonseca
Graham
Martinez
Niepoort
Ramos Pinto
Royal Oporto
Sandeman (i think will have to verify in my offsite)
Smith Woodhouse
Taylor
Warre's
by Andy Velebil
04:27 Fri 08 Jun 2018
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2005 Niepoort Redoma Reserva Branco Douro
Replies: 0
Views: 435

2005 Niepoort Redoma Reserva Branco Douro

Recent bottles of this I've had have shown some early oxidation creeping in, so today I pulled my remaining 5 bottles out of storage, all bought on release. While there is just a touch of oxidation, this still has wonderful minerality, pineapple, citrus fruit, and an oily texture aiding its depth. A...
by Andy Velebil
04:26 Fri 08 Jun 2018
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2006 Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vine Douro
Replies: 0
Views: 177

2006 Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vine Douro

Lets address the elephant in the room first. This is a vintage that many critics panned as being not good. But what many of them forget is the Douro is a big place with tons of micro climates. So even in the tough years someone almost always makes a good wine. Decanted 3 hours, this still has fresh ...
by Andy Velebil
05:06 Thu 07 Jun 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal
Replies: 24
Views: 1687

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

I've been meaning to get back over there and this may be the perfect excuse. I've got a number of 70's (I'll check which shortly)

Put me down.


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by Andy Velebil
14:36 Fri 01 Jun 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines

Alex, Nice notes, thanks!! I don't think we are too far off what we like when it comes to young Ports and scoring. However, it's hard to compare someone else's notes when they taste them at a different time. The simple reason being that when this young VP can show so very differently on different da...
by Andy Velebil
06:04 Sun 20 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 43
Views: 4040

Re: 2016 Declarations

Given eurozone inflation and changes in the exchange rate (taking the change in sterling to USD to reflect a global price outlook) one might expect a release price increase for the '16s of around 15% over the 2011s. First indications however are suggesting that release prices are being hiked by a w...
by Andy Velebil
23:57 Mon 14 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines

I believe these all should be on offer by later this month or early next. I don't see them lasting much beyond summer before they all sale through. So I wouldn't wait if you're gonna order some.


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by Andy Velebil
07:20 Mon 14 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines

I attended the NY tasting, I much prefered the Dow's and the Graham's Stone terraces as my top two of the vintage. The noval was solid like previous years. I'm shocked at the black pepper notes from the Fonseca as the 97, 2000, 2003 had a beautiful fleshy peach note that has been absent in the 07,0...
by Andy Velebil
12:59 Sun 13 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 43
Views: 4040

Re: 2016 Declarations

Quinta de Roriz was made Is Roriz now a full member of the Symington stable - or just an estate they manage? Was not sure if Johnny would count it as 'one of theirs'.. I think it still is a partnership with the Prats family. I recall an interview Bruno Prats did about the Estate sometime last year ...
by Andy Velebil
12:15 Sun 13 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 43
Views: 4040

Re: 2016 Declarations

Have we a specific source for G and GST? At the BFT, whilst gently chastising Johnny Symington for killing off the Martinez brand, he mentioned that the Symingtons had declared nine VPs for 2016 I worked out these must be: Cockburn Dow Graham Graham Stone Terraces Smith Woodhouse Vesuvio Vesuvio Ca...
by Andy Velebil
07:50 Sun 13 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines
Replies: 7
Views: 944

2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting and other Ports and Douro wines

I'm not sure if this belongs here or in a different sub-forum. If so, Mod's please move or send off into individual tasting notes or however you see fit. Cross-posted from :ftlop2014: 2016 Vintage Port Declaration Release Tour San Francisco, California May 10, 2018 I was very fortunate to attend thi...
by Andy Velebil
13:22 Tue 01 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1994; Where's the value?
Replies: 25
Views: 3864

Re: 1994; Where's the value?

Just to keep in mind when buying 1994: this is a year that is not at all, as you might think, generally good. Just about every vintage has its lemons, however a lot of wines that are perceived to be poor at that age come right when they turn 40. The '75 vintage was noted for weak performances from ...
by Andy Velebil
16:17 Wed 18 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: Tasting

I’ve always struggled to identify what I smell and taste by reference to other things. Yes, it's a distraction beloved of wine writers needing to fill column inches. It also helps them convey an impression of expertise, when that is lacking. Too many people judge wines by their label and price tag,...
by Andy Velebil
16:10 Wed 18 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format

Many thanks SFE for the info.
by Andy Velebil
11:30 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 43
Views: 4040

Re: 2016 Declarations

Am I right in thinking none of QH, Mz or GC had an associated Quinta? I think that is quite significant. Anything produced under any of these brands would now be "a port wine produced from grapes/wines sourced from various places". What would be distinctive about say, Martinez versus Gould Campbell...
by Andy Velebil
11:19 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format

It looks genuine to me. A little known fact is that in the early days of the use of the brand "Malvedos" the wines didn't come from the quinta - they were from vineyards in the Torto valley. This is probably from that era. And many of the grapes came from a number of adjacent vineyards which were n...
by Andy Velebil
13:30 Sun 08 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1938 full bottle of abercorn for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: 1938 full bottle of abercorn for sale

Your post wasn't deleted, it's in the Forum "SELLING PORT" for selling bottles. Some people have inquired about it. I would point you to that forum and your original post. http://theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=12371
by Andy Velebil
10:21 Sun 08 Apr 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 9 Bottles of Vintage Port For Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 955

Re: 9 Bottles of Vintage Port For Sale

Hi Irl, As one of the few USA based folks here I'll chime in. First, the bottles location at this time of year makes shipping very problematic. Most areas, sans the northeast which seems to be perpetually frozen lately, is now entering the "Too hot to ship" season. So that will make selling them at ...
by Andy Velebil
00:28 Sun 01 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 11500

Re: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018

Please could I have no starter, special order sirloin on the bone cooked medium rare with skinny fries and a side of beans. No desert. Good call, I heard their desert is quite dry ;) lol Splendid. If you are going to notice others’ spelling, we can notice your apostrophes. Henceforth you are thread...