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by uncle tom
16:00 Fri 04 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1268
Views: 341590

Re: Port for sale by retailer

I got that mailshot too - but I found the detail too vague, to sign up at the price.

50cL bottles would fall short of my expectations, unless very special.
by uncle tom
18:42 Wed 25 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Re: Decanting time: Advice and Discussion

I think Roy's numbers were way too low on the middle distance. Bottles in the 20 - 35 year range are usually significantly better after a day in the decanter - some need even longer.

On the other hand, bottles over 50 years old rarely gain much, and are usually fine from a fresh decant.
by uncle tom
17:44 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5376

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

I'm going to save the sample bottles for a future occasion when they can be properly shared.

As no-one else seems to be opening one, I'll pop a Rebello '66..
by uncle tom
17:07 Mon 23 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5376

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

I've rather neglected this section of the forum over the past few months..

..I do have a couple of bottles of old De la Rosa LBV that Sophia sent over at the beginning of the year - waiting for a tasting occasion that has not been possible to arrange yet.
by uncle tom
08:06 Mon 23 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1268
Views: 341590

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Waitrose are knocking down the price of the Warre LBV (07), the Sandeman LBV (15) and the Vargellas (02?) by between 20% and 25% currently. The Warre 'discount' is from a deliberately inflated price, so not really a discount. The discounted Vargellas price is reasonable, but the lack of a quoted vi...
by uncle tom
15:51 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sparkling Port
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: Sparkling Port

On the subject of heretical port cocktails, I do find that if an old bottle of Claret or Burgundy lacks the body to age with elegance, and instead has become rather harsh; adding a dash of ordinary ruby port can work wonders..
by uncle tom
14:54 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: LBV Roundup

Dirk Niepoort has said that he likes them with a bit of bottle age.
For 'a bit' read half a century or so..
by uncle tom
19:49 Mon 16 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 869

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

Do you think that TPF might have a lot more half bottles of different vintages (SQVP's etc.) still hanging around. I'm sure there would be enough interest here to do a deal for a pallet or two? There's no harm asking! Mind you - start totting up the cost before you start talking pallet loads - ther...
by uncle tom
10:24 Mon 16 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 869

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

Would be quite up for buying a load of halves of these - at a sensible price The wear / scuff marks on the letter and Taylor label in Axel’s photo suggests they have been stored already assembled, too, which must make preparing them for sale a bit of a nightmare: I wouldn’t be confident that none o...
by uncle tom
21:13 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 869

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

I wonder what the back story to those half bottle gift packs is? Not normal to keep bottles in fancy packaging in lodge for an extended period. I've never seen one at auction, so if they were offered before but didn't sell as well as expected, it doesn't seem to have been in the UK. - Have they been...
by uncle tom
09:25 Sat 07 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: LBV Roundup

Regarding corks. Branding adds to the cost and then that batch of corks can only be used for a specific bottle. Why most wine companies around the world use generic corks for most wines bottled is the reduced cost and flexibility of use. It just makes fiscal sense for most bottles. A worry is the c...
by uncle tom
13:33 Fri 06 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: LBV Roundup

Tom, I was wondering what your view is of Taylor's, Graham's, Dow's and Cockburn's LBV selection? they all seem to be on the cheap end of the market, except for Dow? I was focusing on the unfiltered and very lightly filtered LBVs that should have ample ability to bottle age. Taylor ages to advantag...
by uncle tom
18:32 Thu 05 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 869

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

A couple of years ago I was chatting to David Guimaraens as to what cellar remnants the TFP might be interested in disposing of. 'We have far too many half bottles kicking around' - he replied..
by uncle tom
17:08 Thu 05 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 858

LBV Roundup

At any one time there are about a hundred LBVs on offer from the various producers. Keeping up with that number is a bit daunting. So, as I have no fireworks to light tonight, here are 24 producers who seem to me to merit some attention: - Tax exclusive prices shown are from Portugal Vineyards 1) J ...
by uncle tom
08:32 Thu 29 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1960 Gonzalez Byass VP
Replies: 0
Views: 279

1960 Gonzalez Byass VP

A wine I've not previously tasted, and with no past history elsewhere, barring a very brief mention by Broadbent. Very Portuguese in style with a fine nose that clearly reveals it's short time in wood prior to bottling. Mahogany in colour and a very fine drinking experience. Good for another 60 year...
by uncle tom
16:30 Sat 24 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Auction Prices
Replies: 10
Views: 1011

Re: Auction Prices

Auction prices go in peaks and troughs, and have been running hot this year. If there's a wine you're after that's not uber rare, look up the auction results when it was last sold, and set your bid limit a couple of bid increments below that level when it next appears. If you get outbid again, up yo...
by uncle tom
14:26 Wed 21 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: Addendum
Replies: 34
Views: 8221

Re: Port Vintages: Addendum

One small addition that would be welcome, a job that used to be regarded in the publishing world as the most tedious of all chores, but for which there is probably now some very clever software; is a master index, giving the page numbers where every proper noun appears. If you do a second ed. I'll a...
by uncle tom
04:56 Wed 21 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Trafalgar day 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 651

Trafalgar day 2020

Trafalgar Day 2020 My limited assessment of the 2018 port vintage, its inclusion in my rolling evaluation of the sixty most recent vintages, and my updated full vintage rankings. The pandemic of 2020 massively mitigates against a detailed assessment of the 2018 vintage. After a well regarded vintag...
by uncle tom
17:27 Sat 17 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 4116

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

OK - picky picky..

For 'British shippers' read 'Port producing companies that have British names or brands'
by uncle tom
10:52 Sat 17 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2901

Re: Vintage 2020

Why? Their 1991s are better than their 1992s. And TFP 1992s are better than their 1991s. In my experience TFP won the split - their full declaration and SQ declarations are both better than the respective SFE Ports - but the Symingtons were still correct to declare 1991. They made better Ports in 1...
by uncle tom
09:53 Sat 17 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 4116

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

How many of them own significant (or any) property in the DS? Without checking, I assume none - hence the initiative. Bear in mind that decisions of this nature would not be made in the cosy confines of Porto, but by government ministers in Lisbon, who may be very detached from, and not particularl...
by uncle tom
15:41 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 4116

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

Because you’ve heard a off-the-cuff opinion doesn’t make it a fact or reality. Andy, this was not an 'off the cuff opinion' it was several well known producers I happened to be sharing a table with, who were not only of one mind on the subject but were serious about making it happen. Whether they s...
by uncle tom
08:38 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 4116

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

The fact Tom has had one conversation with someone, regardless of the company, doesn’t negate the hundreds (if not more) producers in the Superior that would be put out of business if they revoked that area. It wasn't one person, and it wasn't the British shippers, but they did appear to be engaged...
by uncle tom
08:19 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2901

Re: Vintage 2020

Given what I've tasted of 1991 and 1992, I think that both made the correct decisions for their companies. I have heard a senior member of the Symington clan publicly admit, with great candour, that with hindsight they should have declared '92 instead. Ergo, I suspect that the Symingtons were corre...