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by uncle tom
10:13 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1945 Rebello Valente
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: 1945 Rebello Valente

RV45 . Orange, 19% opaque. Alas barely Port: pineapple; thin; sweet; bland. I have forgotten how the RV45 arrived at the 1994 tasting. Please could this thread be reminded. I had collected three bottles from a shared auction lot that day - one was a Croft '45 in good order, another was an ullaged a...
by uncle tom
15:40 Wed 14 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)
Replies: 20
Views: 984

Re: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

A few days ago I opened an odd bottle of Croft '75 and I'll probably pop my next victim, a leaky Vargellas '84 tomorrow.

The only issue with VP in high summer is the importance of not letting the decanter get too warm.
by uncle tom
10:32 Wed 24 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacement labels
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Replacement labels

I just write on the bottle with a chalk pen. It's then clear what the contents of the bottle are and is also clearly not an official label. I number each bottle so that I can then track back its provenance and know how long I've owned it. For cellar records I have two methods of marking port bottle...
by uncle tom
12:17 Tue 23 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacement labels
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Replacement labels

“Replacement label by Tom Archer added July 2019.” It's not that much of a challenge to create an Excel based application that could generate a label from a set of scanned templates and a set of stored parameters for each template to indicate the position size and font of the vintage date, that cou...
by uncle tom
17:15 Sun 21 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacement labels
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Replacement labels

In the days of English bottling, labelling rules were a bit anarchic and the control exerted by the producers over labelling varied considerably. Inducting a well cellared case of Dow 80 however, whose labels are all detached, one missing and most decayed, draws my attention to the fact that we need...
by uncle tom
15:53 Mon 15 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 1206

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

A very good value cellar defender at the moment is Dow's Midnight @ £5.50/500mL from ASDA. This is a clean fresh fruity quaff - above par for its class.
by uncle tom
15:47 Mon 15 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An Oddity
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: An Oddity

Gonzalez Byass certainly, and T stoppered.

At the risk of being hailed a pessimist, this could quite easily be a bottle of standard ruby or tawny..
by uncle tom
15:44 Mon 15 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Congratulations Tony!
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: Congratulations Tony!

Well done Tony!
by uncle tom
15:05 Mon 08 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Weighing in..
Replies: 12
Views: 2973

Re: Weighing in..

those horrible rubber things Although lacking elegance, these capsules are not so horrid when you know how to get them off. Attacking the cold plastic with a Stanley knife is a recipe for expletives, if not a casualty. However you only have to warm them slightly and they pop off with the greatest o...
by uncle tom
18:35 Sun 07 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Niepoort levels
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: Niepoort levels

That latter sounds like a 73cl bottle, not uncommonly used in the 60s and 70s in the wine trade. Does the Offley bottle it say 75cl on the label, or is it silent on volume? That's a new one on me - the label is silent, as you say. How on earth did they arrive at the figure of 73cL? I know they used...
by uncle tom
17:59 Sun 07 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Niepoort levels
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Niepoort levels

This is a little exercise that I've been meaning to do for ages and have finally got round to - determining equivalent levels on Niepoort bottles. As we all know, it's very hard when looking at that swept neck to decide whether the level is IN or BN etc. Moreover, this is not an exact science as the...
by uncle tom
06:29 Sun 07 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Weighing in..
Replies: 12
Views: 2973

Re: Weighing in..

Have you collected/separated data for different types of capsules, such as those horrible rubber things from the '60s? For example, I would expect that a full wax capsule would lose less weight over time than a simple tin capsule with no wax. The 1960s plastic capsules make a good seal, current ull...
by uncle tom
12:56 Sat 06 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Weighing in..
Replies: 12
Views: 2973

Re: Weighing in..

Now over six years since I started weighing every port bottle that passes through my hands, I am beginning to gather some useful re-weighing data. I noticed a while back that my scales, which are marketed as 0.1g resolution, also have the ability to read in Grains, which are roughly 0.065g. I decide...
by uncle tom
10:59 Wed 26 Jun 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1994s, Tue 11 June 2019, at the B&F
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: 1994s, Tue 11 June 2019, at the B&F

After bleaching, the cork on the ullaged bottled of crusted I brought along to drink through boldly proclaimed:

Henekeys Ltd
Crusted


- But no date..
by uncle tom
14:03 Sat 15 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal
Replies: 34
Views: 8739

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

but am equally happy to go shopping if needed
I can provide several bottles for adoption..
by uncle tom
12:59 Sat 15 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar
Replies: 46
Views: 3657

Re: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar

Many for whom 9th July fails. Tom: new date please.
I'm fairly flexible - does a week before or after change things significantly, or do we need to take it to September?
by uncle tom
15:16 Sat 08 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 11230

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Tom: have you available anything not already being brought? (V, SW, Ts, Ch, EV, F, Cr, Sk, N.)
The easiest (as they are downstairs..) would be Cockburn, Gould Campbell or Kopke
by uncle tom
08:47 Sat 08 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 11230

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Suggest adoptions of Dow and Warre to ensure we have all main players present if possible.
My stocks are in deeply buried owcs, so not readily available..
by uncle tom
14:27 Fri 07 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 11230

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Have just noticed that I was first reserve - was invited in, but have noticed now that I am not on the list.. :?
by uncle tom
11:31 Fri 07 Jun 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 11230

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

If anyone needs to adopt could they let me know ASAP please.

Unless someone else is bringing one, I will bring the Vesuvio
by uncle tom
17:53 Thu 06 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1948 Taylor
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Re: 1948 Taylor

I didn't get to taste it on the day - it was quickly dismissed by others as corked and put to one side.

I took this bottle home with me and after leaving it stood up and stoppered for six months, have just sampled it.

I can detect a fair degree of oxidation, but no trace of TCA now..
by uncle tom
14:49 Fri 31 May 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar
Replies: 46
Views: 3657

Re: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar

How about semi blind and know the vintages Alternatively.. Suppose I simply present the bottles in alphabetical order of the shipper. Then, come the end of of the evening, we guess and reveal each bottle in turn. This would greatly narrow the possible shippers to guess from for each bottle. As we g...
by uncle tom
09:17 Thu 30 May 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar
Replies: 46
Views: 3657

Re: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar

Have just drafted a provisional list - I'm assuming people would like this to be blind.

To make it a little more fun, I've got 14 different vintages and 14 different producers..
by uncle tom
05:59 Thu 30 May 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar
Replies: 46
Views: 3657

Re: Port, ≤1972, from THRA’s cellar

Anyone care to volunteer a date?
by uncle tom
14:43 Wed 29 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The cork fell in... and other excuses
Replies: 5
Views: 1005

Re: The cork fell in... and other excuses

Other than 'my glass is empty' what are the other standard justifications employed by TPF-ites for opening a bottle of port for one? I use a bit of software I wrote using Excel VBA to choose my next bottle, thus I can blame the 'puter when I open the next bottle. The computer looks each time for bo...