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by uncle tom
10:30 Sun 22 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's Malvedos 1968
Replies: 11
Views: 620

Re: Graham's Malvedos 1968

the Malvados 1968 is probably good and has a market value
A couple of years too late I fear for value - the 50th birthday market and general scarcity of anything from '68 will be pushing any that come to auction into orbit - the only one on wine searcher is being offered at £300..
by uncle tom
10:03 Tue 17 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 248

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 uncle tom
11:56 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: 2016 Declarations

A Quinta gives one a story to tell, a place for people to see, a place for people to romanticize about If you researched the blending history of the 'estateless' names, you would probably find a quinta or two that had almost always contributed to the blend, so if that was a concern, a 'home quinta'...
by uncle tom
11:50 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: 2016 Declarations

Terrior? Blending expertise? Viniculture? Terroir is only really apparent when people in other parts of the world attempt to copy the port style of wine. The schist adds a minerality that you can't overtly taste in reds, although it makes the Douro white table wines very distinctive. Beyond that th...
by uncle tom
10:44 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: 2016 Declarations

I agree with your question, but Martinez is actually a Spanish name
OK smartarse - Iberian name then.. :D

A quick Google suggests its Lusitanian equivalent is Martins
by uncle tom
10:15 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 15
Views: 695

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" Correct - but bear in mind that blending vintage ports has always ha...
by uncle tom
09:10 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: 2016 Declarations

Gould Campbell, RIP. Quarles Harris, RIP. Martinez, RIP. Gould Campbell - distinctive style, different. Quarles Harris - 'best of the rest' really does have a place in a company's lineup. Have they declared a 'Symington family estates' VP - for use when Tesco or whoever want an 'own brand' vintage?...
by uncle tom
16:41 Sun 15 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port by retailer in London
Replies: 10
Views: 270

Re: Vintage Port by retailer in London

I'm looking for something we haven't tasted before I picked up sixty bottles of Passadouro '92 from Christies just before Xmas. This is one of the ones made by Niepoort. I wasn't planning to go for them, but the price was too good to pass on. As I don't need that many, I'm happy to part with up to ...
by uncle tom
11:52 Sun 15 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port by retailer in London
Replies: 10
Views: 270

Re: Vintage Port by retailer in London

Looking for anything in particular?

Tesco's offering at the moment is extremely minimal (at least, in my nearest one..)
by uncle tom
20:00 Sat 14 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: Croft 1991
Replies: 0
Views: 65

Croft 1991

It's been a while since a good bottle of this wine has been reported on. Drunk casually at home, and barely halfway mature, but this wine has a lot of promise. Very dark and full, with rich fruit, elegant tannins and good composure. Everything about this wine tells me this is going to run and run, a...
by uncle tom
09:07 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 70
Views: 2028

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

What was considered imperfect with its condition?
Signs of seepage
by uncle tom
09:41 Mon 09 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 70
Views: 2028

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

It wasn't cheap!
Ouch! - £956 according to Bonhams results..
by uncle tom
09:28 Mon 09 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 4932

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

Noval and Constantino stood up - will DD in the morning..
by uncle tom
20:24 Sat 07 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922

I should also remark that on the handful of occasions when I have drunk Warre 1922 from a bottle in good condition it has been an amazing port.
Fear not Alex - there are five more bottles, and this was the worst - I guarantee you'll be there again..
by uncle tom
15:14 Sat 07 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: 2016 Declarations

Niepoort Bioma (from email)

Kopke
Burmester
Cálem
Barros

http://www.revistadevinhos.pt/noticias/ ... ntage-2016

Javali (report from Denmark via FTLOP)

Noval (reported on FTLOP)
by uncle tom
15:05 Sat 07 Apr 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1938 unopened bottle of abercorn port
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: 1938 unopened bottle of abercorn port

Any chance you could post a photo?
by uncle tom
08:52 Sat 07 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format

In Graham's pre-Symington days, one of their idiosyncrasies was to label their Malvedos SQ wines as 'Crusted' rather than 'Vintage'.

The bottle looks entirely kosher to me. If it was mine, I'd give those capsule remnants a visit to the wax pot..
by uncle tom
17:03 Fri 06 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922

So what was the mystery 1922 port?
Warre - It's low shoulder level had left it significantly oxidised, but behind that was quite a solid wine, so I'm optimistic for the remaining bottles..
by uncle tom
15:09 Thu 05 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922

Perhaps implore Tom to bring you an adoption.
Possible, but need to know by 16.25 latest..
by uncle tom
11:21 Wed 04 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922

Tom, how should yours be described? Robinson & Payne 1922, level low shoulder, to be decanted at the table. (I will push the cork in) Can someone with the knack, bring the technology to bag out the cork? - the bottle is a very old three part moulded piece and was probably second hand when used - wo...
by uncle tom
11:16 Wed 04 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922

How about we do a 22 tasting on the monday prior to the Xmas tasting. Should be a very nice tasting As 22s are a bit thin on the ground, why don't we make the theme of this year's elegant luncheon (Weds Dec 19th?) 'something from the '20s' I'm assuming we're going for Thurs 20th for the Xmas bash, ...
by uncle tom
18:32 Tue 03 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: Excuse needed..

OK - where are we meeting? Time?

Lest Julian has raised expectations, I will be bringing just the one bottle..
by uncle tom
17:25 Fri 30 Mar 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 05 April 2018, THRA’s mystery 1922
Replies: 40
Views: 1244

Re: Excuse needed..

Tom: awaiting your confirmation. - Do we have a quorum? Phil is coming to the White Horse anyway tomorrow night, but we have a 'plan B' if the '22 is to be saved for later, as I also have a stash of '54s that need identifying. (I have also acquired a couple of bottles of wine from Phil's birth year...
by uncle tom
10:56 Fri 30 Mar 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 4932

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

For me:
Duck liver pate, Rib eye steak + peppercorn sauce