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by AHB
20:14 Thu 01 Nov 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello to Bob Heckart
Replies: 6
Views: 2754

I met Bob on Monday night, nice chap and someone who enjoys and knows about port.

Welcome to the forum, Bob.

Alex
by AHB
20:12 Thu 01 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The best intentions and futility of scoring port
Replies: 15
Views: 1580

You have a distribution that I would expect to see - it's called Normal. It is very diificult to turn a Normal distribution into a linear scale because it is not natural. You have the largest number in the middle which is very noble and realistic. You have too many top ones and not enough rubbish o...
by AHB
20:07 Thu 01 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The best intentions and futility of scoring port
Replies: 15
Views: 1580

Cruz 1989 CORRECT [/size] Vesuvio 1994 CORRECT [/size] Noval 1931 WRONG (only an 8) [/size] SW Madelena 1988 WRONG (only a 7) [/size] Dow 1980 WRONG (only a 4) [/size] Nacional 63 CORRECT [/size] ...doesn't include the Nacional 60 he's coughed to. CORRECT [/size] Very impressive so far. One missing...
by AHB
19:20 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The best intentions and futility of scoring port
Replies: 15
Views: 1580

You're doing very well so far and giving lots of clues to anyone else who wants to join in. Yes indeed, the Nacional 1960 is one of the other top 10 ports in that short list of 4. So, so far we have: Worst 1 = Cruz, vintage not yet identified Best 4 = Vesuvio, vintage not yet identified Nacional 196...
by AHB
19:12 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Warre
Replies: 5
Views: 3098

It has been very agreeable and satisfying, a very solid structure, very long. It is, I think, at its plateau and would wonder about another decade. My view that this wine would be better in a decade was a minority view on the night. However, I do enjoy ports that are smooth, mellow and fragrant. I ...
by AHB
19:10 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Offline at Andy's house to celebrate Alex B.'s visit to L.A.
Replies: 15
Views: 6121

Its only a 10 hour flight from Heathrow, doesn't even need to be a miltary jet. Act now and you could be with us...
by AHB
19:07 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The best intentions and futility of scoring port
Replies: 15
Views: 1580

OK. Cruz was the worst and Vesuvio was one of the best, so it wasn't that difficult now, was it. Anyone fancy going a step further and speculating on the vintages for these two wines? Anyone fancy going two steps further and speculating as to what the other 3 bottles that received a Tom10 ranking we...
by AHB
18:48 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Berry Brothers
Replies: 0
Views: 1614

1983 Berry Brothers

This is the Warre 1983 bottled with a BB&R own label. This was drunk on 28 April 2006. This is the first part of my two part experiment to confirm what we have been told - that the wines in the Berry's and Justerini's own label selections are the shippers' first choice wines, just under a different ...
by AHB
18:46 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Berry Brothers
Replies: 0
Views: 1634

1970 Berry Brothers

This is a Warre 1970 but with a Berry Brothers label drunk on 31 March 2007 after 8½ hours in the decanter. A lovely deep rose colour, slightly orange on the rim. Giving off lovely plum and caramel scents as I tip it in the glass to see the colour. A swirl produces a slightly harsh and less attracti...
by AHB
18:32 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The best intentions and futility of scoring port
Replies: 15
Views: 1580

Sorry Alan, you have to guess out of the whole world of port. If you really need a clue then you can research on here and on FTLOP to see what I have commented on in the past. However, you know me and moy port drinking tastes well enough to be able to hazard a pretty accurate guess as to best and wo...
by AHB
18:09 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: 2000 Noval Unfiltered LBV
Replies: 39
Views: 5394

Re: Isn’t Derek lucky to have such helpful chums!

A splendid suggestion, foiled only by our slowness in doing it: we’re already on the last day I think. Isn’t Derek lucky to have such helpful chums! And look at the two bullets • • Alex is bravely taking tonight, sparing Derek the injury. Fantastic chums we are. I see that the new tasting mats incl...
by AHB
18:06 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The best intentions and futility of scoring port
Replies: 15
Views: 1580

The best intentions and futility of scoring port

I thought for a laugh and to get me in the mood for drinking some port later in the day, that I would take a look at the ports that I have drunk so far in 2007 and see how I have scored them. Remember, according to Tom's scale I am supposed to award my 5% best ports of the year a 10, the next best 1...
by AHB
17:09 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Warre
Replies: 7
Views: 3315

7 hours in the decanter before tasting. Mid red colour, thinning but holding into the rim. A candied nose, a little like Turkish Delight. Slightly bitter entry, very acidic but had good redcurrant development in the midpalate. Nicely integrated in the mouth but the finish starts off very hot before ...
by AHB
17:07 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Sandeman
Replies: 3
Views: 2565

Double decanted for 13 hours prior to serving. Slightly cloudy appearance with an opaque centre and a touch of orange on the rim. Sweet stewed rhubarb on the nose with All Spice pepping things up. A bitter entry, hugely acidic with sweetness in the background but dominated by the acidity bringing ma...
by AHB
17:06 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 4
Views: 3142

Double decanted for 6 hours before serving. Lighter red colour, oranging on the rim. A high toned edge to the nose along with roasted courgette and a mustiness. There was some discussion as to whether this was corked or not - Jeff and I decided that it was although not too badly. However, I did find...
by AHB
17:04 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Rebello Valente
Replies: 5
Views: 3238

1977 Rebello Valente

Double decanted for 7 hours before being tasted. Light centre, pale rim, weak / watery looking orange rim. Chocolate and cocoa powder on the nose, with some odd cabbaginess. Sweet and full bodied entry but with a dirty and earthy mid-palate. The bottle stink on this wine blew off after an hour or tw...
by AHB
16:56 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Kopke
Replies: 4
Views: 2685

Double decanted for 12 hours off a large amount of heavy sediment - heavy enough to have been able to decant 24 hours after having been flown across the Atlantic! A deep cherry red colour. A warm and inviting nose with sweet raspberries, a touch of menthol and even some blood orange. Over a relative...
by AHB
16:46 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Warre
Replies: 5
Views: 3098

7 hours in decanter before tasting. Light centre, ruby core with the ruby paling towards the edge. Very well developed nose, with sweet cranberries and red liquorice. A mouth filling entry with lots of liquorice also showing on the mid-palate. Lovely balance in the mouth. The aftertaste is warm and ...
by AHB
16:44 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: New York, 29 October 2007
Replies: 21
Views: 9331

Overall Summary

The tasting notes for the individual ports are posted elsewhere, but I thought a summary might be useful of our thoughts on the overall wines. Towards the end of the evening we went around the table and said which of the ports was our port of the night. The voting was: jdaw1 - (1) Graham 85 (2) Warr...
by AHB
16:36 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Port Media's TN Scores.
Replies: 2
Views: 933

There are as many lists as there are reviewers. I think you can sort Roy's list by score, you can certainly sort Wine Spectator's list by score, probably eRobertParker also has scores. I know we're fighting a losing battle here, but don't get hung up on scores. Go by the narrative and the palates of...
by AHB
16:30 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: 2000 Noval Unfiltered LBV
Replies: 39
Views: 5394

I'd like to suggest that to help Derek's willpower that the rather splendid Tasting Mats be amended slightly so that there is a separate mat for each day. That way Derek can pour all four glasses on Monday and know which one can be drunk on each night. Clearly, once the confusion has been removed De...
by AHB
16:24 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: New York, 29 October 2007
Replies: 21
Views: 9331

Re: walked heavily and opened and closed doors noisily

Other than that, feeling OK this morning. I was a bit "seedy" first thing in the morning, but by the time I had had my venti Earl Grey tea, fruit salad for breakfast and sat on the train for an hour I was fine. 10am meeting was no problem at all. Thankfully Andy has an earlier start than me tomorro...
by AHB
16:20 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: New York, 29 October 2007
Replies: 21
Views: 9331

Did you have to nip off to chop down some redwoods at some stage in the evening? This is my traditional port drinking wear. Note that despite the close proximity of the camera to my shirt you cannot make out any of the port stains or spills that slopped down my front during the evening. Very carefu...
by AHB
16:17 Wed 31 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 126
Views: 41319

Hilton Universal City, Los Angeles

I had a look at the Room Service menu last night when I checked into my latest hotel. The good news is that they actually have port available on their room service menu. They offer Fonseca Bin 27 by the bottle for the bargain price of $65 (£32.20). I didn't have any - don't want to ruin my tastebuds...
by AHB
17:50 Tue 30 Oct 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: New York, 29 October 2007
Replies: 21
Views: 9331

Derek T. wrote:Incidentally, that glass in it's funny little coffin is always with AHB wherever he goes. Did he keep all the cork fragments?
One should always be prepared for those unexpected eventualities when strangers offer you mature vintage ports. The best way is with your own glass!

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