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by Andy Velebil
01:23 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 1191

2017 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port

2017 Quinta da Romaneira Vintage Port A very fragrant nose of esteva, plums and perfume. That esteva also pops up in the mouth along with flowers, plums, licorice, black fruit and elegant yet bold tannins. The acidity gives this lift and freshness as it transitions into the long finish. This Port ha...
by Andy Velebil
01:22 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 1213

2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port

2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port Slightly darker in color compared to the regular Noval with a similar nose. Cracked pepper dominates on the tip of the tongue with a wave of tannins coming on its heels. Slightly drier than the regular bottling yet still full of fresh layers of fruit. That ...
by Andy Velebil
01:22 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 1209

2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port A dark inky purple with a nose chalked full of black fruit and roses. The palate also had deep black fruit, pepper, eucalyptus, tons of tannins and searing acidity. Tons of complexity and layers in this magnificent Port. It becomes slightly sweeter until the dusty t...
by Andy Velebil
01:22 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Krohn Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 1141

2017 Krohn Vintage Port

2017 Krohn Vintage Port There was something on the nose I couldn’t quite place, perhaps peach mixed with plums. Regardless, it was very enticing aromas. Lots of plums, menthol, cassis and a moderate amount of tannins. A solidly long finish was an extension of the palate. Perhaps the best Krohn’s VP ...
by Andy Velebil
01:21 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 1140

2017 Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port

2017 Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port The fourth release. This represents about 4% of total production from Quinta dos Malvedos. Yields are roughly 1,100 kilos per hectare, which is a tiny amount. Squid ink describes the dark color of this. It has some passion fruit up front in the mouth, th...
by Andy Velebil
01:21 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Graham’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 960

2017 Graham’s Vintage Port

2017 Graham’s Vintage Port Picking started on 28 August and finished on the 15th of September, the latter is when picking normally starts. A exceptionally dark color. Loads of aromatic violets on the nose. A much sweeter profile was immediately noticeable followed by cracked pepper, tobacco leaf, ch...
by Andy Velebil
01:21 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Fonseca Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 895

2017 Fonseca Vintage Port

2017 Fonseca Vintage Port From three Quinta’s, Cruzeiro, Santo Antonio and its backbone Panascal. Lots of red stone fruit on the nose. While the palate had bold tannins, huge fresh dark fruit, plenty of acidity and a granite-like chalkiness. An incredibly long and dry finish, yet fresh at the same t...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Dow’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 836

2017 Dow’s Vintage Port

2017 Dow’s Vintage Port One of the darkest of the bunch. The nose had sweet and dense black fruit and esteva. In the mouth there was a touch of youthful spirit, lovely spices, menthol and mocha. A very long dusty finish with tobacco leaf rounded out a wonderful Port. As usual this is a slightly drie...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Croft Quinta da Roeda Serikos Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 653

2017 Croft Quinta da Roeda Serikos Vintage Port

2017 Croft Quinta da Roeda Serikos Vintage Port From three old-vine plots (Benedita, Ferradura, and Galeria) planted between 1889 and 1900. This had a more purple color to it than the regular Croft. There was less passion fruit on the nose than the regular Croft. While the palate was similar to the ...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Croft Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 635

2017 Croft Vintage Port

2017 Croft Vintage Port Tad lighter in color than the Cockburn’s. Lots of passion fruit on the nose, which has become this VP’s trade mark. The palate also had passion fruit with bold fruit under lying it. Huge tannins and excellent acidity. An amazingly long finish full of dusty tannins and good st...
by Andy Velebil
01:20 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Cockburn’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 606

2017 Cockburn’s Vintage Port

2017 Cockburn’s Vintage Port Very dark glass staining color. A nose full of ripe plums and esteva. Plenty of tannins with a good streak of acidity, cracked pepper, chocolate, plums and a very long finish. This appeared to be a touch drier profile than usual. This is made from grapes from two Quinta’...
by Andy Velebil
01:19 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2017 Vintage Port Tasting Recap with Notes and other information
Replies: 8
Views: 2625

2017 Vintage Port Tasting Recap with Notes and other information

2017 VINTAGE PORT TASTING San Francisco, California May 09, 2019 A lot of rumors have been circulating about how good the 2017 Vintage Ports are. So I went to see for myself if the hype was true. Thankfully it was only a short flight up to San Francisco to join the Houses of The Fladgate Partnership...
by Andy Velebil
04:31 Tue 07 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2017 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 8162

Re: 2017 Declarations

General declarations in reverse order: 2017, 2016, 2011, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1994, (1991/1992), 1985, 1983, 1980, 1977, 1975, 1970, 1966, 1963, 1960... As you can see, there have been roughly 3 general declarations per decade for at least the last 50 years. (1991/1992 was what is known as a spl...
by Andy Velebil
04:27 Tue 07 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: Vintage 2017

Just a nit-picking thing. Niepoort is not a small producer. They make and sell a ton of bottles every year, all combined. They are difficult to find in the USA because of his importer, Martine's Wines, who doesn't do a great job marketing them, in my opinion.
by Andy Velebil
16:00 Sun 05 May 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Another day in Paradise
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: Another day in Paradise

Excellent line up!

How were the Niepoort dry wines?
by Andy Velebil
04:25 Mon 08 Apr 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: cellared Vintage port for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1679

Re: cellared Vintage port for sale

All are full case (x12 bottles). I believe this is a genuinely rare opportunity to buy class port which has been stored and looked after properly. Unfortunately I don’t drink the stuff! It is in my cellar in Wiltshire! While it’s always good to have VP, it’s not a rare opportunity. You’ll have issu...
by Andy Velebil
19:58 Sun 24 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experience with BI Wines
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

Experience with BI Wines

Hello folks. Any of you have experience with buying from www.biwine.com ? As I am intending to do a fairly decent size order and they only will accept bank transfer I am doing my due diligence. Thank you for any assistance in this matter. Thomas Never heard of them. They appear to stock almost ever...
by Andy Velebil
06:49 Sat 09 Mar 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Image format test
Replies: 15
Views: 4177

Image format test

iPhone and Tapatalk. P

Edit: Opps. Didn’t realize a second pic. Can’t see second pic.


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by Andy Velebil
01:07 Sat 02 Feb 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Well I never...
Replies: 7
Views: 2657

Re: Well I never...

Cool!
by Andy Velebil
15:04 Thu 24 Jan 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Sell collection
Replies: 24
Views: 5688

Re: Sell collection

If someone has offered you 80% of retail, take it. You won't do any better in a private sale here in the states.
by Andy Velebil
14:00 Sun 30 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1151
Views: 232326

Re: Port for sale by retailer

My local Tesco has just stocked its shelves with the new Tesco Finest Vintage Port, this one is also from the Symingtons but is now the 2007 vintage. Still £20 a bottle (at full price). Next to it is the Malvedos 2004, currently reduced from £27.50 to also be £20 per bottle. 2004 Malvedos is very g...
by Andy Velebil
05:42 Thu 27 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Help with unlabeled bottle
Replies: 9
Views: 2265

Re: Help with unlabeled bottle

Bummer, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose with older bottles. but one never never knows until they try. Thanks for the update.


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by Andy Velebil
06:58 Mon 24 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2003 Graham's First Flight Colheita Port
Replies: 0
Views: 774

2003 Graham's First Flight Colheita Port

Tonight I finally opened my bottle. Bottled in 2017. Bought at Frankfurt airport in October 2018 for, IIRC, 35 Euros. The color is a medium/light ruby-tea color. A bit of a waxy and baked plum nose. The palate started out somewhat thick and lacking in acidity with a dominate flavor of baked plums. T...
by Andy Velebil
06:58 Mon 24 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's First Flight 2003
Replies: 12
Views: 5201

Re: Graham's First Flight 2003

Tonight I finally opened my bottle. I'll post here then cross post to it's own TN. Bottled in 2017. Bought at Frankfurt airport in October 2018 for, IIRC, 35 Euros. The color is a medium/light ruby-tea color. A bit of a waxy and baked plum nose. The palate started out somewhat thick and lacking in a...
by Andy Velebil
06:52 Sun 23 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Help with unlabeled bottle
Replies: 9
Views: 2265

Re: Help with unlabeled bottle

It appears to have a T-cork (see the serrated sides on the top). If so, this would be a cheaper Port. Something like an LBV or Ruby Reserve, etc. Depending on how it was stored, it may still be at least decent. Hope for the best when you open it but prepare for the worst with a backup bottle at the ...