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by RAYC
21:42 Mon 26 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is this Fonseca (Guimaraens) 1947?
Replies: 14
Views: 1722

Re: Is this Fonseca (Guimaraens) 1947?

Earlier this evening went to check the bottles. I decided to take them, they look in pretty good shape (all three have levels in the upper shoulder of the bottles, no signs of leakage). The capsules mention (as far as I can read): shipped solely by Guimaraens & Co Porto. I've not seen this statment...
by RAYC
21:41 Mon 26 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is this Fonseca (Guimaraens) 1947?
Replies: 14
Views: 1722

Re: Is this Fonseca (Guimaraens) 1947?

Fonseca have some quite good information about the history of the firm on their website: link While the "producer" or "house" that we now refer to as Fonseca Guimaraens seems to have existed in a number of legal forms (both corporate and partnership) in UK and Oporto over the years, there's nothing ...
by RAYC
11:36 Thu 15 Jan 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger, Port from the 1970s
Replies: 69
Views: 17602

Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Unfortunaately i am out of the country from the previous Friday for a couple of weeks
by RAYC
11:34 Thu 15 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crusted port database
Replies: 297
Views: 68108

Re: Crusted port database

Of course there might be exceptions, but this is the default. Yes - it was just that that particular listing, in contrast to some of the other auction listings, did not specify that this was the bottling date (and Andy's subsequent reference to "Port of this year" gave me pause for thought given wh...
by RAYC
10:36 Thu 15 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crusted port database
Replies: 297
Views: 68108

Re: Crusted port database

Auction, Christie’s, 30 March 1978. http://www.jdawiseman.com/2015/20150114_19780330_Ck73crusted.png (Reproduced by kind permission of Christie’s ; my picture #24516.) Being my birth year, If anyone comes across any of these let me know or buy them. Port from this year is quite hard to come by, tho...
by RAYC
03:25 Mon 12 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General query on maturity in half bottles
Replies: 48
Views: 5937

Re: General query on maturity in half bottles

And could introducing Oporto-stored halves into this mix risk fouling the water somewhat, since they'd possibly be even more advanced than English-cellared? Personally I don't think that the results will count for much unless they are all oporto-cellared and from one of the recent ex-cellars releas...
by RAYC
11:39 Fri 09 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Start a vintage collection
Replies: 32
Views: 4144

Re: Start a vintage collection

PhilW wrote:As others have suggested, another option would be to buy a few individual bottles and join us for some tastings in London if you are able
OP lives close to Copenhagen, which has a very active port scene from what i understand.
by RAYC
02:04 Fri 09 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Start a vintage collection
Replies: 32
Views: 4144

Re: Start a vintage collection

(ii) consider allocating some of your initial budget not to purchasing large quantities of bottles for storage / consumption at home but in attending tastings so that you can work out where your tastes lie and have the opportunity to try a lot more different bottles than if you only open from your ...
by RAYC
22:29 Thu 08 Jan 2015
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2062
Views: 301710

Re: Apostrophe crimes

LGTrotter wrote:the 77s with a reputation for problems are I think Dow, Nierpoort, Taylor
Not sure if this is a running joke that i've missed the point of!!
by RAYC
19:49 Thu 08 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Start a vintage collection
Replies: 32
Views: 4144

Re: Start a vintage collection

I'd like to jump on this wagon by asking a not-entirely unrelated question: having only gone as far back as 1985 in my forays into vintage port, which vintages, and indeed, port houses, are especially prone to TCA and make any purchases of such a port to be too risky? I've heard a lot of '77s are q...
by RAYC
16:47 Thu 08 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Start a vintage collection
Replies: 32
Views: 4144

Re: Start a vintage collection

The Ch85 seems especially good value given that it showed better that both the T85 and F85 at a tasting we had when Glenn was over last year. Forgot that. Yes, very true. Also agree with all Rob (RAYC) says. I notice on FTLOP some people recommended Fonseca 85 maybe. I think this is a nice idea but...
by RAYC
14:21 Thu 08 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Start a vintage collection
Replies: 32
Views: 4144

Re: Start a vintage collection

Looks like a nice collection, perhaps a bit overweight on 83s (unless you were born in 1983) - personally i think you would have more fun re-allocating part of that budget to 1970! Gould Campbell 77 is often a great port but be prepared (especially, it seems, if purchasing in single bottles) for a h...
by RAYC
19:00 Tue 06 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Most evolved halves - G90 or W87 ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1835

Re: Most evolved halves - G90 or W87 ?

Don't most storage facilities offer single bottle withdrawals nowadays? Possibly, but Seckfords seem to avoid holding bottles that are not part of a 9l case / half case unit (unless shipped in bond eg: as a 3-pack / single bottle / large format) - i seem to recall this was something to do with thei...
by RAYC
14:22 Tue 06 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Most evolved halves - G90 or W87 ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1835

Re: Most evolved halves - G90 or W87 ?

If at seckfords, they may well allow you to do a 6 + 6 split (I have a number of 3-bottle cases in storage there, so it is a volume they recognise). Have not had Cavadinha 87, but re-reading my old note on a half bottle of GM90 from June 2013 (which is likely to be from the same Symington shipment a...
by RAYC
19:47 Sun 04 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Handwriting questions
Replies: 258
Views: 31958

Re: Quint. do Noval 1919: a question of handwriting

jdaw1 wrote: • Mg60 — “Med pale col. Rich & straw col. Light. V fwd easy & soft”. Of this, the word I think most open to challenge is the “soft”.
For reasons Daniel states, I also think "V good" rather than "V fwd" (and to me the word looks the same as the last word in the previous note on Morgan 60)
by RAYC
19:31 Sun 04 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Handwriting questions
Replies: 258
Views: 31958

Re: Quint. do Noval 1919: a question of handwriting

jdaw1 wrote: • Mg60 — “Med pale col. Rich & straw col.
The two "col."s do not look like the same word to me
by RAYC
19:22 Sun 04 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Handwriting questions
Replies: 258
Views: 31958

Re: Quint. do Noval 1919: a question of handwriting

jdaw1 wrote: Musky
Rather than "musty"?
by RAYC
18:12 Sun 04 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: GrandVinWineMerchants mybe worst retailer I have dealt with
Replies: 4
Views: 1295

Re: GrandVinWineMerchants mybe worst retailer I have dealt w

If i understand your post correctly: - in order to save on admin on both sides, you were happy to keep the extra Fonsecas and cancel the order for the Warre 2011. You expected to pay the price for the Fonsecas - but offset against (i) the costs of the extra shipping that would be involved in rectify...
by RAYC
11:42 Tue 30 Dec 2014
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Tapatalk 2 with TPF & iPhone
Replies: 213
Views: 30596

Re: Tapatalk 2 with TPF & iPhone

I've always preferred viewing the full site on mobile browser rather than using tapatalk.

However, I do find it frustrating that I frequently receive the pop-up message suggesting that I visit apple store for the tapatalk app. Anyone know how to turn that off?
by RAYC
00:37 Tue 30 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 158
Views: 34645

Re: Pointless Statistics

I think figures in brackets are for last year. Page 2 of this thread contains discussion of how AHB classifies sqvp
by RAYC
22:20 Mon 29 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 158
Views: 34645

Re: Pointless Statistics

Time to make some more tappit hens then....3 should do it if you drink a further bottle while you work!
by RAYC
23:24 Fri 26 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Quinta do Noval Silval
Replies: 1
Views: 938

Re: 1999 Quinta do Noval Silval

Since they buy in grapes from outside the estate for this port, I think this is just "Noval Silval" (without the "quinta do")
by RAYC
23:19 Fri 26 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Summarise a vintage, concisely
Replies: 163
Views: 16653

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

Graham 83 is a serious candidate for port of the 80s, in my view. Ramos Pinto, Niepoort and Warre 83 have all been drinking very nicely over past couple of years. Gould Campbell shows good promise. I had my doubts about this vintage for some time, but now I think it no better or worse than 80 or 85....
by RAYC
23:20 Wed 24 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Advice please Gentlemen
Replies: 107
Views: 11788

Re: Advice please Gentlemen

LGTrotter wrote:I quote; "They have been with a 3rd party supplier until recently, good condition, not recorked."

I wonder who the 3rd man was? Cue zither music...
Opened one of these recently-purchased SW 77s earlier - the BBR stock have definitely been recorked (will post photo in New Year).
by RAYC
22:51 Wed 24 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Sandeman 20YO Tawny (Bottled 2013)
Replies: 8
Views: 1945

Re: 20Y Sandeman tawny

When were your respective bottles opened? [edit: I meant when were they "bottled"] I recently had a 2011 bottling from an old order we put in with the UK distributors just before a 2013 bottling freshly purchased from Waitrose, and the extra couple of years in bottle had (to my taste) been very bene...