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by PhilW
09:27 Tue 04 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1
Replies: 87
Views: 16453

Re: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1

PhilW wrote:Nov 7,8 maybe
I can upgrade my "maybe" to a "probably" for the 8th. I might have to leave slightly earlier (around 10ish) as I will be unable to stay overnight in London due to commitments the following day - If that's all ok please include me :)

Phil.
by PhilW
16:19 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 17 November 2011 - GC/SW/QH triple vertical
Replies: 64
Views: 12056

Re: 17 November 2011 - GC/SW/QH triple vertical

More than happy to go ahead with the full plan :D
by PhilW
11:59 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Martinez
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

Re: 1970 Martinez

Very full and spicy flavour, but ruined for me by VA. Possibly very good without the VA.
by PhilW
11:58 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Offley Boa Vista
Replies: 7
Views: 1967

Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Medium colour, simple straightforward port but very pleasant drinking. Best 70 of this offline for me (although possibly only because the Martinez was VA tainted). Very good.
by PhilW
11:56 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Croft
Replies: 3
Views: 1508

Re: 1970 Croft

Medium colour and quite dry in the mouth; Not huge or long (at least compared with the other ports in this offline), but very nice. Slightly acid, but seemed as though it would pair superbly with soft blue cheese (and I will buy a bottle to do exactly that). Very good.
by PhilW
11:55 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1996 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 5
Views: 1697

Re: 1996 Vesuvio

Dark, very very intense tight-nosed blackcurrants; absolutely packed with flavour and fruit. Very nice and will be extremely interesting to see what this is like in another 5-10yr. Very good.
by PhilW
11:53 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Croft
Replies: 4
Views: 1534

Re: 1991 Croft

Horrible smell - blackberries smelling more like rotting cabbages. Taste similar. Others liked(?) and felt was potential future stunner; my worst of the night for current drinking (to the extent I gave my glass away). Bad.
by PhilW
11:50 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Warre
Replies: 5
Views: 1576

Re: 1977 Warre

Light-medium in colour (lighter than the usual W77); Good nose and flavour - full, spicy and well rounded though without quite as much wood as typical. Very good / Excellent.
by PhilW
11:46 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Niepoort
Replies: 4
Views: 1607

Re: 1977 Niepoort

Light to medium in colour, minimal nose intially. In the mouth a lovely (slightly light) flavour, very smooth and slightly sweet. Very Good / Excellent.
by PhilW
11:36 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1878

Re: TCA Taint removal

I haven't yet received a reply to my last follow-up email asking regarding viability of vacuum method for single bottle use. I have also asked whether they could supply a couple of sample FIBRAFIX TX-R mini-filters for us to use for own our trial, but my contact is away until early October.
by PhilW
11:27 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Reviews
Topic: A Ragbag of Good Port, Mon 19 Sept 2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3451

Re: A Ragbag of Good Port, Mon 19 Sept 2011

You are all being less than industrious about posting proper TNs in the threads made to hold them ( Mz70 , O70 , Cr70 , V96 , Ni77 , W77 , Cr91 , Mg91 ). Please type and post. Fair comment; I don't think my notes make great reading for others, but will post them later anyway. I personally prefer re...
by PhilW
11:19 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 17 November 2011 - GC/SW/QH triple vertical
Replies: 64
Views: 12056

Re: 17 November 2011 - GC/SW/QH triple vertical

Agree with all above re: not taking Rob's kind underwriting offer; We should share the cost of whatever is decided we do. If we're pruning, it seems like we have a few options, with different preferences from people; Certainly we could pare back from a 24-bottle tasting at RAF club if we are slightl...
by PhilW
12:54 Thu 22 Sep 2011
Forum: Reviews
Topic: A Ragbag of Good Port, Mon 19 Sept 2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3451

Re: A Ragbag of Good Port, Mon 19 Sept 2011

Echoing Derek and Rob, it was certainly an excellent evening, with some superb port. I liked the differences of opinion as it generated some good discussions; especially when it came to the WOTN - where the first vote for "best drinking now" was ok, but the second vote for "WOTN - according to whate...
by PhilW
12:32 Tue 20 Sep 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1
Replies: 87
Views: 16453

Re: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1

Congratulations on both counts :D
We raised a glass to you and your newborn in absentia when we heard the news last night at the offline and am sure will do so again in person.

Phil.

edit for dates:
- Oct 31, Nov 1 are both possible
- Nov 7,8 maybe
others between Oct24-early Dec not viable for me.
by PhilW
15:16 Fri 16 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1878

Re: TCA Taint removal

I've had an initial reply from the manufacturer of the FIBRAFIX TX-R, which indicated they didn't think it would be likely suitable for single-bottle use; However, the "mini-capsule" is their smallest version (don't know actual size, although I have a photo) and the requirement is liquid under press...
by PhilW
09:50 Fri 16 Sep 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 19 September in London at The Steak Exchange
Replies: 58
Views: 10120

Re: 19 September in London at The Steak Exchange

Hi guys - mind if I join you on Monday? I wasn't expecting to be able to make it, which would have been ironic since you have 2 of my 3 favourite ports on the menu (with the other, F70, being banned on criteria), but issues have resolved which mean I would be able to attend. I had a quick chat with ...
by PhilW
17:41 Mon 12 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1878

Re: TCA Taint removal

I'd have to play with a piece to remind myself how to do it, but there is an old bit of lab origami that involves folding a filter paper in such a way as to increase the flow rate by increasing the surface area, and keeping part of it away from the funnel wall at the same time. With a small vacuum ...
by PhilW
11:23 Mon 12 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1878

Re: TCA Taint removal

There is a system for batch-testing corks for TCA - Does anyone have the detail of the testing system used? In the reading around the subject I've been doing, one method appears to be to soak a batch of corks in a 'representative simple wine' for a defined period, measuring the TCA present in the s...
by PhilW
13:10 Fri 09 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1997 Warre VP for $40?
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: 1997 Warre VP for $40?

Nice, congrats :) I'm still a port auction virgin at the moment (not counting ebay!) and have not yet registered etc so have only been watching and information gathering. I would have bid on Lot3 (6xW91, 6xW94, 12xW97, went for £805). I'd also have been tempted by the 12xW00, 12xW03, 12xW07 which we...
by PhilW
12:59 Fri 09 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1878

Re: TCA Taint removal

I also came across this which appears to be one of the methods used by wine manufacturers prior to bottling. Although it looks as though it is only supplied for commercial high volume use, I wondered if it might be possible for us to obtain samples of this to test decanting through next time a TCA-t...
by PhilW
08:59 Fri 09 Sep 2011
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: EU purchasing/import regulations?
Replies: 2
Views: 2160

Re: EU purchasing/import regulations?

Thanks Jacob; On this occaison it's only a small quantity so limits should not be an issue. I was also thinking ahead regarding future Douro visit options - options could be visiting by motorbike (very limited options for carrying bottle home, but great journey), car with friend (greater carrying ca...
by PhilW
09:32 Thu 08 Sep 2011
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: EU purchasing/import regulations?
Replies: 2
Views: 2160

EU purchasing/import regulations?

I used to travel regularly to Europe and transatlantic, but have done so very little in the last few years. As I'm currently considering purchase of some Brandy from Germany as a present for my wife, I find I have no idea on the current rules regarding import (quantities, costs etc) - anyone know of...
by PhilW
08:58 Thu 08 Sep 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 254287

Re: Apostrophe crimes

For me, it is the combination of "almost" and "exactly" that makes the phrase strange. "Almost" says this is not precise. "Exactly" says that it is. I'd be fine with "almost 56.9 cl" or "just over 56.8 cl". To reinforce Julian's point, if you bought 11 bottles of Port then "almost a case" works whi...
by PhilW
08:38 Thu 08 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time and cork flavour musings
Replies: 12
Views: 1311

Re: Decanting time and cork flavour musings

2. The nose quickly acclimatises to TCA, so it becomes less obvious on each sniff Personally, i don't find this (though have heard other people mention the phenomenon). Again, especially where the taint if minor, it might take a while for my mind to distinguish the exact nature of the imperfection ...
by PhilW
16:03 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 254287

Re: Apostrophe crimes

In that case would "Almost 2.736252776" not also be acceptable in the same context, meaning a number slightly less than 2.736252776 within a 'reasonable' range (whatever 'reasonable' means in the particular context, but in the same manner as whatever range 'about' would mean in the same context) ?