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by John Owlett
23:39 Sat 14 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: The Book
Replies: 64
Views: 13525

Re: Port Vintages: The Book

DRT wrote:So perhaps an as yet unreleased Panascal?
That's possible, of course ... but it's been more than 14 years since the vintage. Wouldn't that be rather a long time in which not to announce an SQVP?
by John Owlett
23:04 Sat 14 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: The Book
Replies: 64
Views: 13525

Re: Port Vintages: The Book

Hi Julian, Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 1999. This is not in The Book, nor is it listed on the Fonseca website, but Richard Mayson reports tasting it on 25 May 2011 on the Vintage Port Notes section of his website: http://www.richardmayson.com/Vintage_Port_Notes/2011/05/25/Taylor_Fonseca_and_Croft_199...
by John Owlett
23:03 Fri 13 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 'Vintage Character'?
Replies: 2
Views: 1368

Re: 'Vintage Character'?

According to the latest (2013) edition of Port and the Douro , this phrase has been replaced by "'reserve' ( reserva in Portuguese)". "Under the terms of the 2002 legislation, the words Finest, Especial or Special may be used with either ruby or reserve. The expression 'Special Reserve', so long ass...
by John Owlett
16:58 Thu 12 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: When will the '94s be ready?
Replies: 40
Views: 3409

Re: When will the '94s be ready?

Thank you. Most useful. Shall do.

I went down to the cellar this afternoon, and opened the first of the 1997 Niepoort cases. Fortunately, there are no signs of leakage.

John
by John Owlett
23:36 Wed 11 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: The Book
Replies: 64
Views: 13525

Re: Port Vintages: The Book

Hi Julian, I surf too much. A few days ago I was reading a recent entry to Richard Mayson's blog http://www.richardmayson.com/Vintage_Port_Notes/ an entry from 16 September called "Recent Vintages of Noval and Noval Nacional (plus 1963 Nacional)" in which Mayson gives a tasting note for 2004 Naciona...
by John Owlett
23:00 Wed 11 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: When will the '94s be ready?
Replies: 40
Views: 3409

Re: When will the '94s be ready?

Thank you, Julian. The information you've requested is in no way secret, so here is probably more than you need. A gross simplification of the West's increasing longevity is that, on average (and nobody is average), a man lives to be 6 years older than his father; a woman lives to be 6 years older t...
by John Owlett
20:59 Wed 11 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: When will the '94s be ready?
Replies: 40
Views: 3409

Re: When will the '94s be ready?

Thank you again.

We are fortunate enough to have a wine cellar under our house, and that's where much of our Port, including the 1997 Niepoort, is stored.

One of the delights of a community like this is that different minds will latch onto things which I hadn't realized were important.

Later,

John
by John Owlett
20:54 Wed 11 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: When is a port mature?
Replies: 7
Views: 2851

Re: When is a port mature?

A super post from Glenn, making distinctions I found most helpful. "At its peak" means, well, that it has reached its zenith and probably will not improve any further. I use "peak" somewhat loosely, though, because I don't mean to imply that it is about to decline. Most Ports will stay at their peak...
by John Owlett
11:06 Wed 11 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: When will the '94s be ready?
Replies: 40
Views: 3409

Re: When will the '94s be ready?

Thank you for the links about 1997 Niepoort. I already have the Niepoort, which I bought a long time ago. In the first years following its release, the independent reviews I read praised it ... of course, the reviewers did not know then the problems with leakage and volatile acidity that have since ...
by John Owlett
18:27 Tue 10 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: When will the '94s be ready?
Replies: 40
Views: 3409

Re: When will the '94s be ready?

But John, I recommend you stick to your 25 year drinking plan because then we can't be accused of encouraging you to buy more than you will drink! But of course, if you want any help in deciding the order in which to open the bottles in your cellar then we'd love to argue about it here! Thank you. ...
by John Owlett
16:01 Mon 09 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: When will the '94s be ready?
Replies: 40
Views: 3409

Re: When will the '94s be ready?

Thank you for picking up this theme, Alex for it's the main reason I've emerged from lurking on the forums again. I stopped posting to the Port forums a few years ago, when it became clear that you folk were encouraging me to buy far more Port than I could drink in a lifetime! At that time, I had en...
by John Owlett
23:22 Sun 08 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1106
Views: 214952

Re: Port for sale by retailer

For those of you in the South of England, within driving distance of Basingstoke, BBR has put bin ends of port from between 1970 and 1994 -- mainly SW, GC and QH -- on sale in its Basingstoke shop, at 25% discount. Available, I believe, to callers only. There are, or were, a couple of dozen 1994 War...
by John Owlett
23:49 Wed 04 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: The Book
Replies: 64
Views: 13525

Re: Port Vintages: The Book

Hi Julian, Reading through the Taylor chapter this evening, I noticed a few places where the latest version of the taylor.pt website disagrees with The Book. 1922: You quote Amanda Brunner as writing, "We have no record of this vintage." Yet http://www.taylor.pt/en/catalogue/vintage/port-wine/classi...