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by flash_uk
10:36 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Fonseca
Replies: 1
Views: 316

1985 Fonseca

Magnus was scheduled to attend a conference in London and organised to bring some bottles out of storage in the interest of doing a "health check" on them. Links: Review of the event as a whole ; 1970 Graham ; 1977 Fonseca ; 1980 Warre ; 1985 Graham ; 1985 Taylor ; 1985 Fonseca; 1994 Offley ; 1994 R...
by flash_uk
10:36 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Taylor
Replies: 1
Views: 298

1985 Taylor

Magnus was scheduled to attend a conference in London and organised to bring some bottles out of storage in the interest of doing a "health check" on them. Links: Review of the event as a whole ; 1970 Graham ; 1977 Fonseca ; 1980 Warre ; 1985 Graham ; 1985 Taylor; 1985 Fonseca ; 1994 Offley ; 1994 R...
by flash_uk
10:35 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 314

1985 Graham

Magnus was scheduled to attend a conference in London and organised to bring some bottles out of storage in the interest of doing a "health check" on them. Links: Review of the event as a whole ; 1970 Graham ; 1977 Fonseca ; 1980 Warre ; 1985 Graham; 1985 Taylor ; 1985 Fonseca ; 1994 Offley ; 1994 R...
by flash_uk
10:35 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Warre
Replies: 1
Views: 292

1980 Warre

Magnus was scheduled to attend a conference in London and organised to bring some bottles out of storage in the interest of doing a "health check" on them. Links: Review of the event as a whole ; 1970 Graham ; 1977 Fonseca ; 1980 Warre; 1985 Graham ; 1985 Taylor ; 1985 Fonseca ; 1994 Offley ; 1994 R...
by flash_uk
10:35 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Fonseca
Replies: 1
Views: 318

1977 Fonseca

Magnus was scheduled to attend a conference in London and organised to bring some bottles out of storage in the interest of doing a "health check" on them. Links: Review of the event as a whole ; 1970 Graham ; 1977 Fonseca; 1980 Warre ; 1985 Graham ; 1985 Taylor ; 1985 Fonseca ; 1994 Offley ; 1994 R...
by flash_uk
10:34 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 311

1970 Graham

Magnus was scheduled to attend a conference in London and organised to bring some bottles out of storage in the interest of doing a "health check" on them. Links: Review of the event as a whole ; 1970 Graham; 1977 Fonseca ; 1980 Warre ; 1985 Graham ; 1985 Taylor ; 1985 Fonseca ; 1994 Offley ; 1994 R...
by flash_uk
10:08 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 17th April 2018: cellar reduction and health check
Replies: 4
Views: 795

Re: Tue 17th April 2018: cellar reduction and health check

Many many thanks to Magnus for his generous invitation to review some ports he has in storage. Also thanks to Ian and Tony for additional bottles.The simple conclusion for the "healthcheck" was that many of the ports are in superb shape. The 1985s were some of the best I had tasted, G70 was in super...
by flash_uk
09:59 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 17th April 2018: cellar reduction and health check
Replies: 4
Views: 795

Tue 17th April 2018: cellar reduction and health check

Magnus was scheduled to attend a conference in London and organised to bring some bottles out of storage in the interest of doing a "health check" on them. Links: Review of the event as a whole ; 1970 Graham ; 1977 Fonseca ; 1980 Warre ; 1985 Graham ; 1985 Taylor ; 1985 Fonseca ; 1994 Offley ; 1994 ...
by flash_uk
08:28 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port by retailer in London
Replies: 11
Views: 1343

Re: Vintage Port by retailer in London

DRT wrote:
08:24 Fri 20 Apr 2018
Harrods also have quite a few VP's available off-the-shelf, but at Harrods' prices.
As do Selfridges, at Selfridges' prices.
by flash_uk
13:50 Tue 17 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 17th April 2018: cellar reduction and health check
Replies: 40
Views: 4095

Re: Tue 17th April 2018: cellar reduction and health check

Let me know if any printing is required. Although it will be 6-ish before I get there.
by flash_uk
10:45 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 43
Views: 5106

Re: 2016 Declarations

Am I right in thinking none of QH, Mz or GC had an associated Quinta? I think that is quite significant. Anything produced under any of these brands would now be "a port wine produced from grapes/wines sourced from various places" Correct - but bear in mind that blending vintage ports has always ha...
by flash_uk
09:58 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 43
Views: 5106

Re: 2016 Declarations

Am I right in thinking none of QH, Mz or GC had an associated Quinta? I think that is quite significant. Anything produced under any of these brands would now be "a port wine produced from grapes/wines sourced from various places". What would be distinctive about say, Martinez versus Gould Campbell ...
by flash_uk
12:09 Sat 14 Apr 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 10 April 2018, A Second Wind for 1963s?, Boot & Flogger
Replies: 13
Views: 1400

Re: Tue 10 April 2018, A Second Wind for 1963s?, Boot & Flogger

Many thanks to Julian for organising this one, and to all those who helped with decanting and pouring on the day. A few duff bottles as noted above, and based on this tasting, even for those ports showing best I don't think they have improved in the last few years and have if anything slipped a frac...
by flash_uk
11:13 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: 1963 Fonseca

35% opacity. Nose of burnt rubber and cold coffee. Bitter to taste. Faulty. Seems like the bottles from the pipe auctioned at Bonhams are a bit of a crap shoot.
by flash_uk
11:11 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Taylor
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: 1963 Taylor

35% opacity, red, brown rim. Cherries and candy in the nostrils. Soft entry, dryness quite quickly, fruit prominent mid palate, long finish, gentle heat late on. Others thought this on a par with the Croft or better. I didn't get that same impression. Maybe my glass was a bit duff. That, or I was un...
by flash_uk
11:08 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Croft
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: 1963 Croft

35% opacity, rich red. Mature red fruit and some smokiness on the nose. Lovely smooth rich entry & mouthfeel. Mature dusty red fruits. No orange for a change from Croft! My second favourite after the Noval.
by flash_uk
11:06 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Dow
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: 1963 Dow

40% opacity, rich red. Intense fruit on the nose. Opens quickly on the palate, with a grapefruit (!?) burst and gentle acidity. Good structure, acidity holding it nicely in balance. Couldn't bring myself to offer any points though. Maybe that was a bit harsh.
by flash_uk
11:03 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Graham
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: 1963 Graham

40% opacity, mature red. Dusty cherries on the nose. Rich mouthfeel, gentle heat along the palate, cherries, mature and dusty, long finish. Good stuff.
by flash_uk
11:02 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Warre
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: 1963 Warre

40% opacity, rich red. A little mid-weight, mature red fruits, tannin still present. Felt slightly out of balance overall, dry finish. Not quite at the level of other W63 in the last few years. Would not rush to judgement on W63 on the basis of this one bottle.
by flash_uk
11:00 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Cockburn
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: 1963 Cockburn

40% opacity, red, orange rim. Tobacco on the nose. Rich full mouthfeel, nice balance, a few mild tannins mid to late palate, long aftertaste. Mature fruits, dry finish. Got an honourable mention from me.
by flash_uk
10:58 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Calem Foz
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: 1963 Calem Foz

35% opacity, yellow brown, cloudy. Overripe soft fruits on the nose, melons perhaps. Sweet, flabby, no backbone.
by flash_uk
10:57 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Constantino
Replies: 2
Views: 328

Re: 1963 Constantino

30% opacity, red. Smooth, rich mouthfeel, nicely balanced, mature red fruit in the mouth. Very pleasant to drink and certainly not a weakling by any stretch in the company of the others on the evening. I gave it half a point alongside the G63!
by flash_uk
10:55 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Mackenzie
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: 1963 Mackenzie

30% opacity, brown orange. Smooth entry, full mouthfeel, faint tannins and fruit quite faint also. On the downslope this one.
by flash_uk
10:54 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Ramos Pinto
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: 1963 Ramos Pinto

30% opacity, copper brown, slightly cloudy. tobacco on the nose. Slightly hot entry, fruit fading, bitterness on the finish.
Given how Tom suggested the Offley was lightstruct, I thought this mght have had potentially similar issues though not as pronounced as the Offley.
by flash_uk
10:35 Fri 13 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Offley
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: 1963 Offley

20% opacity copper orange. Lively nose, slightly sharp. Fruit almost gone, what's there is very extracted citrus, perhaps orange. Sharp bitterness along the palate. Tom said probably lightstruck, which would be consistent with the colour. Not so badly flawed to be undrinkable, but I did leave most o...