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by DaveRL
13:13 Thu 04 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 11181

Re: 1994 Tesco

Less minty. Better but not great. Good for what it is, but won't mourn the change to a new Tesco cellar defender when the time comes.

A pallet of port is I suppose roughly the same size as a pipe, but sounds significantly less sophisticated. Two pallets of Te94. Sysyphean.
by DaveRL
19:15 Wed 03 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Naming competition
Replies: 32
Views: 3683

Re: Naming competition

A cask that was made by farmers João and António 134 years ago, which at the time we said wasn't good enough to command full price, but which we've had in our lodge all these years and which is now marketed as being made by us. And commands full price. Or. Which we bought as part of the recent take...
by DaveRL
11:56 Wed 03 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 11181

Re: 1994 Tesco

Tesco Wine by the Case website was out of Te94 but I see some for sale again (£20). I opened, coincidentally, a bottle of this last night, from the most recent batch bought at the beginning of November. A slightly different back label design, the same words but reworked layout, and a different plast...
by DaveRL
22:47 Tue 02 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1204
Views: 286904

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Yes, thanks Phil. One Sainsbury's had no Crusted at all, but some Malvedos 01. The next had a mixture of 04 and 06. I wonder if the 98 is gone then? Still, all worth a try at those prices, I thought. Especially as the first Sainsbury's gave me a £6 off voucher off £60 voucher, promptly redeemed for ...
by DaveRL
18:48 Mon 01 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Naming competition
Replies: 32
Views: 3683

Re: Naming competition

War(re)ts 'n All
by DaveRL
18:43 Mon 01 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Naming competition
Replies: 32
Views: 3683

Re: Naming competition

Rich Old Dowager
by DaveRL
12:28 Sun 30 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca 1985 VP
Replies: 31
Views: 2767

Re: Fonseca 1985 VP

At Berry's, I thought that the Taylor started very well but didn't get any better and that the Fonseca started less well than the Taylor but opened right up and became more interesting. The Croft was drinking very well, but I suspect many bottles of Croft would show less well than this. A bottle of ...
by DaveRL
18:07 Fri 28 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale at auction
Replies: 348
Views: 90590

Re: Port for sale at auction

A Magnum Opus - is that a Tappit Hen?
by DaveRL
19:23 Fri 14 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylors 1994
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Re: Taylors 1994

It will make an excellent wine to pair with a cheese board - sweet, still some tannins, plenty of acidity, fruity, evolved and not overpowering. They were recently available at about £15 or so, and are very pleasant, but no blockbuster.
by DaveRL
14:15 Fri 07 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1204
Views: 286904

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Tesco have joined in. 25% off deal. I see they are selling Sandeman Vau 2003 now. Just need to find that extra £15 off coupon they sent me some weeks ago....
by DaveRL
19:16 Thu 06 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1204
Views: 286904

Re: Port for sale by retailer

The good news is that Sainsbury's had a small stock of Graham Crusted 98 for sale yesterday, which I hoovered up (with the help of a stool - why do they shove the good stuff at the top, pushed right to the back - although perhaps this is why there was any left at all?) The bad news is that today not...
by DaveRL
20:37 Thu 30 Oct 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Niepoort 1896
Replies: 24
Views: 8185

Re: Niepoort 1896

Excellent, congratulations. You did very well.
Christies sold a bottle which sounds very similar in Geneva on 12-13 Nov 2013, Sale 1399 Lot 82, for $899.
Item Description "Niepoort's Blue Ribbon Port Vintage 1896".
Very well done indeed.
by DaveRL
21:01 Fri 24 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: “5 Dry Portuguese Wines That Will Knock Your Socks Off”
Replies: 8
Views: 2372

“5 Dry Portuguese Wines That Will Knock Your Socks Off”

The only residents of USA that I know to use their State as a unit of measure are Texans, usually in a "mine is bigger than yours" kind of way. Using Indiana as another arbitrary unit is indeed curious.
by DaveRL
11:43 Fri 10 Oct 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Pineau des Charentes vs Tawny
Replies: 0
Views: 636

Pineau des Charentes vs Tawny

As I was slurping my way through a few Pineau des Charentes in France last summer I was struck by parallels with Tawny - grapes with spirit added and left in barrel to mature. I asked the venerable owner of the Distillery, and she seemed to have no idea what I was talking about, didn't even really k...
by DaveRL
22:05 Tue 07 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Ramos Pinto
Replies: 2
Views: 965

Re: 1997 Ramos-Pinto

The RP97 showed well amongst the other 97s. The 97s with crumbly corks, of which there seem subjectively to be (too) many, show poorly, so perhaps this one was somehow flawed?
by DaveRL
22:17 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Taylor LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 755

1994 Taylor LBV

Paling rich red. Browning towards edges with colourless meniscus. Clear. No sediment. Filtered LBV I guess. Nose of plum, spice and a little alcohol, but have to entice it out. Balanced in mouth. Joy. Dark fruit. Plum liquorice spice. Broad with good texture but light. Perhaps a little hollow mid pa...
by DaveRL
21:31 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 10651

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

1994 Taylor LBV. On the lighter side.
by DaveRL
14:44 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Bordeaux Recommendations
Replies: 246
Views: 34068

Re: Bordeaux Recommendations

I thought it was a Wine Society declassified wine I bought. I dug into the website. It is not. It is Ulysse Pauillac 2010 , sold through the Wine Society via their "special relationship". Sorry for the mistake. Declassified Latour supposedly. I'm never sure about these sorts of wines, often seeming ...
by DaveRL
13:33 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Bordeaux Recommendations
Replies: 246
Views: 34068

Re: Bordeaux Recommendations

I bought some of the Wine Society 2010 Pauillac at £19.95 or so. I vaguely remembered other vintages selling out rather quickly, and indeed this one did too. It had a recommended drinking window to 2025 (and they are conservative): longer than most, hence I felt it might be interesting. One day whe...
by DaveRL
08:42 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll
Replies: 15
Views: 3227

Re: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll

No exit poll. Vote swapping allowed. Tense.

When is the result, and what are you drinking?
by DaveRL
22:24 Tue 30 Sep 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Bordeaux Recommendations
Replies: 246
Views: 34068

Re: Bordeaux Recommendations

I bought some of the Wine Society 2010 Pauillac at £19.95 or so. I vaguely remembered other vintages selling out rather quickly, and indeed this one did too. It had a recommended drinking window to 2025 (and they are conservative): longer than most, hence I felt it might be interesting. One day when...
by DaveRL
12:10 Sun 28 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Liverpool?
Replies: 8
Views: 2418

Re: Liverpool?

The area around Moorfields and James Street Stations, and Dale St itself, are the more traditional business sectors, which I would guess more likely to have port. The last time I was there was many years ago, and it was a bit the worse for wear. A tenuous lead, but with the guide book idea a perhaps...
by DaveRL
22:26 Fri 26 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 10651

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

Excellent. Thank you. I found myself down from the fence in no man's land (apologies for mixing) and was wondering how to climb back onto it. I think Tesco 94 is good value and usually more than OK but never great. Sometimes it is worth aiming for great. Those times when everything comes together ar...