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by AHB
07:17 Mon 03 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Marks and Spencer LBV
Replies: 4
Views: 1807

Its a blend across any and all of the Taylor Fladgate properties, plus any grapes that they decide to buy in, which varies from year to year depending on the harvest and the qualities found in the grapes. Not tying it down to any particular shipper or quinta gives the company more flexibility to pro...
by AHB
21:32 Sat 01 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time?
Replies: 20
Views: 3559

That is an excellent idea. Over time, I may take some pictures of my older bottles and post these, together with a description of the glass used and any moulding marks.

But this will be a long term project.

Alex
by AHB
16:50 Sat 01 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time?
Replies: 20
Views: 3559

Re: tip-top advice

And surely AHB has words to add? Not really in addition to my earlier comments. Reading through Tom's advice, it seems that you essentially have to take a punt at what you think is the age of the bottle, and then decide whether you want an extended time (as outlined by Tom) or a less extended decan...
by AHB
16:46 Sat 01 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Ferreira
Replies: 2
Views: 1959

Was this one of the bottles that was placed into the OWC in an upright position?
by AHB
16:39 Sat 01 Dec 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Group description
Replies: 7
Views: 1796

No, sadly you won't. However, you can console yourself that your remaining life will be all the more richer for having spent the time reading through the thread.

Alex
by AHB
15:57 Sat 01 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Dow LBV
Replies: 17
Views: 5994

The funny thing is, I think that this is a decent port, just far, far too young. I'm tempted to stick my other bottle away at Octavian for 5 years and try it again. I'm impressed with the levels of fruit, acidity and tannins - just not with the way these remain totally unintegrated. My initial score...
by AHB
23:40 Fri 30 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Dow LBV
Replies: 17
Views: 5994

Having drunk this port over an extended period of 4 days, I have decided that I don't like it. It never actually integrated, but remained spiky with unbalanced acidity, tannins and alcohol. To sum up, I won't be buying any more of these bottles even at £5.49 a bottle. I'm not even sure that I will b...
by AHB
20:18 Fri 30 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time?
Replies: 20
Views: 3559

Re: Decanting time?

What would you do if it had to be drunk in one evening? First thing to do is to wait until I'm with you before you open it... Now that the humour is out of the way, my more serious answer: gauge whatever clues you can from the bottle itself, the seal and the cork if you can make out any branding th...
by AHB
08:49 Fri 30 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fareham Wine Cellar: a small tasting in Hampshire
Replies: 5
Views: 921

But when you consider the fact that FWC are not charging anything to attend, I think that this is a very fair selection of ports for people to try.

If I could, I would be there to try the FG88

Alex
by AHB
22:49 Wed 28 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Obscure statistics
Replies: 30
Views: 5357

I worked out a worrying statistic during a boring bot of this evening. Given that I drink an average of 50 bottles of port a year, that my ancestry would lead me to believe that I will live to about 80, and that I have been drinking port for about 10 years, and taking an average cost per bottle of £...
by AHB
22:39 Wed 28 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Dow LBV
Replies: 17
Views: 5994

2001 Dows Late Bottled Vintage Port

The first of two bottles that I bought from Tesco at £5.49. A filtered style of LBV. Tasting note taken after 2 hours of decanter time. Deep red in colour, opaque centre. Nose closed, but hints of blackberries, milk chocolate and vanilla. Fairly neutral entry, but the fruit comes through beautifully...
by AHB
18:17 Wed 28 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Berry Brothers
Replies: 3
Views: 1884

It was the Warre wine - and a pretty good selection too!

Alex
by AHB
22:29 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Where the B***** H*** is everyone?
Replies: 22
Views: 3491

Re: deep and meaningful thoughts

jdaw1 wrote:
AHB wrote:deep and meaningful thoughts
Oh, I missed those. Please do post a link. ;-)
Thank you - to end what has been a depressing day (I am still at work) with a laugh was well worth while.

Good night, God bless, see you all on Thursday night.

Alex
by AHB
22:12 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Where the B***** H*** is everyone?
Replies: 22
Views: 3491

That's a relief. I was afraid that I might have frightened people away by posting some deep and meaningful thoughts for a change.

I'll go and refill my glass again - normal service will be resumed shortly.

Alex
by AHB
22:10 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Majestic is offering Fonsecas Crusted Port
Replies: 3
Views: 788

I find that the drawback with Majestic is that I have to overcome the hurdle of having to buy 12 bottles from them. However, if enough people want a bottle or two and I can put together an order for at least 12 bottles then I am willing to toddle off to my local Majestic and clear the shelf of what ...
by AHB
22:07 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Berry Brothers
Replies: 3
Views: 2076

I do think that this is the real Warre 1970, but I also feel that it was probably a flawed bottle although it was bought from Berry Brothers.

Just goes to show that sometimes even the best provenance cannot guarantee a top notch bottle.

Alex
by AHB
20:10 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Berry Brothers
Replies: 3
Views: 1884

1983 Berry Brothers

After trying a few new wines recently I returned to my trusty favourite. This bottle was in good condition and with a solid cork. Deep red in colour, paling slightly at the rim. The nose was sweet, slightly antiseptic and carried tobacco and ripe figs. The initial impact into the mouth was a sightly...
by AHB
20:09 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Berry Brothers
Replies: 0
Views: 1400

1983 Berry Brothers

This is the first part of my two part experiment to confirm what we have been told - that the wines in the Berry's and Justerini's own label selections are the shippers' first choice wines, just under a different label. The wine came from a bottle with a cork in good condition and decanted easily of...
by AHB
20:07 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Berry Brothers
Replies: 3
Views: 2076

1970 Berry Brothers

This is wine supplied by Warre. A lovely deep rose colour, slightly orange on the rim. Giving off lovely plum and caramel scents as I tip it in the glass to see the colour. A swirl produces a slightly harsh and less attractive earthy smell that makes me cough. In the mouth this is a little rough at ...
by AHB
20:04 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Where the B***** H*** is everyone?
Replies: 22
Views: 3491

Catching up...

I've just realised that if I post 3 more times then I will have moved up to 5th place in the membership posting league.

3 more tasting notes about to hit the TN forum.

But why is it so quiet here? So much tumbleweed!

Alex
by AHB
19:59 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Croft Roeda
Replies: 1
Views: 1642

This got a little better over the following 48 hours. I'm still drinking the remains of the bottle, but it is now starting to deteriorate with the alcohol starting to protrude and be too obvious on the late mid-palate and the aftertaste. However, it is still most certainly better than no port at all...
by AHB
18:05 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Group description
Replies: 7
Views: 1796

Alex I would point out that you triggered this discussion of the place of the individual in the gestalt of port drinkers by using only the definite article as the description for a group. That and the fact that Julian has enough time on his hands to be able to find where the Group names are kept and...
by AHB
15:56 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Group description
Replies: 7
Views: 1796

Re: Group description

Just for the help of the hard of understanding, what is the difference in meaning between those "normal" social boundaries and those normal social boundaries ? Why is the “normal† separated from the main text? Through the use of the quotation marks (and here I accept that perhaps some might consid...
by AHB
09:54 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Raveesh
Replies: 6
Views: 2360

I believe the comment from Derek was more along the lines of query as to the choice of drink...

Welcome Renée - are you sure you know what you have let yourself in for? But you are very welcome to one of the friendliest port and wine focused forums around.

Alex
by AHB
09:52 Tue 27 Nov 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Group description
Replies: 7
Views: 1796

Re: Group description

Please allow me to commend The That’s it. Just the definite article. No more. Cool. This is bordering on the philisophical. I recommend that this should only be discussed further at the end of an evening of port tasting or port drinking. Only then will we have reached the required state of awarenes...