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by AHB
17:49 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Changing Names - badly
Replies: 28
Views: 3803

The qualifying statement was very helpful in removing a disturbing image that was developing in my head :shock: It was purely for you and your imagination that I put the qualifying statement in the post. The last thing I wanted was to be the cause of you running out of Spanish Table plonk or your 4...
by AHB
17:30 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Screaming Eagle
Replies: 8
Views: 2244

I've had the Paradigm once (I think it was the '02) and enjoyed it. The person I was having dinner with that night enjoyed it so much that they went out the next day and bought a case.

I didn't - it was good but it wasn't port.

Alex
by AHB
17:22 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 1740

Three hours on the colour is unchanged but the nose has now become one of raspberry creme brulee, very pleasant. Still a little hollow on entry and the alcohol has become much more prominent on the aftertaste. But the length and complexity of the aftertaste is superb.

And still no sign of the bake.
by AHB
17:19 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 20808

What does the current guest list for the Xmas offline look like? I've just booked my overnight stay in a splendid little hostelry a couple of miles from the Bell (almost within walking distance!) and I'm now all set for the event.

Alex
by AHB
16:54 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Glass Washing Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 4276

Dishwasher for me too. Except I do use salt and rinse aid having very hard water in this area. Most of my glasses are Riedel Vinum. They need to be replaced because the go cloudy every 5-10 years, but I can cope with that in exchange for the convenience of just being able to throw them into the dish...
by AHB
16:44 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The "Deeper Underground" Offline (28 Jan 2008)
Replies: 248
Views: 57776

I can make the Monday or the Wednesday, but voted for the Monday 'cos that was first on the list. Following on from Alan's comments, are you sure that you want to make it a purely '66 tasting or could we make it a '63 vs '66 tasting? I know a '66 only would be ideal for JK, but do we also want to br...
by AHB
16:30 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2007 - will it be a Vintage year?
Replies: 68
Views: 8313

Re: 2007 is too little too late for my vintage-2006 daughter

Well, 2007 is too little too late for my vintage-2006 daughter. Like it or not, she’s getting a case of 2003, whenever Uncle T. says that the time right because the price is minimal. But why note buy her a case of 2006 vintage? There are bound to be some good ones out there - Vesuvio, Noval, Vargel...
by AHB
16:00 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Changing Names - badly
Replies: 28
Views: 3803

...can we stop the obsesson with putting "Dairy Milk" in front of everything, please? I had no problems with Whole Nut, Fruit & Nut and Caramel and didn't need to be reminded that it had Dairy Milk covering them. Actually, they don't. They have Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate covering them. If it ju...
by AHB
15:36 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 1740

1989 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port

A bottle that I decided to open since all the notes I have read say this should be drunk soon. Bottle number 29,742 out of the 37,822 produced for this vintage has now departed the world. Decanted cleanly and sparklingly clear off a mixture of sediment - some of the very fine sediment that seems to ...
by AHB
23:46 Sat 03 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Warre LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 1212

1999 Warre LBV

Filtered style of LBV. Solid red, opaque, just a touch of bricking on the edge. Cloudy appearance, which is interesting considering this is a filtered port. Tasted on a pop 'n' pour basis on a flight from LA back to London. Youthful nose, with blackcurrants and blackberries dominating over a hint of...
by AHB
23:38 Sat 03 Nov 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Alex B. comes to Los Angeles Offline, how it unfolded
Replies: 9
Views: 3269

Andy's being very modest - his cooking was excellent. Steaks prepared and grilled to perfection (even if I did have to educate my American cousins on how to prepare a steak in the "Pittsburgh" style), and a Creme Brulee that was really fabulous. Plus lots of lovely port and claret to wash it down. I...
by AHB
19:12 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1975 Graham
Replies: 3
Views: 1805

The WOTN in my mind is the one which I will remember most when I look back on the evening - most often it is also the best wine but sometimes it is a good wine which caused me the most surprise. This is one of those occasions. The Graham '75 was a lovely drink but the LBV surprised me more and just ...
by AHB
17:40 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cloudy port
Replies: 3
Views: 2424

That would normally do the trick. The only other way you can be sure is to use a bottle brush.

Alex
by AHB
15:46 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cloudy port
Replies: 3
Views: 2424

Vintage port does go cloudy if you stick it in a fridge (I know this from personal experience). However, it quickly stops being cloudy once it starts to warm up and is usually perfectly clear at cellar temperature. I would guess that it was more likely that the bottles weren't cleaned quite enough a...
by AHB
15:44 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 1183

1963 Warre Vintage Port

Opened on 31 October 2007 and drunk after 2 hours in the decanter. Deep red core, slight pinking on the rim. Nose a little closed and with some strange vegetal tones - perhaps a little bottle stink. Sweet redcurrants on entry and some nice cinammon at the front of the mid-palate with candy / bubbleg...
by AHB
15:43 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1967 Taylor Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 1258

1967 Quinta da Vargellas Vintage Port

Opened on 31 October 2007 and drunk after 8 hours in the decanter. Deep rose centre, turning orange at the rim. Nose subdued, spirity and dusty. An initial impression in the mouth of sweet strawberry syrup and a wine that is still quite robust. Plenty of fruit and an acidic structure to enjoy. A sli...
by AHB
15:41 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1984 Smith Woodhouse LBV (unfiltered)
Replies: 1
Views: 1445

1984 Smith Woodhouse LBV (unfiltered)

Opened on 31 October 2007 and drunk after 8 hours in the decanter. A freshly labelled and "sello-ed" bottle that looks to have been a recent ex-cellars release. Decanted off a large amount of heavy sediment. Noted that the wine was bottled in 1988 so only 1 year later than would have qualified to be...
by AHB
15:40 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 1
Views: 1470

1980 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port

Opened on 31 October 2007 and drunk after 8 hours in the decanter. Very deep red, opaque centre and very dark rim. Nose still holds some primary blackcurrant. The initial entry into the mouth is sweet but a wave of tannin comes through, to be replaced in turn by the blackcurrant cordial that is prom...
by AHB
15:39 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1975 Graham
Replies: 3
Views: 1805

1975 Grahams Vintage Port

Opened on 31 October 2007 and drunk after 7 hours decanting. A pale, golden rose colour showing plenty of age on the wine. A perfumed nose, elegant, tones of freshly baked brioche. Thick texture in the mouth with sweet maraschino cherry flavours and a mature, nutmeg elegance. The typical Christmas c...
by AHB
15:36 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General Info about Vesuvio
Replies: 17
Views: 4463

We did a complete Vesuvio vertical in 2006, I'd be happy to organise another one for 2009 but have other plans for 2008.

Alex
by AHB
15:34 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Proper LBV
Replies: 8
Views: 1590

I had a stunningly good Smith Woodhouse 1984 unfiltered LBV a couple of days back. I would certainly buy up more of these if I came across them.

Alex
by AHB
15:20 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 1997 for 20 GBP
Replies: 7
Views: 1602

Is the '94 so much better than the '97? In my opinion and experience, yes it is but it needs a good few hours in the decanter to show at its best and I regularly score it in the range 94-96 points. The '97 I generally score slightly lower than this, but not by much, at 92-94. Interestingly, the only...
by AHB
14:58 Fri 02 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 109
Views: 29813

Unless someone can find me some port-buddies in Asia, the next couple of weeks will be a lot less fun than this week has been.

:(
by AHB
20:25 Thu 01 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General Info about Vesuvio
Replies: 17
Views: 4463

Axel - thanks, very interesting replies to the questions from Dominic Julian, Conky - your lack of exposure to Vesuvio is noted and will, in due course, be cured. Julian may be willing to experience the cure sooner than Conky since Conky appears to have an allergy to a vintage port with less than 22...
by AHB
20:22 Thu 01 Nov 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Offline at Andy's house to celebrate Alex B.'s visit to L.A.
Replies: 15
Views: 3939

The event went extremely well. However, Andy was on duty early Thursday morning and will not be back until around 1am your time - I'm sure he will post pictures and comments when he gets back (perhaps on FTLOP with a link here). I'm also trying to catch up on a load of things before my meetings star...