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by AHB
00:02 Wed 26 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Dalva
Replies: 1
Views: 2187

1970 Dalva Vintage Port

Decanted approximately 6½ hours before drinking. From a bottle that looked to have been well cellared, capped off with a large cap of pink wax. Decanted out a pale rose colour and with a slight VA smell from a fair amount of fine, sludgy sediment. Deepened in colour in the decanter to a deeper, dist...
by AHB
03:49 Tue 25 Dec 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York February 14 1970 VP Tasting
Replies: 68
Views: 19793

I'd be very interested in attending a 1970 tasting when I am next in New York, although there are only the nights of Feb 13 and 14 that I could participate. Of these two dates, Feb 14 would be the best for me, but I can understand why that may not work for everyone! Jay - I love the idea of tasting ...
by AHB
17:43 Mon 24 Dec 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, ‘emergency’ mini-tasting (Thu 27 Dec?)
Replies: 32
Views: 9932

But the cost would not be purely monetary ...

:shock:
by AHB
09:23 Mon 24 Dec 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, ‘emergency’ mini-tasting (Thu 27 Dec?)
Replies: 32
Views: 9932

It does seem that New York is the place to be for community port consumption over Christmas and the New Year.

Enjoy both the emergency tasting and the Colheita-thon chaps.

Alex
by AHB
00:36 Mon 24 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 1689

By Sunday night, the musty smell and taste has completely disappeared and this has turned into a very enjoyable and tasty port. The nose has opened to a soft violets, the wine is sweet and tastes of black cherries but has a great overtone of herbal notes - sage perhaps? Quite delicious. The aftertas...
by AHB
00:22 Mon 24 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: In focus - a shipper for 2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2584

This is a really tough question for me to answer as there are a lot of candidates in the list that I would like to learn more about, especially on their recent relaeases. Martinez appear to have a low profile but produce consistently good wines that should really justify a higher profile. Sandeman h...
by AHB
00:09 Mon 24 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 25
Views: 3954

Since we're continuing this thread from my night or boredom, right now I have just finished a glass of Spier Shiraz (from the Spier vineyard in Stellenbosch) and now I'm enjoying another glass of the Vesuvio '92 that I opened a few days ago while watching Time Team and catching up on postings over t...
by AHB
00:06 Mon 24 Dec 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Laurent Bartholdi
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: Where I am... and my first question (about Souza Guedes)

Sorry about the intro, I should have said I'm in Geneva, Switzerland (I updated my profile). Here's how I got to hear about TPF: I saw, on an online bidding site, a bottle of 1900 Tawny port, and tried very hard to research if it's worth bidding on, or if it should be assumed undrinkable. The bottl...
by AHB
14:04 Fri 21 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: End of Year Awards
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: End of Year Awards

It was put there as bait, so I might as well bite. You meant, of course, “Pedant†, with only one “n†. You also omitted to pluralise the “time†. No, they were not put in as bait, they were genuine errors so I am properly corrected. However, I did say "despairing" as a deliberate choice rather tha...
by AHB
08:26 Fri 21 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 1689

3 hours after decanting the mustiness has blown off, to leave a delicate violets scent. Still a little mustiness on the flavours in the mouth, but the aftertaste is lovely. Interestingly, the wine has also become much thicker and more full-bodied.

More tomorrow night.
by AHB
08:23 Fri 21 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: End of Year Awards
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

End of Year Awards

It's coming to the end of the year, the traditional season for the nomination and awarding of prizes for outstanding services to a particular community. As potential recipients of the inaugural FTP Year End Award, I would like to nominate the following people: The Creator - for services to Creation ...
by AHB
21:25 Thu 20 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 25
Views: 3954

uncle tom wrote:Hangover? - what's that? :D
It's what you have in the morning before you've drunk enough coffee!
by AHB
21:22 Thu 20 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 1689

1992 Quinta do Vesuvio vintage port

This is bottle number 22,068 out of a total production of 24,200 bottles. The bottle was in a bad way when selected for death row. Port was seeping past the cork, which had been pushed perhaps half a centimetre out of the top of the bottle. Storage conditions looked - to say the least - a little dub...
by AHB
14:01 Thu 20 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2057
Views: 265417

Re: Conky’s missing apostrophes

Dows Trademark Port being heavily advertised at half price at Sainsburys. £5.50. So the question is...Whats it like? If its great, hurry up an let us all know. Thats a great price if its half decent. Today’s quiz asks how many apostrophes Conky omitted from this post. Dows Sainsburys Whats its That...
by AHB
13:56 Thu 20 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: '92 LBV past it?
Replies: 2
Views: 849

That's a really tough question to answer because I think it depends very much on your personal preference. I love elderly ports that are full of tertiary character and where much of the fruit has faded into sweet sugary tones. I have had LBVs from the '60s in the last couple of years and have though...
by AHB
12:29 Thu 20 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 25
Views: 3954

Would that be the Dow 2001 LBV @ £5 a bottle in Tesco?
by AHB
21:03 Wed 19 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 25
Views: 3954

What are you drinking now?

I'm bored tonight, no DIY to do and all the household admin is up to date so I'm resorting to doing the housekeeping on my PC. To help, I have a glass of port by my left hand - Morgan '91 (which is a superb quality for a House Port). That left me wondering what my fellow portophiles have in their gl...
by AHB
09:20 Wed 19 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Yearly fine wine tasting at my fathers
Replies: 8
Views: 1531

A great choice of bottles from which to select. Here are some thoughts from me on each one of them: Burmester 85 I've never tried this particular vintage port, but generally find Burmester's vintage ports as adequate but not great. Not a port I would choose to open for an annual fine wine tasting wi...
by AHB
08:51 Wed 19 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Laying down a Barrel of Port for your children. Question?
Replies: 8
Views: 3803

You can still buy a pipe of port to keep alive the old tradition of providing for your children / godchildren / grandchildren and ensuring that they have plenty of port to keep them going once they come of age. However, you can only do this in one of two ways: (a) buy the pipe in Portugal and negoti...
by AHB
17:47 Tue 18 Dec 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Message time stamp
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Derek T. wrote:maybe AHB lives in a different timezone because he's "special"? :lol:
Made me laugh out loud on the train. Ver, ver embarrasing.

Alex

(I'll check my profile immediately Mr Deputy Creator, sir!)
by AHB
17:37 Tue 18 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Yearly fine wine tasting at my fathers
Replies: 8
Views: 1531

Do you want to give us some choices to select from? If you just want my recommendation for the best port that I have ever drunk then open a Nacional 1963, it's rather good port!

Alex
by AHB
23:05 Mon 17 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Auction report
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Tom,

I always appreciate your auction reports. Thanks for pulling together this summary.

Alex
by AHB
17:54 Mon 17 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Ports Drunk in 2007
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

While I'm on, I went to a dinner party on Saturday, where I was asked to bring a bottle of VP. As the other 3 couples were Port Novices, but decent general drinkers, I took a Morgans 91. I was surprised how keen they all were. We went through the decanting, sediment, early sip, hourly taste, tears,...
by AHB
17:47 Mon 17 Dec 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tuesday 11th December 2007 review
Replies: 9
Views: 4395

Release prices of Vesuvio do vary from vintage to vintage. As is the way of fine wine, the variation is mostly upwards or static and rarely downwards.

Alex
by AHB
17:45 Mon 17 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hoopers port?? What is it?
Replies: 18
Views: 3637

I have a feeling that the Hooper's brand name is not simply a brand in the Royal Oporto portfolio, I have a feeling that it is also a selection from a limited number of the RO vineyards.

Alex