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Re: Latest buy

Posted: 19:58 Wed 01 Mar 2017
by LGTrotter
Needing to top up my port for drinking now-ish locker I have bought today a mixed dozen, one Fonseca 83, one Warre 83, two Warre 85, two Graham 80, two Graham 83 (in deference to Glenn's opinion), two Graham 85 (in deference to my own opinion), and two Croft 77. The cupboard is now looking much healthier. Entirely coincidentally a parcel from Paxton & Whitfield arrived today, so now I am torn between opening a proper bottle to go with the cheese or soldiering on with this open bottle of 2009 Quinta do Convento. I will open a bottle of Chateuneuf to aid my deliberations.

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 19:57 Sat 11 Nov 2017
by Old Bridge
Over the last few weeks I have bought:

Dow's Vintage Port 1985
Warre's 1985 Vintage Port
Smith Woodhouse traditionel LBV 2003 bottle matured
Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2011
Pocas LBV 2009
Taylor Vintage Port 2009
Graham's Vintage Port 2000
Quinta do Infantado Vintage 2000 (150 cl)
Graham's The Stone Terraces Vintage Port 2015
Quinta do Vallado Tawny 40 YO

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 14:45 Tue 23 Jan 2018
by richmills
Since the new year I have done my usual annual stocking up and bought:

3x Offley '94
3x Taylor '85
1x Graham '70
1x Kopke colheita '57
1x Graham 40yr tawny

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 14:00 Fri 26 Jan 2018
by AHB
I'm proud to say that while I haven't bought anything this year I have just taken delivery of some things I bought last year:

12 x 20cl bottles of Graham 30YO tawny
2 x 75cl Quinta do Noval 1968 colheita
1 x 150cl Berry Brothers own selection 2011 vintage port
4 x 74 cl Dow 1963

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 18:28 Fri 26 Jan 2018
by PhilW
AHB wrote:
14:00 Fri 26 Jan 2018
4 x 74 cl Dow 1963
Deliberate unusual size? (or just a typo?)

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 13:53 Mon 29 Jan 2018
by uncle tom
12 x 20cl bottles of Graham 30YO tawny
2 x 75cl Quinta do Noval 1968 colheita
AHB buying brown sticky stuff? Whatever next!

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 15:44 Mon 29 Jan 2018
by AHB
PhilW wrote:
18:28 Fri 26 Jan 2018
AHB wrote:
14:00 Fri 26 Jan 2018
4 x 74 cl Dow 1963
Deliberate unusual size? (or just a typo?)
A typo, although I don't know how I would ever find out a bottle was 74cl rather than 75cl (these have no labels).
uncle tom wrote:
13:53 Mon 29 Jan 2018
12 x 20cl bottles of Graham 30YO tawny
2 x 75cl Quinta do Noval 1968 colheita
AHB buying brown sticky stuff? Whatever next!
Indeed, it doesn't happen often. However, on occasions when I know I will be away for a week or two I don't want to open a bottle of VP or LBV the night before I leave, but I do want to have a glass of port. I've enjoyed using my share of the half bottles of Pocas Junior 40YO tawny that I split with Charles for this purpose but now only have one or two bottles left. I wanted to have something to open once they had all gone and the 20cl bottles work really well — small enough to finish in a night but large enough to get a couple of decent glasses from one.

And the Noval 1968 comes with a track record. The first time I tried it was in 2010. I was at a tasting where several bottles of vintage port were opened (Cockburn 1963, Gould Campbell 1970, Martinez 1967, Noval 1963, Noval 1962/63 blend, Nacional 1983 and Taylor 1970). In there was a ringer — a bottle of Noval 1968 bottled earlier in 2010. It was easy to spot the colheita from the colour, nose and flavour profile - but boy was it good. Alongside the Noval 1962/63 blend it was my wine of the night, intensely flavoured, concentrated acidity and a finish that I was still tasting the next morning. By choice, I don't drink much tawny but when I do I like to drink well.

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 21:00 Sun 04 Feb 2018
by gerwin.degraaf
1970 Messias Quinta do Cachao VP 2x (@ well under €40 a bottle, I thought it was an acceptable gamble :-)

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 00:40 Tue 27 Feb 2018
by LGTrotter
Half a case of 77 Quarles Harris. Jancis rates it.

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 12:40 Tue 27 Feb 2018
by DaveRL
LGTrotter wrote:
00:40 Tue 27 Feb 2018
Half a case of 77 Quarles Harris. Jancis rates it.
:D A very good choice. It was good at the 77 horizontal in December. I very nearly gave it a point, but thought the Taylor edged it on potential which was perhaps unfair to the QH. Probably label bias.

I have also just acquired some Quarles Harris 77, but in magnums.

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 20:21 Thu 01 Mar 2018
by Christopher
Warre 66 and 70
Sandeman 70
Taylor 70
Tukes Holdsworth 55
Cockburn 47 and 67

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 11:30 Fri 02 Mar 2018
by AHB
LGTrotter wrote:
00:40 Tue 27 Feb 2018
Half a case of 77 Quarles Harris. Jancis rates it.
It's not just Jancis who rates it. Good buy.

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 12:45 Fri 02 Mar 2018
by Doggett
Not a recent purchase... but took delivery of 12 bottles of Graham's Malvedos 2015 vintage this week following a purchase of a Port Bond from Vintage Wine & Port in 2015 to celebrate my wedding year. I have only seen 1 tasting note for it so far, in Wine Spectator Feb 2018 issue, where it scores 94 points (behind The Stone Terraces @ 96, Noval @95 and Quinta do Vallado @ 95, but equal or better than 24 others). I shall look forward to trying one to see if it has the creamed raspberry, boysenberry, açai, anise, fruitcake, milk chocolate and "fruit to burn".

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 15:38 Thu 08 Mar 2018
by richmills
6x Grahams '85

I've been looking to pick some of this up for ages now at a reasonable price and finally got some, happy days :)

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 10:14 Mon 12 Mar 2018
by gerwin.degraaf
Fonseca 1997 VP (Magnum). Just bought this at auction over here. I realised (about 20 seconds after the fact), that I overbid myself online by putting in a higher bid on the standing bid (which was my own written bid, that I put in earlier) :lol: . But at least I prevented another online bidder to sweep this one away from me (which happened to another lot on which I had a written bid). And the result in the end for the magnum is€100 (+ costs) which is not too bad I guess.

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 15:56 Mon 19 Mar 2018
by Christopher
Dow 1980
Warre 1983 - the first case of Port I ever owned! Good to have a refill!

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 09:13 Mon 07 May 2018
by richmills
2x Taylor '77
2x Warre '77
2x Graham '77
2x Fonseca '77

For those of us who have to buy retail it seems like there are some relatively good bargains to be had on the '77s now we're out of the 40th anniversary year :)

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 20:17 Sun 13 May 2018
by AHB
richmills wrote:
09:13 Mon 07 May 2018
2x Taylor '77
2x Warre '77
2x Graham '77
2x Fonseca '77

For those of us who have to buy retail it seems like there are some relatively good bargains to be had on the '77s now we're out of the 40th anniversary year :)
That's good news. '77 is drinking very nicely now.

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 19:47 Wed 16 May 2018
by uncle tom
For those of us who have to buy retail it seems like there are some relatively good bargains to be had on the '77s now we're out of the 40th anniversary year
'77 is a rare instance of a vintage that is still in ample supply on the secondary market after passing 40.

'80 though is much scarcer and also another scarce vintage for other wine types - I doubt the prices for the '80s will settle much, if at all, after their 40th surge - so buy now..

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 14:31 Thu 14 Jun 2018
by gerwin.degraaf
2011 Fonseca VP, 8 halves
2000 Q. do Noval Silval, 12 bottles

Re: Latest buy

Posted: 18:35 Mon 25 Jun 2018
by gerwin.degraaf
1970 Butler Nephew VP (belgian botteling, G Thienpont "Red rich Alto Douro Portwine), 12 bottles