Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by jdaw1 » 22:04 Mon 23 Jul 2018

PhilW wrote:
21:04 Mon 23 Jul 2018
jdaw1 wrote:
20:25 Mon 23 Jul 2018
[…] Edit: the placemats added to first post.
Thanks Julian - I was going to do that this evening, but only just back now.
Quite simple, but nonetheless, please check for errors.

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by PhilW » 07:27 Tue 24 Jul 2018

jdaw1 wrote:
22:04 Mon 23 Jul 2018
Quite simple, but nonetheless, please check for errors.
All looks correct.
I should arrive at 6; I can print and bring unless anyone else will be arriving earlier.

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by flash_uk » 10:48 Tue 24 Jul 2018

I can print...might not get there until around 7 though...

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by idj123 » 13:05 Tue 24 Jul 2018

My eta will be 6.30pm.

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by AHB » 13:53 Tue 24 Jul 2018

I should arrive around 6pm but can’t print.

I decanted both bottles last night about 11pm and have kept them in the fridge or an insulated container as much as possible.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
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Post by PhilW » 14:17 Tue 24 Jul 2018

I have decanted (2pm) and smells... glorious (what else!).
Have printed, and will be there ~6pm.

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Post by jdaw1 » 14:38 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Great theme.

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by PhilW » 16:07 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Train cancelled (no driver). Alternate route train cancelled (breakdown). Next train running late, will miss connection. I may be slightly late...

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by PhilW » 17:48 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Update - should be there by 6.30

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by Monkey » 19:07 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Are we ready to guess and vote yet?
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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by AHB » 19:11 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Much laughter.

We’ll let you know when we’re ready.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
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Post by Monkey » 19:33 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Well I'm ready so here goes:

WOTN Votes:

3pts - MPM
2pts AHB
1pt PW

Tasting notes:

PW - lovely rich colour, perfectly mature with strawberry, vanilla and a slight herb note on the nose. Delicate and perfectly mature. Warre 77, obviously.

IDJ - very dark and a bit closed on the nose. Huge mouthful of dark fruits and tannin - I'm thinking Dow 1980

JDAW - 32.5% opaque, clear rim and very dusty nose, perhaps with some pepper? Nice, but not getting better - drink up! Sandeman 1958

MPM - rich golden red with violets on the nose. A huge mouthful of loveliness - Taylor 1963

CPR - {corked?} Maybe not. Good colour but very dull nose, which makes it very difficult for The Monkey to guess. Full and rich on the palate but something not quite right. Niepoort 1970?

AHB - great colour with a delicious nose of gently softened bunberries left to cool in a slightly humid garden shed. A sparkle of Japanese candy floss truffle in the mid-palate followed by a long slow pause while I eat some of my steak. Has the nose changed? How humid was that shed? Did I tell Elizabeth I'll be home late tonight? Concentrate, the guys want to vote! Back to those bunberries - delicious mythical flavours with a backbone of tannin that faded four decades ago. A fabulous Port with a very long finish. So long that I have to keep everyone waiting until I've almost missed my train! - Unmistakable. This is obviously Taylor 1927.
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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by AHB » 20:28 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Voting has finished for WOTN. The monkey’s votes were nonsense. The monkey clearly has no taste.

WOTN votes (excluding the monkey) were PW 15, CPR 7.5, MPM 5.5, AHB 4.5, JDAW 3, IDJ 0.5.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by AHB » 20:45 Tue 24 Jul 2018

The monkey’s prose won much praise, but his ability to identify ports tasted blind is very poor — and scored zero. Everyone else scored 1 or 2 points.

But we thank the monkey for his help.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by DRT » 21:05 Tue 24 Jul 2018

I think you will find that The Monkey got all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order 😉
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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by Christopher » 21:13 Tue 24 Jul 2018

Great report from the Monkey! Glad you had a great night with some World Class Port!


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Re: Tues 24th July - Bring a bottle to share

Post by PhilW » 16:32 Thu 26 Jul 2018

The monkey did a fantastic job, had us all laughing (especially with the tasting notes, very well observed and written), even if he didn't score any points on guessing the wines; his efforts were appreciated.

Talking of the "What is it?" scoring, this is the first night I remember where nobody (except the monkey) scored zero; everyone scored 1 or 2 points, which considering the small number of wines present is above our usual average, I believe!

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