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by Andy Velebil
20:25 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1649
Views: 427006

Re: Latest buy

Isn’t the bottle under discussion sealed with an appropriately sized T-stopper rather than a driven cork? I don’t know. But the same issues still apply. To a lesser extent, since the stopper is much shorter. Generally speaking, Cork size doesn’t matter unless you don’t have parallel sides inside th...
by Andy Velebil
20:01 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1649
Views: 427006

Re: Latest buy

Doggett wrote:Isn’t the bottle under discussion sealed with an appropriately sized T-stopper rather than a driven cork?
I don’t know. But the same issues still apply.
by Andy Velebil
14:56 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1649
Views: 427006

Re: Latest buy

It also makes me wonder how quickly the pressure caused by forcing the cork in dissipates. Corking machines compress the cork to a little less than the diameter of the bottle neck, and then inserts it quickly before it has much chance to expand again, so the air largely escapes past it. Somewhere I...
by Andy Velebil
14:46 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1649
Views: 427006

Re: Latest buy

Before you toss anyone under the bus, there's a legitimate reason. Port, being roughly 20% ABV, requires about a 1/3 more headspace for expansion than does a still wine at, say, 12% ABV. Very large bottles like that can also have some slight internal variations. So they are filled by actual liquid ...
by Andy Velebil
21:58 Thu 13 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1649
Views: 427006

Re: Latest buy

Although in my opinion they should rethink that bottle, the fact that the neck has such a large empty portion just looks...wrong. Poor original fills in larger format specials have recently become commonplace - whatever the reason for it, it doesn't look right.. Before you toss anyone under the bus...
by Andy Velebil
05:09 Tue 11 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 2866

Re: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021

Tawny is drunk at about 6°C. At what temperature should it be blended? Good point Julian! 6ºC seems too low for drinking. However, not for blending. Being alcohol very volatile, the lower the temperature at blending the less alcohol is lost with the process. So less need of further aditions of agua...
by Andy Velebil
21:51 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

75c per this approved label for it. Click the printable version tab to see the pics.
https://ttbonline.gov/colasonline/view ... 2001000211
by Andy Velebil
21:37 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

I know people who've had this when Krohn's owned the casks and they gave it 99-100 points. So unless TFP screwed it up, which I am 100% confident did not happen, this will be a remarkable tawny.

That is a lot of bottles. I wonder how much was left in cask, if any?
by Andy Velebil
15:11 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 64
Views: 5338

Re: 2019 Declarations

I didn't see this part mentioned, apologies if I missed it, so will bring it up. It is much easier for a smaller producer to make a VP every year than a very large one. While it may seem counter intuitive, it isn't always feasible for a larger company to make and market a VP every year. For a larger...
by Andy Velebil
13:31 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port

I still think Six Grapes is among the top of the heap for Ruby Reserves. They've consistently done an amazing job with this. It still remains the Port I've consumed the most of over my lifetime.
by Andy Velebil
13:25 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Do keep in mind evaporation slow as it ages. So the rate is not constant for 100+ years
by Andy Velebil
13:14 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

The 1896 SHT should be its own thread (mods?). I had forgotten until Eric I reminded me, this is the Krohn stock. They had a red and white from the same year when TFP bought them. They have to be topped off with something as you can’t top off something that old with the same thing from a similar bar...
by Andy Velebil
02:31 Mon 03 May 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: TN: 2015 Carvalhas Tinta Francisca Douro -- Quinta das Carvalhas
Replies: 1
Views: 103

TN: 2015 Carvalhas Tinta Francisca Douro -- Quinta das Carvalhas

Saw this at a local retailer and always fun to try new things. 100% Tinta Francisca and aged 12 months in oak (doesn't say if new or used on the label). Decanted for about 2.5 hours. Elegant dark cherries are rather deceptive in that they aren't over ripe. Instead they posses this wonderful bright f...
by Andy Velebil
21:29 Fri 30 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and Tonic- in a can!
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Port and Tonic- in a can!

I think it's a good idea. There are times when tossing a can in a cooler is so much easier.
by Andy Velebil
15:21 Thu 29 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1649
Views: 427006

Re: Latest buy

6 x Porto Rocha Three Centuries - 500 ml bottles at a VERY good price. Don't hold these for any long period of time. They are still very nice but have been going a bit flat with age in bottle for some time now. And be prepared for the worlds smallest 500ml bottle cork. IIRC, they were bottled about...
by Andy Velebil
04:09 Sun 25 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Asda Reserve Port
Replies: 14
Views: 765

Re: NV Asda Reserve Port

Wow that’s a crazy price. And one I’m not happy about...
by Andy Velebil
16:22 Fri 23 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: I'm going to be having a bad week...
Replies: 33
Views: 2162

Re: I'm going to be having a bad week...

I've just been through the 22 notes on GC77 on the tasting note list, ranging in date from 2004 - 2018. There are 8 positive bottle reports. There are 5 obviously faulty (corked) bottles. The other 9 are somewhat mixed with some thinking they are not right and others thinking they are just having a...
by Andy Velebil
16:17 Fri 23 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port
Replies: 6
Views: 610

NV Graham's Six Grapes Port

Graham’s Six Grapes (bottled ~2018). Sweet fruit initially but quickly tempered by a good dose of dusty tannins and acidity. Lovely medium-long finish. A few years in bottle has smoothed out the edges of fresh bottled ones and what is always a good and consistent Ruby Reserve is a touch better. I us...
by Andy Velebil
18:51 Wed 21 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 64
Views: 5338

Re: 2019 Declarations

Incidentally, I think it’s quite a few years since TFP haven’t released any SQVP en primeur. I know that most of it goes out when it is about 10-15 years old but I think some has generally also been available on release. I wonder if, having declared so many vintages in a row, they are worried about...
by Andy Velebil
22:29 Wed 14 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 64
Views: 5338

Re: 2019 Declarations

I’ve just received an email from vintage and fine wines, the Sym’s retail arm in USA. En premier, the 2019 Vesuvio will be $68/bottle (USD). That’s a very good price.

I’d caution people not to “put the cart before the horse” in their posts.
by Andy Velebil
20:52 Wed 14 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 64
Views: 5338

Re: 2019 Declarations

Alex Bridgeman wrote:I like the idea of being able to buy a “tasting case”, especially if it’s relatively easy to add to the case contents - with a bottle of Vesuvio 1989, for example.

Anything which makes life easier for enthusiasts like us is a great idea.
Agree 100%
by Andy Velebil
17:39 Wed 14 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 64
Views: 5338

Re: 2019 Declarations

I’ve never quite understood the SQVP naming thing nor it’s origin of use, just accepted it as a common term since I’ve been into Port. Probably a good time to start changing, especially with so many smaller to medium sized producers now selling on the global stage with their Quinta VP’s. As QVP is a...
by Andy Velebil
16:41 Mon 22 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

Re: Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port

That’s an interesting bottle. It’s made me have a look at other minor Symington labels and their tawnies. They seem to do a 10-year-old for all of them (“all” being GC, QH & Martinez). The only other 20-year-old I can see is a Martinez, although the only place I can see that sells it is in Hong Kon...
by Andy Velebil
02:49 Mon 22 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Morgado Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 971

1987 Morgado Vintage Port

Another one I've never seen or heard of before. The price was right, so why not give it a go. It still is very dark ruby, much more like a 10-15 year VP than a 33 year old. The fruit is also still very youthful and primary, which was rather surprising. However, Light tannins and a bit light in the a...
by Andy Velebil
21:28 Sun 21 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Rainha Santa
Replies: 3
Views: 874

Re: 1985 Rainha Santa

Nice note. Florida is worth visiting for one thing...Bern's Steakhouse.