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by Andy Velebil
18:19 Wed 16 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 17
Views: 503

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

PCM wrote:Thanks a lot, Alex! Very interesting to see the differences with Andy! :)
Keep in mind He scores lower than most. you need to add about 3 points to Alex’s scores for translation into the rest of us scores. LOL!
by Andy Velebil
04:29 Tue 15 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 17
Views: 503

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

Thanks: really interesting. That looks a bit disappointing for the Vesuvio as the only full declaration of the bunch, doesn’t it? Is there such a thing as a "full" Vesúvio declaration? To me, and based on price, all Vesúvios are SQVPs. Considering the IVDP rules allows a small percentage of grapes ...
by Andy Velebil
23:26 Mon 14 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 17
Views: 503

Re: RE: Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

Thanks: really interesting. That looks a bit disappointing for the Vesuvio as the only full declaration of the bunch, doesn’t it? Is this a five minute argument, or the full half hour? Haha! I suppose I was wondering if it was disappointing; the SQVPs were exceptionally good; or whether Andy might ...
by Andy Velebil
23:47 Sat 12 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 17
Views: 503

2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

2019 SYMINGTON VINTAGE PORT REVIEW I won’t get into a long-winded speech about how the vintage went. It’s pretty easy to find that from a variety of Port producers, large and small, from all areas of the rather large Douro region. Suffice it to say, it was a rather erratic and dry growing season th...
by Andy Velebil
03:07 Mon 24 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2011 Horizontal - London, Sunday 23rd April 2051
Replies: 165
Views: 108313

Re: 2011 Horizontal - London, Sunday 23rd April 2051

DRT wrote:
Glenn E. wrote:
19:13 Sat 15 May 2021
Are we reconfirming again? I reconfirm!
I reconfirm.
As do I.
by Andy Velebil
04:35 Thu 20 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

No. But my grandmother was, like pretty much all Douro grape farmers at the time, a member of CdD, do when they released these she apparently went a bit overboard with her desire to help them out. Also her uncle was the first president of the CdD, so that might've played a part . Perhaps :lol: :lol...
by Andy Velebil
20:44 Wed 19 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

MigSU wrote:
18:49 Wed 19 May 2021
Found an oddity.


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Final count:

- 1963: 16 bottles
- 1963 Lágrima: 86 bottles
- 1964: 41 bottles
- 1964 Branco: 12 bottles


Now to start unloading this...
I should have asked earlier. Did someone in your family used to work at the Casa do Douro?
by Andy Velebil
18:25 Wed 19 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

MigSU wrote:Bro, lay off the jeroboams.
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by Andy Velebil
18:25 Wed 19 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

Chris Doty wrote:Bro, where’s the schematic?!
Just arrived. Will do soon.
by Andy Velebil
18:24 Wed 19 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

4.5L (Jeroboam) of Graham's 20 Year Tawny. I've been thinking of getting one for a long while to use at my new house warming party. Well, the now not so new house (moved in last year two days before lockdown started). Now that things are improving on the Covid front, I threw caution to the wind and...
by Andy Velebil
15:46 Wed 19 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

4.5L (Jeroboam) of Graham's 20 Year Tawny. I've been thinking of getting one for a long while to use at my new house warming party. Well, the now not so new house (moved in last year two days before lockdown started). Now that things are improving on the Covid front, I threw caution to the wind and ...
by Andy Velebil
13:00 Tue 18 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?
Replies: 32
Views: 6151

Re: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?

The port producers had been used to getting the best corks for the best price. When the small cork producers amalgamated, you got what you paid for. The export markets paid for the best quality and the port producers got what was left over. The odd bit is that it was several years before the port p...
by Andy Velebil
04:52 Tue 18 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?
Replies: 32
Views: 6151

Re: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?

Were they using different corks for Gould than for Dow?! It would be natural to assume that the corks used by a brand would likely be similar to other brands owned by the same company, but if you compare the original corks of Taylor '77 and Fonseca '77, the difference is stark. F77 corks are almost...
by Andy Velebil
04:46 Tue 18 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?
Replies: 32
Views: 6151

Re: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?

...some real disappointments. Some of those disappointments were down to winemaking and hygiene and some outside the immediate control of the winemaker (Gould Campbell 1977 corks, for example). Hmm. I don’t trust any 1977vp, and a lot of that has to do with my experience with the Symington range. I...
by Andy Velebil
04:43 Tue 18 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

Visit to Raeburn Fine Wines in Edinburgh. the agent for Niepoort in Scotland. 1 bottle Niepoort 83 - brave soul 1 bottle Noval 2000 - well bought. I’ve long had an eye on 2000, but have had this least. If/when you open, please do share Halves of Niepoort 94,00, Passadouro 94 brave soul redux I don’...
by Andy Velebil
04:38 Tue 18 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: 1980 Fonseca

You sure it wasn’t a 1985? Lol. This is the only non corked youngish VP I’ve ever poured down the drain. perhaps the worst Fonseca VP in a century or more.
by Andy Velebil
20:01 Sat 15 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

Anyone had a recent buy? I got 2 x Churchill's 2011 and 2 x Noval 2007, both at auction. I also found in my basement: 12 x Casa do Douro Colheita 1963, 42 x Casa do Douro Colheita Lágrima 1963, 54 x Casa do Douro Colheita 1964, and 6 x Casa do Douro Colheita Branco 1964. Good find. A seriously larg...
by Andy Velebil
14:36 Sat 15 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

Re: Latest buy

Anyone had a recent buy? I got 2 x Churchill's 2011 and 2 x Noval 2007, both at auction. I also found in my basement: 12 x Casa do Douro Colheita 1963, 42 x Casa do Douro Colheita Lágrima 1963, 54 x Casa do Douro Colheita 1964, and 6 x Casa do Douro Colheita Branco 1964. Good find. A seriously larg...
by Andy Velebil
20:25 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1749
Views: 451959

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: 1749
Views: 451959

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: 1749
Views: 451959

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: 1749
Views: 451959

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: 1749
Views: 451959

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: 29
Views: 6085

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: 38
Views: 7717

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