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by PhilW
11:38 Sun 18 Jul 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Fonseca 77 Cases for Sale (and Cockburns 83)
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: Fonseca 77 Cases for Sale (and Cockburns 83)

PM sent regarding the Fonseca '77 cases.
by PhilW
09:13 Thu 15 Jul 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Manuel Vasques Osorio 1870
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Manuel Vasques Osorio 1870

If it was bottled for family use in the early 20th Century, would they really have gone to the trouble of having labels made up for the purpose? I would have thought you’d need to be bottling quite a lot for it to be worthwhile, and distributing it widely (otherwise just having the bin labelled wou...
by PhilW
15:32 Wed 14 Jul 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Manuel Vasques Osorio 1870
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Manuel Vasques Osorio 1870

Hi and welcome to TPF; a very interesting bottle you have acquired. It's tricky to tell accurately from the photos, but I suspect this was bottled early in the 20th century, and with the VV marking I would guess this to be an 1870 colheita, perhaps bottled at around 60yrs old; however that is very m...
by PhilW
08:59 Wed 07 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Laying tawny down?
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Laying tawny down?

As Glenn, all my tawny are lying down, with the exception of one bottle of Dalva due to the "melted" shape. This includes recent and old bottlings, mostly t-stoppers and (a small number with) driven corks; no leakage problem with any of them so far.
by PhilW
18:51 Sun 04 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and the Euros
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: RE: Re: Port and the Euros


Alex Bridgeman wrote:That’s some impressive drinking for a man on his own, two magnums of 1975 Port.
Or "Tuesday" as Julian would call it.
by PhilW
08:36 Sat 03 Jul 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Croft and Grahams vintage port
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Croft and Grahams vintage port

Hi Kevin - welcome to TPF. As a forum of port-lovers, perhaps it is unsurprising that my advice for the "best thing to do with them" would be to drink them! Indeed, if you might like port, or have a friend who does, these are both good ports from decent years, and I would recommend anyone to open an...
by PhilW
19:22 Tue 29 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1148

Re: Port myths and their truth

I have a Dow 40yr old bottled in 1969; would have to check photos to see what older I might be able to provide evidence for, but I only log the VPs so that might take a while.
by PhilW
11:52 Tue 15 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 18
Views: 1466

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

This is getting a bit long, so I'll end on a controversial note: I see wines (in general, not just Ports) from a single plot/vineyard/Quinta the same way I see varietal wines - they're interesting tools to see what a particular plot or variety is capable of. But I'll always prefer blends, because i...
by PhilW
22:48 Mon 14 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 18
Views: 1466

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

JacobH wrote:
22:08 Mon 14 Jun 2021
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?
by PhilW
22:09 Sun 13 Jun 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, 20 October 2021, B&F
Replies: 87
Views: 32342

Re: 1980 Horizontal, DATE TBC, B&F

flash_uk wrote:
21:36 Sun 13 Jun 2021
I have also unearthed Fonseca, as well as Gould Campbell.
Good news, since it seems that since my original post, I accidentally drank my F80 (I thought it was one of my F83s, but only found out on the cork once decanting...). Adoption please, if I make it off the reserve list!
by PhilW
10:02 Sat 05 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 30
Views: 8741

Re: RE: Re: Made from Port packaging


Alex Bridgeman wrote:The picture below is of a Fonseca 1966 case.
F66box_small.jpg
That's really nicely done.

by PhilW
09:57 Sat 05 Jun 2021
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!
Replies: 7
Views: 1509

Re: Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!

But... where's the port?!
by PhilW
09:08 Fri 28 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Churchill
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

Re: 1985 Churchill

Sounds like a very poor bottle of Ch85. At one stage it was suggested that there might have been two bottlings, one better than the other, but having had quite a lot of these I think there is simply some variation, though most I've had have been very enjoyable. For a while this was one of the bottle...
by PhilW
08:15 Fri 28 May 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Warres vintage 1962
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Warres vintage 1962

PM sent.
by PhilW
10:09 Thu 27 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting
Replies: 32
Views: 3555

Re: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting

A most enjoyable and excellent evening, huge thanks to Harry for making it happen. It was such a treat to have 6 excellent and different ports in front of me again, I have really missed this :tpf: Absolutely; the samples were in excellent condition with only one (G75) showing more acidity than expe...
by PhilW
21:32 Wed 26 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2011 Horizontal - London, Sunday 23rd April 2051
Replies: 165
Views: 113688

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

Julian, not wishing to sart an argument with you regarding non attendance of offspring but you're being a bit hasty. Wouldn't it be good idea to have someone to catch the dribbles and generally keep an eye on us (medical training not obligatory but a definite plus)? I'm also a bit worried about tho...
by PhilW
08:47 Mon 24 May 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1977 Graham's Vintage Port for Sale
Replies: 14
Views: 1366

Re: 1977 Graham's Vintage Port for Sale

I'm guessing the window is pretty long for these? Any advice is very welcome! I'm very new to this :) If you're considering keeping them, then definitely do - provided you can store them well. Am in full agreement with Alex's detailed advice, and would just highlight that storage is absolutely the ...
by PhilW
21:20 Sun 23 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting
Replies: 32
Views: 3555

Re: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting

Crazy? Possibly, but only in a very good way.
Port drinking involved? Check.
Possibility to drink something delicious? Check.
Opportunity to embarrass myself with wildly inaccurate guessing? Check.
Would I like to be involved? Absolutely!
(Will PM my address for posting please)
by PhilW
08:28 Tue 18 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 818

Re: 1980 Fonseca

Corrected the above; I meant to say it was like a cross between "an F83 and (older) F85" rather than "F85 and (older) F85". It was indeed definitely F80, both from cork and from capsule; the label had disintegrated, and it was with other bottles of F83 hence my mistake, but I went back and checked t...
by PhilW
22:55 Mon 17 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 818

1980 Fonseca

Drinking a lovely Fonseca 1980 this evening; surprising since it was supposed to be an F83, but the label had disintegrated and the cork clearly shows F80. Classic Fonseca nose and flavours, this wine feels like a cross between an F83 and (older) F85, with firm yet dusky red cherries and a hint of s...
by PhilW
11:49 Mon 17 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A newbie question on provenance
Replies: 13
Views: 1929

Re: A newbie question on provenance

Hi Sean, and welcome to TPF. In terms of trying to obtain impeccable provenance and minimise risk, I would suggest that your best bet would be to buy from a high-reputation retailer, and to ensure that the case you buy is in-bond, so you're essentially guaranteed that the case has been in well clima...
by PhilW
10:42 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1779
Views: 475967

Re: Latest buy

n.b. While the above suggests that the level could well be higher (from a risk perspective), and I agree that aesthetically that would be more pleasing, I don't think you can fairly call it a "poor fill" unless the volume of liquid supplied is less than specified.