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by winesecretary
23:14 Tue 20 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: Addendum
Replies: 20
Views: 4778

Re: Port Vintages: Addendum

You are probably talking thesis-binding rates for small runs, so circa fifty quid a copy...

... leather-bound extra.
by winesecretary
10:50 Tue 20 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: Addendum
Replies: 20
Views: 4778

Re: Port Vintages: Addendum

@jdaw1 - Thank you once again for this document, it is much appreciated and I have forwarded the link to the two people to whom I gave copies of The Book. I read it last night with some of a slightly disappointing Cockburn Crusting, bottled 1978.
by winesecretary
08:18 Tue 20 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: Addendum
Replies: 20
Views: 4778

Re: Port Vintages: Addendum

@ JacobH - property lawyers...
by winesecretary
21:31 Mon 19 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cockburn Crusting Bottled 1978
Replies: 0
Views: 38

NV Cockburn Crusting Bottled 1978

Cork came out fairly cleanly, only the bottom quarter breaking. Level excellent. A small amount of thick sediment, a small amount of coffee-granule sediment. 1 hour decant. Tawny pink, barely opaque anywhere. Nose of mint and heat. Rose hips early, some marmalade notes mid-palate, tobacco notes late...
by winesecretary
21:19 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Sandeman
Replies: 0
Views: 132

1970 Sandeman

English bottled. A well-kept bottle, level into neck and cork eased out clean in one piece. Some fairly lumpy sediment. +0.5-3 hours Cherry-coloured, 60% opaque. Faint nose of rose hips. Very sweet red fruits early, pronounced tobacco thereafter, followed by cherries poached in a kirsch syrup. Sligh...
by winesecretary
16:24 Tue 13 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 1267

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

What strikes me about that classification system is that location, location, location is key to high classification: 901 plus-points (and 980 minus-points) available. Soil and viticulture only add up to 660 plus-points (but up to 2,000 minus points). So, to put it another way, bad viticultural pract...
by winesecretary
22:23 Sun 11 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Alcohol Duty Review
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Alcohol Duty Review

Julian, you raise many interesting points, and I need to think particularly about food miles and sugar content (albeit additional levies on the latter would prejudice this group).
by winesecretary
00:11 Sun 11 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Alcohol Duty Review
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Alcohol Duty Review

Because it's late, dealing exclusively with your (c) (i) We will not kill cider and perry by equalising duty rates. A. Cider and beer are not interchangeable at alcohol levels high enough to make a cash difference. B. The duty is (in pub terms) an irrelevant amount even if you are running an bright ...
by winesecretary
22:51 Sat 10 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Alcohol Duty Review
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Alcohol Duty Review

Fellow Port Drinkers, You should read this document... https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/923128/20200930_call_for_evidence_FINAL.pdf ...and, submit evidence in reply to it. This is a serious business which may significantly change the way...
by winesecretary
21:18 Sat 10 Oct 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Biddenden Ortega
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: 2016 Biddenden Ortega

I had a friend who lived close to Biddenden 20-odd years ago. I remember there being a rather nice feather-weight pinot noir...
by winesecretary
17:05 Thu 08 Oct 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quinta de la Rosa @ 67 Virtual
Replies: 20
Views: 928

Re: Quinta de la Rosa @ 67 Virtual

Sorry not to be joining you - I expect to be in transit that evening.
by winesecretary
22:13 Tue 06 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 328

1980 Graham

4 hour decant. Splendid dark rich red, little sign of age. Richly fruited nose, too, with an attractive hint of cherry drops. In the mouth full and tannic. Very pronounced cherries mid-palate. Tannins and fruit both last to the end. Splendid stuff, if atypical for Graham, but needs another decade be...
by winesecretary
21:59 Tue 06 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Gould Campbell
Replies: 0
Views: 229

1985 Gould Campbell

30 minute decant, needed longer. 50% opaque at most, a lovely garnet. Exotic white pepper and roses on nose. In the mouth, rose hips, lychee, Chinese five spice on the finish, reminded me of Rolly Gassman's Gewurztraminer. Quite light for a 1985, and elegant. Later, Batgers Chinese Figs on both nose...
by winesecretary
23:05 Mon 28 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas
Replies: 0
Views: 370

1991 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas

After the 1991 tasting I went out into the auction marketplace and backfilled on the three winners- Croft, TV, and QdlR. This was a bottle that was opened four hours ahead to end a Friday night dinner for six that for Covid-19 reasons turned into a dinner for three. So we only drank half of it. Imme...
by winesecretary
18:32 Sat 26 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Favourite corkscrews
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: Favourite corkscrews

The Durand is theoretically replicable more cheaply but it is a patented design. I think the £125 I (well, actually, my girlfriend as a Christmas present) paid for mine almost five years ago is one of the better investments I have seen made. I have opened perhaps a thousand bottles, including some v...
by winesecretary
18:56 Tue 22 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 364

Re: Experiences on WineBid

WineBid: alas sadly not really available to us Brits, although I would welcome them extending their platform over here, some of the UK auction house commissions are absolutely confiscatory. About 15 years ago, I once bought some really rare madeira from Winebid in the US, and by the time the UK cust...
by winesecretary
12:01 Tue 22 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Not the VE Day Tasting - Mon 28 Sep
Replies: 4
Views: 826

Re: Not the VE Day Tasting - Mon 28 Sep

I would like to attend but alas I am almost certainly going to be stuck 100 miles away for reasons of family logistics.
by winesecretary
00:00 Mon 21 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 226

1963 Fonseca

Bottled by Grants of St James's, with the infamous plastic capsule. Cork came out cleanly but in two pieces. Excellent level, in neck. 4 hour decant. A superb garnet, 50% opaque. Nose of tobacco and dusty cherries. Figgy, lusciously sweet, but balanced, palate. Entirely resolved tannins. Very long f...
by winesecretary
23:46 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 135
Views: 37777

Re: The Five Word Novel

with the Almoner of the
by winesecretary
18:51 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 91063

Re: Port House abbreviations

@ Glenn - my apologies, I should have been more specific. Guimaraens - branded SQVPs from Quinta do Mileau were made in (at least) 1944, 1946 & 1947 (Book page 311); and Guimaraens -branded Quinta do Cruzeiro was made in 1982 (Book page 173) (vintageport.se adds 1978). VWAP has Guimaraens - branded ...
by winesecretary
10:57 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 91063

Re: Port House abbreviations

Guimaraens is problematic, I agree, as it has appeared as Vintage, LBV and SQVP...
by winesecretary
10:42 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 21st September?
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Monday 21st September?

Regret non-availability due to heading off to country for the week...
by winesecretary
00:23 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 91063

Re: Port House abbreviations

Right. But Niepoort Pisca became Bioma in 08. We have now had... five Biomas? It has longevity as a name. But, that is not determinative. To my view, crucially, it is actually different from that wine from which it is distinguished. Thus, Pisca makes the actually differential cut, as does Bioma. ML ...
by winesecretary
16:00 Tue 15 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1656

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

I will have a glass of Warre 1994 in one hand and a glass of Niepoort Crusted (bottled 2014) in the other. Neither was a leaker, I haven't had the opportunity to scan the country cellar for candidates. I am looking forward to both wines but, much more than that, to seeing your friendly faces.
by winesecretary
22:31 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1656

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

I will arrive circa 1930 - the toad work...