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by JacobH
12:23 Sat 16 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 23
Views: 321

Re: Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Incidentally, my first batch from the Port Club was send out pretty promptly and I got it just before Christmas so if you ordered a while ago and haven't recieved anything it might be worth chasing them. Unless, of course, they have said something else! I was convinced to join on Wednesday night af...
by JacobH
10:58 Sat 16 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 23
Views: 321

Re: Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Incidentally, my first batch from the Port Club was send out pretty promptly and I got it just before Christmas so if you ordered a while ago and haven't recieved anything it might be worth chasing them. Unless, of course, they have said something else!
by JacobH
10:29 Mon 11 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"

Putting to one side the debate as to whether tawny Ports are capable of being aged in bottles, considering the low fill level and leakage, I wouldn’t expect it to be drinkable so don’t pay more for it than you think it is worth as an ornament! I can almost guarantee that it will be drinkable. Depen...
by JacobH
18:28 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"

The regulations which are quoted there date from the mid-1980s. I’m not sure if there were similar provisions before that about the labeling of non-vintage ports. I wouldn’t have any doubt the bottle is genuine. Silva & Cosens (in the bottom left) was the company name through which Dow’s was traded ...
by JacobH
18:20 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The terrible year 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: The terrible year 2020

jdaw1 wrote:
17:09 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Sten wrote:
12:57 Thu 24 Dec 2020
since the 27th of March we have been tasted > 65 new ports.
Impressive without the ‘new’. But really impressive with new. Doubtless all were in the book.
Wouldn’t that mean they have to be both <1986 and Vintage Port? Triply impressive if so!
by JacobH
13:59 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961
Replies: 25
Views: 1921

Re: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961

im not expert and fairly new to the collecting port game, drank vast amounts whilst in the forces, I have been told that there is a crusted 1973 port, I don’t know if this will make a difference to you, but for a Crusted Port the year on the bottle is the bottling date rather than the year in which...
by JacobH
13:52 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"

“Old Port” was the pre-modern terminology for “tawny” for the reasons Glenn sets out so I don’t think there can be any doubt about what this is. Indeed, it was potentially quite a nice wine at the time it was bottled. From the Croft 1962 pricelist which I posted elsewhere I think the hierarchy went ...
by JacobH
12:54 Wed 06 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham 10 YO Tawny
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: NV Graham 10 YO Tawny

Those are good suggestions. I haven’t tried the RP for years: the brand doesn’t really have a big presence in the UK. The price of the Niepoort has really shot up in the UK. It’s probably the most expensive 10-year-old these days. Whilst you can get it for about £32.50, the usual prices are about £3...
by JacobH
23:30 Tue 05 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham 10 YO Tawny
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: NV Graham 10 YO Tawny

Incidentally, if I wanted a 10-year-old house Port, I would go for the Alta Nº 10 by Quinta da Pedra Alta. It’s a touch more expensive—£25 for 50cl or £22.50 if you buy 6—but I would take that over paying £21 a bottle for the Graham 10-year-old.
by JacobH
23:26 Tue 05 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham 10 YO Tawny
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: NV Graham 10 YO Tawny

I think there are a few things going on here. Firstly, what Rich posted in his Dow 10-year-old TN—that his friends expressed a preference for that over a LBV—seems to me to be quite a common experience. Whilst :tpf: members might not like the average supermarket 10-year-old, they seem to do very wel...
by JacobH
22:58 Tue 05 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Graham LBV
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: 2015 Graham LBV

Notes: A 200th Anniversary bottling. Filtered. Deep purple, fading a little bit to the edge. The nose is concentrated with different dark fruits, although ever so slightly spirity. In the mouth, there is an immediate hit of grapes, blackcurrants and little cherry. The tannins are remarkably strong f...
by JacobH
10:55 Mon 04 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 207
Views: 73330

Re: Pointless Statistics

Do you own much non-Port fortified wines? I notice that after champagne most of your holdings, apart from England, are from fairly major fortified wine producers. I must say that I’m pretty bad at stocking up anything that is fortified but not Port: I don’t think I’ve got any unopened / un-coravined...
by JacobH
14:45 Sun 03 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1561
Views: 355397

Re: Latest buy

One of my great revelations with port was discovering just how absurd making wines from a single vintage is. Blending stocks from a single vintage to make a good wine is far harder than working with stocks from different years. It is possible to create a first division crusted port from leftover se...
by JacobH
13:34 Sun 03 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1561
Views: 355397

Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Latest buy

I'm intrigued to see what the 2016-2018 LBVs offer over the next couple of years. I'm looking out for the Niepoort 2016 LBV with interest. 2016 was the year Niepoort had it's big family upset, and Dirk couldn't bring himself to declare a regular VP, only declaring a small amount of Bioma. Officiall...
by JacobH
13:27 Sun 03 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1561
Views: 355397

Re: Latest buy

I suppose if he really wanted to avoid putting 2016 on the label, turning it into a Crusted Port would be the obvious way to do it. Although I've never been quite sure when or why Niepoort makes a Crusted and how they are supposed to rate compared to their LBVs.
by JacobH
11:39 Sun 03 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 14
Views: 6870

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

The medium sweetness of this colheita was complemented by a corresponding level of acidity and the wine struck me as somewhat thin for its evident age. All told, this bottle made for an educative experience insofar as it reminded me why some of us seek out colheitas, flaws and all, and why the cont...
by JacobH
22:20 Fri 01 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: André Ribeirinho 100 Best Portuguese Wines
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: André Ribeirinho 100 Best Portuguese Wines

I haven’t met him but he seems like a great chap from what he posts online.

I think his list probably reflects what is on offer in Portugal which is somewhat different to other parts of Europe; although I was rather surprised about the complete lack of LBVs!
by JacobH
11:09 Fri 01 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The terrible year 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: The terrible year 2020

During this terrible Corona times we have in the family decided to try to taste a new Vintage Port every week-end on the terrace – keeping the distance safe. Sorry to say we have not managed to do so every week-end but since the 27th of March we have been tasted > 65 new ports. We have really enjoy...
by JacobH
12:47 Thu 31 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1561
Views: 355397

Re: Latest buy

That’s a very fair point, although I wonder when they will move to the 2016? I am starting to see some of those releases for sale.
by JacobH
11:09 Thu 31 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1561
Views: 355397

Re: Latest buy

Jasper May wrote:
17:49 Wed 30 Dec 2020
Fearing a TPF drain on the country's resources, I went online and ordered - to date they have *said* that they will deliver to me ! :)
When I tried to buy some last night, it was marked “out-of-stock” which I presume is the :tpf: effect! Thankfully, it seemed to be available again this morning.
by JacobH
10:37 Mon 28 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Character Port
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: Vintage Character Port

The lesser styles of port do not survive the test of time. I have a half (and sadly empty) bottle of 'Invalid Port', but despite sales running into many millions, and from more than one producer, I have never been able to secure a full bottle in good order. It’s interesting that there is little of ...
by JacobH
23:29 Sun 27 Dec 2020
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Pomegranate Port
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Pomegranate Port

[*Side note: how do I know? I once attended a blind alco-pops tasting. Two Dogs Lemonade won. The tasting note on one of the substances tested, I won't reveal which, read 'Looks like drain cleaner. Smells like drain cleaner. Tastes like drain cleaner.' We then put it down the lavatory. Terrifyingly...
by JacobH
21:49 Sun 27 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Character Port
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: Vintage Character Port

Thanks, DRT!

I’m often surprised at how recent this change was, although I’m pretty sure I’ve seen El Vino’s “Vintage Character” for sale much more recently and I doubt that was reserve stocks (perhaps they were labeling it in the UK?).
by JacobH
21:16 Sun 27 Dec 2020
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Pomegranate Port
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Pomegranate Port

PS. I hope they are fleshing it out with some Touriga Francesa otherwise I imagine it will not be very drinkable at all! From my memory of trying single-varietal Ports, only Tinta Roriz (i.e. Tempranillo) works on its own.