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by JacobH
09:36 Mon 13 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

That’s very amusing. Where did you find that?
by JacobH
09:33 Sat 11 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus

That's really interesting. Thanks! Considering the profile of Sogrape's Port houses I can readily imagine that some stocks of high quality tawny would make the property even more attractive to them since the lag between production and sale is massive making it hard to increase volumes save acquisiti...
by JacobH
09:22 Sat 11 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

An interesting question. When we asked about their plans at the virtual Churchill tasting, it sounded like they were going to try to make foot treading work somehow, although I don't get the impression they'd worked out how. It hadn't crossed my mind that they might not have the capacity to do it me...
by JacobH
22:39 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Biddenden Ortega
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: 2016 Biddenden Ortega

Biddenden is the next village along from Tenterden which is where Chapel Down is so it's obviously a good spot for vines. A nice day out would be to visit both with lunch in the excellent Chapel Down restaurant (book ages in advance at the weekend) and a return trip from Tenderden on the preserved K...
by JacobH
11:59 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

But mostly I am just a romantic. I love the idea of old field blends, of co-fermentation of the field blends and a great Port being produced through the skill and artisanship of the grape growers and winemaker. Sadly, I also accept that while this approach worked 175 years ago, it's probably not go...
by JacobH
21:20 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

That's interesting. Would it not produce a similar result over time via natural selection since badly placed varietals would die off (or be dug out) with their spaces to be filled cuttings or layerings from their happier neighbours?
by JacobH
21:04 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Smith Woodhouse LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 310

1995 Smith Woodhouse LBV

Unfiltered LBV. I was worried this would be too mature but still darkly coloured and opaque; fading a little to purple-red. Intense concentration on the nose: some cherries perhaps with distant sugar and some flowers, too. In the mouth, not terribly expressive on first tasting. Still quite a lot of ...
by JacobH
20:39 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

Those who have championed varietal plantings are reluctant to admit that their strategy is wrong, but most of them have extended the number of varieties being planted in recent years, which hints at a tacit admission that the 'new order' wasn't perfect. I am not greatly convinced by the argument th...
by JacobH
18:22 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

As consumers I love the fact we have a choice; I'm just not sure my palate is as good as that of the winemaker who can taste a difference! I’m interested in your views as a chemist! :wink: One aspect of modern winemaking that I struggle to understand is the jettisoning of science for a load of subj...
by JacobH
18:12 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2009 Quevedo Tinta Cão
Replies: 1
Views: 329

2009 Quevedo Tinta Cão

Warning: this is a real oddity! Back in 2011, Oscar provided some of us with some single-varietal samples of the Quevedo 2009 vintage port. We tried to set up an offline to try them and do some blending but I seem to remember it never got off the ground and so it was just Rob and I who had a go foll...
by JacobH
18:03 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW

I saw your adverts for this on Twitter and was very impressed with the selection (and the price!). My main problem is working out a bottle of Port that costs c.£31 to add to the order...
by JacobH
11:59 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Law of Two Thirds discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 866

Re: Law of Two Thirds discussion

Interesting. I wonder if it will be like the UK spirit market which really exploded once they removed the minimum production requirements.
by JacobH
11:57 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus

I think “Barros Boavista” has a nicer ring to it!
by JacobH
20:14 Wed 08 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

Thanks! (Although I'm afraid that that is making me tend towards thinking of it as a buzzword rather than anything substantive....)
by JacobH
11:55 Wed 08 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Law of Two Thirds discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 866

Re: Law of Two Thirds discussion

I wonder if the first reason given (i.e. to ensure proper aging) was the main motivation when it was enacted since, in those days, I don’t think the regulations were as strict on characterising Port by age before it was sold (especially since few shippers were producing the wine themselves and were ...
by JacobH
11:38 Wed 08 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)
Replies: 4
Views: 568

Re: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

Co-fermenting never did stop. Subsided some when block planting gained fashion. My understanding is some producers are going back to co-fermenting more often than in the recent past. My opinion...I think producers have learned that either extreme (block planting and field blends) aren't the sole an...
by JacobH
09:17 Tue 07 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)
Replies: 4
Views: 568

Re: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

I don't think I've seen Alicante Bouschet referred to in the context of Port before, although reading about it, I can understand why they would use it. Wikipedia refers to its thick skins and comments that "the intense red color was also helpful for stretching the wine during prohibition, as it coul...
by JacobH
22:07 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 194
Views: 56518

Re: Pointless Statistics

I think of Churchill as one of those Ports that is always around. We usually have some dry white in the fridge; I always have a glass at Bar Douro; and they seem to be present at any public tasting. I'm actually drinking some right now- a ruby in a 20cl bottle which has somehow completely matured so...
by JacobH
19:47 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 194
Views: 56518

Re: Pointless Statistics

uncle tom wrote:
19:30 Mon 06 Jul 2020
The most times any VP has been drunk at home is eight, with three candidates.
I am very envious as to your diversity. My “most drunk” wine is the Croft 2005 LBV of which I have opened 15 bottles since about 2008 (+ 10 halves of the 2004 LBV). :shock:
by JacobH
19:40 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 194
Views: 56518

Re: Pointless Statistics

I’d forgotten about this thread. I have just been updating my Port Records Notebook. It now lists 708 notes for 666 ( :twisted:) Ports. On the basis that a glass of Port is about a fifth of the viable contents of a Port bottle, the 10 shippers I have drunk the most of in terms of volume are: 1. Tayl...
by JacobH
19:28 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256490

Re: Latest buy

That really is crazy, but then I get the impression that some wines, particularly the Dow’s SdR are being marketed firmly at the investors rather than the drinkers (who understand en primeur releases but not secondary auctions)....
by JacobH
19:05 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1993 Royal Tokaji Szt. Tamás
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: 1993 Royal Tokaji Szt. Tamás

What do you do when your birth year for Port is as bad, and subsequently expensive to get, as 1993? This is something that has kept me worried for a while. Fortunately AHB told me of a suitable alternative, Tokaji. Enter today's wine for a celebration. I’d never thought of 1993 Port as “expensive”:...
by JacobH
18:58 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256490

Re: Latest buy

I’ve been struggling but failing to buy a bottle of the Graham’s № 5 White Port (the one with the fancy bottle) locally so I have bitten the bullet and bought it online at full price (£21). I hope it is worth it!
by JacobH
18:57 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port cocktails
Replies: 35
Views: 2922

Re: Port cocktails

That’s a rather nice site. I hope they manage to tread the tightrope between adding enough to make it comprehensive without filling it out with a load of nonsense invented recipes.
by JacobH
18:56 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1196
Views: 278161

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Amazon UK is also selling the Taylor LBV at £10 and also the Graham’s Crusted (year unclear) at £15.