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by JacobH
08:19 Mon 19 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta de Val da Figueira 10 yo tawny - the ultimate Cellar Defender!
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Quinta de Val da Figueira 10 yo tawny - the ultimate Cellar Defender!

I had a freshly bottled bottle of this last year, which I bought mostly as a novelty since it had been shipped to the UK by sail by Port O’Bristol by Xisto and I was also very impressed. I can see that I wrote it was “an excellent 10 year old tawny that tastes much older than it is” which rather acc...
by JacobH
21:25 Sat 17 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 1487

Re: 2019 Declarations

It's a similar story at Croft. Although almost all the publicity refers to Quinta da Roêda, the bottle labels have it spelt Roeda. What's particularly odd is that Sērikos always appears with the ē which I think is a stress mark from the transliterated Greek rather than anything to do with Portuguese...
by JacobH
10:44 Sat 17 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 1487

Re: 2019 Declarations

Apologies. I didn’t realise it was a charity sale: there isn’t a mention of that on the Sotheby’s or PFV website.

I really hope you are right and the don’t go big with the pricing. We shall see!
by JacobH
10:07 Sat 17 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 16
Views: 4774

Re: Made from Port packaging

Re: flower pots - how long do they last before they start to rot due to water damage? They look quite good, just not sure about the longevity. I think the problem is not so much rotting—the wood is actually pretty good quality—but rather the water causes the sides to warp and then pull apart. I pre...
by JacobH
12:51 Fri 16 Apr 2021
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Court Mourning Dress
Replies: 0
Views: 84

Court Mourning Dress

At the start of the year, we had a brief discussion about court dress and court mourning dress at a virtual offline. As is well known, court dress is still used quite widely in courts in the UK, mostly for serious criminal cases before courts which sit with a jury but also for a range of different c...
by JacobH
15:46 Thu 15 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 92
Views: 10907

Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Alex Bridgeman wrote:
19:54 Tue 13 Apr 2021
To help the Churchill team prepare for their call with us, please post here what you intend to open for the tasting.
I think I’ll stick with my original choice of the 2009 QdG & 20YOT.

Thank you for sorting this all out!
by JacobH
15:37 Thu 15 Apr 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #8 - Thurs 15 April - Graham’s
Replies: 27
Views: 991

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #8 - Thurs 15 April - Graham’s

If there is still space, might I have an invitation too? I probably won’t be able to stay long. Apologies for dithering, I wasn’t sure whether to ask if I could come to this after the Graham Tasting or try to go to the Port.Club one since I missed the first. (PS. How bizarre to be double-booked for ...
by JacobH
15:30 Thu 15 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 1487

Re: 2019 Declarations

No sign of my favourite, the Roriz :( Roriz is no longer used for Port - I heard somewhere (but now can't find the source) that it is now dedicated to dry wines. That is correct. It's Prats & Symington territory now! (well, mostly) When I asked in December they said that they were still making it i...
by JacobH
16:59 Wed 14 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Crasto LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: 2015 Crasto LBV

Is this conforming to the Quinta do Noval naming convention (i.e. by “Crasto” it means wines not necessary from the Quinta)?
by JacobH
16:43 Wed 14 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 1487

Re: 2019 Declarations

As I understand it, they will release some cases with Vesuvio VP'19, '09 and '99 (one bottle of each) and some cases of Senhora da Ribeira VP '19. '09 and '99 (one bottle of each). They don't plan (as far as I understand) to release a box with one bottle each of vesuvio VP '19 and Senhora da Ribeir...
by JacobH
09:52 Wed 14 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 1487

Re: 2019 Declarations

Symington’s press release has just come out. They say they are producing a Quinta do Vesúvio and then some SQVPs, although they seem to be trying to rebrand these as “Quinta Vintage Port” rather than “SQVP”. A 2019 Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira is apparently being released this year with the Ve...
by JacobH
16:53 Mon 05 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 21st birthday port — 2018 and 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: 21st birthday port — 2018 and 2019

I think you are struggling for 2019s because we are still very early in the year for declarations. The Fladgate Parnership Houses (e.g. Taylor, Fonseca & Croft) make any declarations on St George’s Day (23rd April) & most other shippers put out their releases soon afterwards. I’d give it another mon...
by JacobH
11:24 Sun 04 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Churchill's Port Club
Replies: 27
Views: 4510

Re: Churchill's Port Club

I think they both have to pass subjective tests. Or rather, I think that all Port has to pass subjective tests. Even VP, which is probably the only reason that we've never seen a white VP since there are no laws prohibiting one. Tawnies have subjective tests, too, and if you try to age a Port in 30...
by JacobH
20:14 Thu 01 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Churchill's Port Club
Replies: 27
Views: 4510

Re: Churchill's Port Club

I was wondering about that. I couldn't remember the maximum and whether it was 5 or 6 years. But I'm think I'm right in saying that an LBV has to pass the subjective test, too? I presume they either decided that this would be too tawny to pass or that it was easier to send it out as a Ruby since tha...
by JacobH
12:22 Thu 01 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Churchill's Port Club
Replies: 27
Views: 4510

Re: Churchill's Port Club

My second box arrived today. It contained a 2005 LBV, the white reserve and what is described as Johnny Graham’s first ruby port: the “Club Ruby”. I guess by “first ruby port” they mean first basic ruby as opposed to a ruby reserve. The Club Ruby is the most interesting of the Ports. From the blurb ...
by JacobH
20:40 Wed 24 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Taylor LBV
Replies: 2
Views: 1439

Re: 2015 Taylor LBV

I've opened another bottle of this. I hadn't previously appreciate that the selo is not one that goes over the cork but, instead one of those ones that is stuck on the back of the bottle. There is a "selo" over the cork but it is plain black with the Royal Warrant on the bottom bit where the IVDP lo...
by JacobH
14:13 Wed 24 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Was it advertised as a “Quarles Harris”? I’m interested in why a BoB would go out under that label rather than Symington Family Estates.
by JacobH
14:08 Wed 24 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411499

Re: Latest buy

1984 was not a complete write off. Not at all. Indeed, 1984 can offer solid value for money. I’ve only tried a few and they were all quite attractive Ports. Reasonably light-weight but drinkable. I think one of the big problems with this vintage was that it was overshadowed by what happened before ...
by JacobH
19:17 Tue 23 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1294
Views: 405133

Re: Port for sale by retailer

I’ve just been getting some of my Port delivered from in bond and saw that Uncorked were selling Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 2004 at £129.42 for six, duty paid which seemed to me a pretty reasonable price so I bought some. They have 9 cases left.
by JacobH
17:55 Mon 22 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port

I believe Quarles Harris and Martinez are no longer being made. QH was mainly for Trader Joe's here and I haven't seen them sell any for a couple years now, which leads me to believe it's currently on hiatus. Martinez 20 is also sold here in the USA. But I think this label is also being put into hi...
by JacobH
11:47 Mon 22 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Smith Woodhouse 20 Year Old Tawny Port

That’s an interesting bottle. It’s made me have a look at other minor Symington labels and their tawnies. They seem to do a 10-year-old for all of them (“all” being GC, QH & Martinez). The only other 20-year-old I can see is a Martinez, although the only place I can see that sells it is in Hong Kong...
by JacobH
22:57 Sat 13 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Symington “Waitrose № 1” Crusted
Replies: 0
Views: 552

2015 Symington “Waitrose № 1” Crusted

Deep purple, fading only a very little. Nose has deep, concentrated grapes with some blackcurrants. The mouth gives an immediate hit of fruit which is very concentrated and hard to unpick. Blackberries, perhaps? There are some floral notes and the grapes are very present, too. There is then a strong...
by JacobH
11:50 Wed 10 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 1487

Re: 2019 Declarations

Does that mean he is not producing a Bioma? I think it is bottled a little later than the classic VP blend but I can’t remember when he usually declares it.
by JacobH
10:59 Mon 08 Mar 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1871 Cabral Port
Replies: 19
Views: 1800

Re: 1871 Cabral Port

Can someone fill me in on the history of this shipper? There is a Cabral Porto & Douro but that says it was set up in 1996 (by Emanuel A. Cabral). They say they are connected to Vallegre who own Quinta da Vista Alegre amongst other businesses. Is the Cabral being discussed here a business run by a p...
by JacobH
13:00 Sun 07 Mar 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 4 Bottles of Port for Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Re: 4 Bottles of Port for Sale

Are you sure you can't be persuaded to drink them? I think they would all be lovely at the moment or even one every Christmas eve over the next four years.