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by Andy Velebil
21:40 Sun 11 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sandeman signature vintage character port
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Sandeman signature vintage character port

It was bottled sometime around the early to mid 1990's. As mentioned, worth basically nothing.
by Andy Velebil
21:37 Sun 11 Aug 2019
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1998 Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
Replies: 0
Views: 47

1998 Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa

It's been close to a decade since I've last had this and when I saw it in the cellar decided it was time to check in on it. Took to dinner with friends to pair with an amazing 41 ounce 45-day dry aged Porterhouse. Wine was decanted about 3 hours before consuming. This has really lightened up on the ...
by Andy Velebil
13:29 Tue 06 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)
Replies: 20
Views: 978

Re: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

The last one I opened was a 1963 Warre's VP just over a week ago. Granted, it was not my bottle but I did open it, decant it and then drink some of it. Does that count?
by Andy Velebil
15:33 Mon 29 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 120
Views: 62408

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

1964 Taylor’s Single Harvest Tawny was horribly corked this weekend [emoji22]
by Andy Velebil
10:16 Wed 24 Jul 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 9
Views: 638

Re: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

In the US, 1977 Graham's is available for $105 from The Chicago Wine Company and for only slightly more than that from 3 more reputable sources. So I think your $125 retail estimate is on the high side. That said, Phil's estimate of 50-60% of retail is more appropriate in the UK than in the US. Her...
by Andy Velebil
14:04 Sat 13 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An Oddity
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: An Oddity

What makes you think it’s a 1960?
by Andy Velebil
20:27 Fri 05 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 1193

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

Here's my take on CD'ers. I break them down into a couple of categories; Inexpensive deals for everyday drinking without thinking. These are under $20/bottle and are usually LBV's, Ruby Reserves, younger Tawny's and the like. More mature VP, not for everyday drinking but not for special occasions. O...
by Andy Velebil
10:48 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Noval 63 Question
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Noval 63 Question

The white part was often used to put importer's/distributor's/bottler's info there. No clue as to why some have it and some don't.

They also used that white part to put Nacional and other verbiage there.
by Andy Velebil
09:49 Thu 27 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Vallado Adelaide
Replies: 3
Views: 914

Re: 2017 Vallado Adelaide

I do believe the "Adelaide" on this needs to be removed. http://theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12913
by Andy Velebil
10:49 Thu 13 Jun 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1994s, Tue 11 June 2019, at the B&F
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: 1994s, Tue 11 June 2019, at the B&F

Very nice recap and glad to see the 1994's have generally come back out of their respective awkward teenage years. When I last did a horizontal of 1994's on their 20th, many were very awkward and not showing their best at that moment. I am curious about Flash_UK's comments about the Noval. I've had ...
by Andy Velebil
19:48 Mon 10 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 1778

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

... FTLOP in 2010 went with the 'ask the producers what they think' [https://www.fortheloveofport.com/taylor-and-symington-declarations/]. I think that is the single most useful source on the point. Dominic Symington is there quoted as saying "The term ‘General Declaration’ is one that has historic...
by Andy Velebil
19:37 Mon 10 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 1778

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

I suspect that the concept of a general declaration came into being amongst the British houses in the mid nineteenth century. There were many more of them then than there are today and it is likely that at least some of the decision making would have taken place informally over lunch at the Factory...
by Andy Velebil
23:35 Tue 04 Jun 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 2268

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

To me this looks genuine and most likely a colheita port of the vintage 1927. Perhaps bottled a couple of decades later and could then very well be imported after the prohibition. I perhaps thought so to. But here’s why I disagree - “RUBY” on the next label - back label saying throws sediment - tho...
by Andy Velebil
11:45 Thu 30 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 2268

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

I could see that, but other than a pic of a bottle in each I didn't see any actual info about the Port or the producer.
by Andy Velebil
09:17 Thu 30 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 2268

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

More info on this website: (same bottle): https://www.vivino.com/valente-costa-ca-douro-port/w/2855722?year=1927 also more about the company: https://www.vivino.com/valente-costa-ca-douro-port/w/2855722 Perhaps I am missing something, but I see no information about the bottle or the company on eith...
by Andy Velebil
19:37 Wed 29 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 2268

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

Wasn't Prohibition 1920-1933? So this wouldn't have been imported then, and the labeling just doesn't strike me as "of the era." That said, maybe worth picking up and NY/NJ crew adds it as an oddity to the next gathering? EJINPA -- where in PA? I'm in NJ. Difficult to say as there were various exce...
by Andy Velebil
07:25 Wed 29 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2017 Vintage Port Tasting Recap with Notes and other information
Replies: 8
Views: 1604

Re: 2017 Vintage Port Tasting Recap with Notes and other information

AHB, thanks for your notes on them! We're pretty spot on with most of them. Though you must of had an off bottle of Ra ;)
by Andy Velebil
03:33 Wed 29 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 2268

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

Thanks for the additional pics. It appears to be a vintage Port and not a tawny. Most likely bottled somewhere around 1929-1931ish. The fill level isn't so great. The producer isn't/wasn't highly regarded in that era and is largely not known by most today. Given the passive storage, low fill and oth...
by Andy Velebil
11:58 Tue 28 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 2268

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

Can you take better pics of the labels and capsule? Also, what is the fill level of the bottle? Where exactly was it stored and in what general geographical area has it been stored all these years?
by Andy Velebil
08:25 Tue 21 May 2019
Forum: Travel
Topic: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?
Replies: 10
Views: 2158

Re: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?

The only thing I remind people is the Douro Valley in the summer can be unbearably hot at times. Especially if you come from a country/area that is relatively cool climate and aren't used to it. Though even for me, who lives in a desert area, it wouldn't be fun. Hard to drink Port or wine when it's ...
by Andy Velebil
00:44 Sat 18 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: W & J Grahams Malvedos 1979 and Dow's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: W & J Grahams Malvedos 1979 and Dow's 1977 Vintage Port

As JDAW said, if you can get 150 Pounds for the Malvedos take it now.

The Dow's has a horrible TCA (corked) issue and not worth the gamble to buy these days. Perhaps gift away to someone who likes Port and will cross their fingers and hope it's one of the bottles that actual show well.
by Andy Velebil
06:11 Fri 17 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Souza Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 928

1997 Souza Vintage Port

Decanted 6.5 hours. A ruby red with some bricking. Medium weight on the palate, with licorice, tobacco leaf, red stone fruits and some protruding spirit. There are some light tannins that show up on the back of the mouth then soften as it transitions to a medium length finish. The finish brings fort...
by Andy Velebil
01:24 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Warre’s Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 963

2017 Warre’s Vintage Port

2017 Warre’s Vintage Port This was one of the darkest of the line up in color. A very fragrant nose full of fresh dark fruit, esteva, tea and fresh flowers. A touch sweeter in style with some youthful spirit still poking through that will dissipate shortly. Eucalyptus and spearmint, dusty dry tannin...
by Andy Velebil
01:24 Sat 11 May 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 909

2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port

2017 Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port The fourth bottling of this Port. Loads of black plums, violets and flowers on the nose. This shows a touch drier than the regular bottling with layers of tobacco, lots of spices, cassis, dusty tannins, cracked white pepper, black fruit and excellent aci...