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by griff
12:17 Mon 15 May 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Port Forum Port Bucket List
Replies: 39
Views: 3133

Re: The Port Forum Port Bucket List

My wishlist is to try a Noval Nacional that will fascinate my taste buds. Barring that, I'd love to do a horizontal of the 55's as the only 55's I've had are the cockburn and the dow's which was graciously opened by Uncle Tom I admire your ambition! The 55 vintage is, in my opinion, the ne plus ult...
by griff
12:09 Mon 13 Feb 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1977s from Magnum and Tappit Hen, Wed 1 Feb 2017, B&F
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: 1977s from Magnum and Tappit Hen, Wed 1 Feb 2017, B&F

What a lovely event.

Would it be correct in saying that there was a significant difference in scores between magnum and Tappit Hen bottlings for the two Houses that allowed comparison? If so, I wonder how a larger bottling of Taylors or Fonseca would have performed!
by griff
22:55 Sat 14 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 114
Views: 34915

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

A 1996 Quinta do Vesuvio was mute on first pour and confirmed as corked by the better half. With port stocks in the Aussie cellar dwindling, this was a very sad turn of events. Thankfully the first of six to disappoint, with six still to go. My condolences. A bit warm for port this time of year isn...
by griff
11:49 Sat 14 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 114
Views: 34915

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

A 1996 Quinta do Vesuvio was mute on first pour and confirmed as corked by the better half. With port stocks in the Aussie cellar dwindling, this was a very sad turn of events. Thankfully the first of six to disappoint, with six still to go.
by griff
09:32 Tue 30 Aug 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2003 Quinta de la Rosa
Replies: 0
Views: 3668

2003 Quinta de la Rosa

D+1 hour. Dense opaque red with some paling at the rim. Savory herb on the nose. Pressed lamb's tongue with a hint of caramel (If you asked me if I would ever type that sentence then I would say the odds were against). Fiery, brambly palate that sits forward in the mouth. Integrated, almost herbal f...
by griff
06:22 Sat 02 Jul 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Three new members of the Confraria
Replies: 23
Views: 2671

Re: Three new members of the Confraria

Lovely news! Congratulations!
by griff
14:13 Tue 07 Jun 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 7
Views: 1948

Re: 1995 Quinta do Vesuvio

Hard to follow the 1994 but I have enjoyed this one a couple of times over the last few years. A sleeper.
by griff
13:16 Thu 12 May 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 6327

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

I think the information here is marvellous. Particularly the houses to explore. I personally think of crusted and LBV ports as singing to a similar hymn sheet; an accessible vintage port style. Now a crusted does it via blending vintage ports including some with some age, whereas an LBV does it with...
by griff
12:56 Thu 12 May 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Graham
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: 1977 Graham

While I have been concerned about the tenor of the palate, I have not been concerned about longevity. Does a vintage port need to exclusively demonstrate 'stuffing' to cellar?
by griff
13:39 Thu 28 Apr 2016
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: uncle jimmys port
Replies: 10
Views: 1606

Re: uncle jimmys port

Some lovely bottles there. There would be some concern with the levels however as it suggests that they would have been subject to some temperature variation over the last 50 or so years.
by griff
13:34 Thu 28 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Graham
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: 1977 Graham

Thank you for the note. It is nice to see the 1977 Graham starting to strut!
by griff
05:59 Sun 24 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The order of australia association
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: The order of australia association

Langtons Wine Auctions (and other Australian auction houses) have a database of prices paid. This particular 'port' would not be worth much for the contents but the bottle may have some significance to some people. They may pay enough at auction for you to afford a Black cab fare for about 250 meter...
by griff
05:53 Sun 24 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Investigation for a PhD on Port
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: Investigation for a PhD on Port

Completed
by griff
12:07 Mon 14 Mar 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Quinta do Noval
Replies: 12
Views: 4465

Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval

Has the second experiment taken place? I am curious.
by griff
11:25 Wed 03 Feb 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Campaigning Port
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Re: Campaigning Port

And here was me thinking of commissioned port for military campaigns :roll:
by griff
10:48 Fri 29 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cooking with Port
Replies: 39
Views: 2608

Re: Cooking with Port

Hmmm...haven't tried celery on the canine food disposal unit. An experiment beckons.
by griff
13:29 Fri 22 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Elementary schoolboy errors
Replies: 15
Views: 1448

Re: Elementary schoolboy errors

Well not at home it seems. A 2009 Fonseca magnum just disappeared :roll:
by griff
09:06 Thu 21 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Elementary schoolboy errors
Replies: 15
Views: 1448

Re: Elementary schoolboy errors

Elementary schoolboy error: Failing to appreciate that the magnificence of large format bottles of port will override all sense of restraint, fiscal or otherwise.
by griff
08:58 Thu 21 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cooking with Port
Replies: 39
Views: 2608

Re: Cooking with Port

Asked Rebecca for the recipe. Based (very) loosely on Rosemary Shrager's version in the Castle Cook cookbook. Go to Scotland. Obtain a venison haunch (we obtained ours from Inveraray but no doubt forumites may wish to shoot their own) and 2 bottles of port (1 of tawny and 1 of LBV) Drink half the bo...
by griff
13:16 Mon 04 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: 1963 Noval Nacional

Glorious! Yes indeed that is what wine is for and Port moreso.

I was treated to a 1995 Y'quem this New Year's Eve just gone, brought by a friend as he knew that I liked wine. Different order of magnitude yet a similar sentiment was shown.
by griff
08:01 Wed 25 Nov 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Fonseca
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: 1985 Fonseca

Admirable restraint. Surely a taste is required to check for taint? :D
by griff
23:42 Mon 09 Nov 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cockburn 1977
Replies: 52
Views: 4563

Re: Cockburn 1977

Nice! I would be keen on acquiring being a birth year and all that but looks like it may not be available to the likes of me.
by griff
11:52 Thu 15 Oct 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: No port in Bangalore - thankfully, I'm in London.
Replies: 14
Views: 2298

Re: No port in Bangalore - thankfully, I'm in London.

Seven hour response for an international emergency. Jeff Tracy would be proud!
by griff
22:06 Tue 13 Oct 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Music suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 2062

Re: Music suggestions

I felt something smoother and more languid would be needed for the RP20. I did consider Baroque (although I was thinking Music for the Royal Fireworks) but it was too lively and not mellifluous enough. I ended up choosing between Moon River and Summertime from Porgy & Bess (the Billie Holiday versi...
by griff
21:59 Tue 13 Oct 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Music suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 2062

Re: Music suggestions

To advance the conversation, be encouraged to give reasoned disagreement with a previous suggestion. Sandeman Vau 2003? - Quite young and brash at present. Mussorgsky - Night On Bald Mountain. Is the music more dangerously brooding than the youthful brash charming Port? I think my (impressionable) ...