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by richmills
10:13 Fri 03 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Fonseca
Replies: 7
Views: 3419

Re: 1985 Fonseca

Well I'm just enjoying the final glass of this now, and after nearly 48 hours I think rhis is the best one yet. I have 5 bottles of this remaining and I definitely think I'll hold on for a few more years before opening the next one. Holding on to the remaining 5 bottles for a few years before openi...
by richmills
19:03 Wed 01 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness

I'll try the kettle and steam idea next time if it looks like the cork is stuck. I don't think I should be allowed near open flames and port, so tongs are probably out :-) I don't doubt there are many instances of dry and crumbly corks out there, I was just curious about whether it was particularly ...
by richmills
15:37 Tue 24 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness

I opened a bottle of Vesuvio 94 last night and had a right fight with the cork. It was quite dry, very crumbly and stuck to the sides. I ended up drilling the cork out in lots of little bits. I had exactly the same problem with the previous bottle of Vesuvio 94 I opened from a completely different b...
by richmills
16:17 Tue 18 Jul 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Couriers
Replies: 16
Views: 1410

Re: Couriers

Don't get me started; we're currently trying to get a package delivered by dpd. Yesterday we had a text saying they attempted to deliver but we weren't in with a picture attached of someone else's gate entirely, so my wife phoned up and gave detailed instructions for how to get to us with a note to ...
by richmills
15:47 Tue 18 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 249

1983 Graham

Quite dark in the decanter for a 34 year old port. Smelling of black currants, a first taste straight after decanting is very discouraging; there's a sourness and bitterness I didn't enjoy at all. I nearly decided the bottle was spoiled and tipped it away but I decided to give it another chance and ...
by richmills
17:04 Mon 13 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An afternoon of rummaging
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Re: An afternoon of rummaging

The best bit is when you come across that odd bottle at the bottom of a rack or in an odd case you totally forgot you had :-)
by richmills
16:27 Tue 07 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What have you got open this weekend?
Replies: 74
Views: 5575

Re: What have you got open this weekend?

Hardly the weekend anymore I realise, but I have a bottle of Ramos Pinto 20yo open. I'm skiing in Val d'Isere and it's the only choice from the local supermarket. Quite nice actually.
by richmills
08:42 Sun 05 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What have you got open this weekend?
Replies: 74
Views: 5575

Re: What have you got open this weekend?

Doggett wrote:
00:31 Sun 05 Mar 2017
A Sandeman 20YO Tawny. A classic that I am trying to employ some restraint with, even though it is so moreish.
My goto cellar defender, very good value.
by richmills
11:54 Fri 24 Feb 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Warre's 1970 Private Cellar release
Replies: 7
Views: 879

Re: Warre's 1970 Private Cellar release

I wonder if it is an attempt to reposition the prices of UK stock. I have not seen the 85 offered at inflated prices yet but I hope it isn't true. I'm after getting a few 85s to add to my current meagre stocks and I've noticed that the good ones have taken a significant jump since I previously look...
by richmills
12:22 Fri 03 Feb 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1376
Views: 114378

Re: Latest buy

I broke my duck on the 2011 vintage. Half a case of 2011 Quinta da Senhora do Convento at £24/bottle retail. I hope Alex is right about this wine, all I have to do now is live long enough to drink it. Can't argue with that price. I know what you mean though, I have a small amount of Grahams and Fon...
by richmills
11:58 Sun 29 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1976 Krohn Colheita
Replies: 0
Views: 256

1976 Krohn Colheita

Bottled 2016. Quite dark brown still with rich flavours of smoky oak, coffee, and marmalade. Really thick and sticky (in a good way!) with perfect acidity and so smooth, I just can't stop taking another sip. This is how I think colheita should be, fortunately I still have another 7 bottles stashed a...
by richmills
11:53 Sun 29 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Kopke Colheita
Replies: 0
Views: 230

1955 Kopke Colheita

Bottled 2014. I'll admit to being disappointed with this, it had quite a simple profile with a dominant flavour of sour cherries. I know I don't have the best ability to sift and identify individual flavours within a wine, but in this case there really was only 1 thing I could taste. Also it was sli...
by richmills
11:46 Sun 29 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 223

1970 Taylor

Somewhat lighter pink than the last few of these I've had. After a 6 hour decant this was a lovely smooth port with soft berry flavours and just the right amount of acidity. Very good port but definitely lighter bodied than I remember Taylor 70 being. 92 points.
by richmills
15:08 Thu 12 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1376
Views: 114378

Re: Latest buy

2x Krohn Colheita '76
1x Grahams '70
1x Fonseca '70
2x Grahams '77
6x Qunita do Vesuvio '94

Stop me, I need help.
by richmills
10:48 Sat 24 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas wine and port
Replies: 12
Views: 1184

Re: Christmas wine and port

Kopke colheita 1955 (already on the go)
Taylor 1970 for the big day
Taylor 1977 if it turns out there's another port emergency between Christmas and new year :)
by richmills
12:07 Sun 16 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1994; Where's the value?
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: 1994; Where's the value?

Thiis thread only serves to remind me how little '94 I've drunk in recent years. A decade ago I would pop the odd one from time to time, but then concluded it was not very rewarding or informative to open bottles under 18 years old. 18 then morphed to 21 and then 24, each time leaving the '94s just...
by richmills
10:49 Fri 14 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1994; Where's the value?
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: 1994; Where's the value?

Thanks all. Some Warres and Dow ordered and I'll keep my eye out for any bargain priced Grahams and Vesuvio I think. Now I just have to wait patiently for 10-20 years, better hope those 85s come good in the meantime :)
by richmills
08:58 Wed 12 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1994; Where's the value?
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

1994; Where's the value?

I've decided that '94 is probably going to be the vintage I'll be wanting to have a decent amount of port available to drink in the future (say from around 15-20 years time), and so I've decided to build up a little bit of stock in my cellar now. I already have a few Fonseca that I managed to pick u...
by richmills
08:58 Tue 04 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 3
Views: 513

Re: 1985 Graham

I've had the Graham, Taylor and Fonseca 85s in the past year and been a little disappointed with all of them. None of them were bad, I just felt slightly underwhelmed with them all in different ways. Could this be a sign the 85s are in a bad place right now? Or is the vintage in general in danger of...
by richmills
11:44 Sat 03 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1376
Views: 114378

Re: Latest buy

1x Taylor '94
1x Taylor '77
1x Kopke colheita '66
1x Kopke colheita '57
by richmills
16:08 Sat 30 Jul 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Fonseca
Replies: 7
Views: 3419

Re: 1985 Fonseca

Well I'm just enjoying the final glass of this now, and after nearly 48 hours I think rhis is the best one yet. I have 5 bottles of this remaining and I definitely think I'll hold on for a few more years before opening the next one.
by richmills
13:36 Fri 29 Jul 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Fonseca
Replies: 7
Views: 3419

1985 Fonseca

Cork came out easily and in 1 piece. It's very dark still in the decanter and rather closed on the nose, not sure I can really pick out much. An immediate glass at T0 is quite disappointingly simple; a reasonably long finish but I'd describe the taste as just boozy jam with not enough acidity to mak...
by richmills
10:32 Fri 22 Jul 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Where to buy Colheita
Replies: 12
Views: 1912

Re: Where to buy Colheita

Hi Guys, I know this thread has not been used for a while but as I am considering to order at prestige wines of portugal as well I was wondering if anyone of you now actually used the online shop and if you could give a short review? It's just a bit suspicious as there are almost no reviews or anyt...
by richmills
12:35 Fri 06 May 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and Stilton
Replies: 14
Views: 953

Re: Port and Stilton

No references for you I'm afraid, just an opinion on Port and Stilton. I love the pairing of a sweet Port and a tangy blue cheese. The cheese has to have a real tangy bite to it though for it to work well for me, which can be some Stiltons but not all by any means.

Cheers, Rich.
by richmills
15:43 Sat 13 Feb 2016
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Upgrade of Forum Software
Replies: 139
Views: 12999

Re: Upgrade of Forum Software

Has the forum always been on Utc+1 and I've just never noticed?

Cheers, Rich