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by LGTrotter
01:46 Mon 12 Nov 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 485

1980 Warre

Consistent with previous bottles this is a very high quality, typical Warre vintage. Packed with bitter tannins and a muddy brown rim which makes me think it might drop a lot of colour in the next five years, but then again the 66 didn't.

93.
by LGTrotter
01:28 Mon 12 Nov 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Let Them Drink Port!
Replies: 0
Views: 375

Let Them Drink Port!

This is a link to Billy Kay's 'Complete Caledonian Imbiber' programme 'Let Them Drink Port' on YouTube. It is a bit soft round the edges but I enjoyed it. I have heard this before, but certainly not in 1994 which is when it was recorded. Half an hour of straight bat porty stuff. https://www.youtube....
by LGTrotter
10:35 Sat 03 Nov 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1098
Views: 191642

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Waitrose have their “buy six get 25% off” sale going until Tuesday. Unfortunately I don't think that fortified wines are included in the sale this time. Sainsbury's also did not have them in 25% off sale a few weeks ago and Tesco haven't for some time. However M&S, which also have a buy 6 and get 2...
by LGTrotter
23:13 Wed 20 Jun 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 63
Views: 8419

Re: 2016 Declarations

I received the Wine Society 2016 offer today.

They are offering their own blend of a Symington port under their 'Exhibition' label. which they imply is different from other Symington wines. They also offer Quinta do Vale D. Maria, and Quinta de Roriz.
by LGTrotter
22:00 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Cockburn
Replies: 0
Views: 879

1977 Cockburn

This still seems to be settling into itself after recorking, my advice would be give it a bit longer. Good port though, well good for me; Light with plenty of acidity, more red currants than black fruit. A slightly querulous note in there somewhere. Similar to a lot of 77s in that it is sere, pale a...
by LGTrotter
21:46 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 1552

Re: Tasting

This is an interesting topic, thank-you for posting it. When drinking a wine/port I often think about what it tastes like in reference to other things. But when I read a note with the wine in front of me I almost never find the tastes described. So it might more helpful to consider the other aspects...
by LGTrotter
19:21 Wed 28 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 4444

Re: 1994 Tesco

Thanks for the photos. A mystery. The cork being more red at one end does seem to indicate that it was used as a stopper, so Warre 94 seems quite likely. I wonder if a few Warre 94 were used to make up the quantities that Tesco needed, and you got lucky. It seems unlikely all Tesco 94 would be Warr...
by LGTrotter
00:44 Wed 28 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 4444

Re: 1994 Tesco

My apologies for the photos being the wrong way round and upside down. In my defence they look the right way round on the iPad and all wrong on the laptop. I have no idea how to fix them.
by LGTrotter
00:31 Wed 28 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 4444

Re: 1994 Tesco

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Due to the rubbishness of the camera on this iPad and the operator these are less than ideal. The the first picture shows '1994 vintage' the second shows the '1670' logo. I may try again, but I am reluctant to break the bottle to get the cork out. I might keep it as a trophy.
by LGTrotter
00:13 Wed 28 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 4444

Re: 1994 Tesco

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I have some better photos of the cork in the bottle but it says the file is too large.
by LGTrotter
22:36 Tue 27 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 4444

Re: 1994 Tesco

Blimey. Having shone a torch down the neck and shaken it a bit the name on the cork is very clear; Warre, vintage 1994. That is both very surprising and excellent news. Good find, well done. Tesco 94 can't really be W94 though, can it? I wonder what the Tesco 97 is. Thank-you, and the thought about...
by LGTrotter
01:21 Tue 27 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 4444

Re: 1994 Tesco

Blimey. Having shone a torch down the neck and shaken it a bit the name on the cork is very clear; Warre, vintage 1994.
by LGTrotter
00:40 Tue 27 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1403
Views: 164969

Re: Latest buy

Half a case of 77 Quarles Harris. Jancis rates it.
by LGTrotter
00:36 Tue 27 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 4444

Re: 1994 Tesco

On finishing the most recent bottle of this I notice that the bottle rattles. There is a cork in the bottom. It has the most recent label and I am hoping that there may be brand on it to clear up once and for all what it was once upon a time. Too late to be breaking bottles tonight. I shall put it i...
by LGTrotter
11:11 Sun 11 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's Malvedos 1968
Replies: 11
Views: 2134

Re: Graham's Malvedos 1968

The one thing about the 1968 is that this year, being it's 50th birthday, it will be worth a little more. All those people looking for a 50th birthday present. Next year it will be worth a little less. Don't get too excited though, half retail is the usual advice, and low retail at that. Look on win...
by LGTrotter
23:49 Thu 08 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 586

1985 Graham

I have had a few 85s recently which I thought had been going through an awkward phase, Warre, Dow and Sandeman, so I thought I would check in on this, one of my favourites. Good colour, clear and bright, dark, but not in the first flush of youth, the meniscus is fading at the rim but not too brown o...
by LGTrotter
20:04 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 4192

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

But seriously a very impressive looking bit of maths. I am unqualified to comment on it. I have always taken the view (and suited the action to the thought) that I put celotex on the outside of my wine store (the insulation) and the breeze blocks on the inside (thermal inertia). I have no idea if th...
by LGTrotter
19:06 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 4192

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

Thanks Phil.

Glad that's all cleared up.
by LGTrotter
21:22 Sat 20 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cork Weevil
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Cork Weevil

Having read the reports of the Christmas do I cannot think that I have ever come across cork weevil although I have heard about it. Could those with experience tell me what to look out for. I wonder if you can get weevil in corks where there is a good solid capsule? Will they go right through a coll...
by LGTrotter
01:48 Sat 09 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 510

1983 Warre

Decent dark colour, a bit paler at the rim but not worryingly so. An initial sip on opening gave a sense of ruffled tannin and a hint of sweetness on the finish. Once opened for a few hours I had another go and it was a pleasant and competent port but with not much chutzpah. Rather dry, rather sombr...
by LGTrotter
23:59 Sat 02 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Great Canal Journeys - Rio Douro
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Great Canal Journeys - Rio Douro

Not sure about 'interstellar space'. Has it even reached the Oort Cloud yet? Is there an Oort Cloud? But I do love a space mission.
by LGTrotter
23:57 Sat 02 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1098
Views: 191642

Re: Port for sale by retailer

I know it is poor planning to mention a port on the forum before buying it but I note that the Wine Society is offering 2000 LBV Warre at £23/bottle. Not an absolute steal but it has a few more years on it than most of those available in supermarkets and the like. They have probably been reading Ale...
by LGTrotter
23:52 Sat 02 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanter - Jan 2018 - tasting of 78 x 10 & 20 yr old Tawny Ports
Replies: 2
Views: 962

Re: Decanter - Jan 2018 - tasting of 78 x 10 & 20 yr old Tawny Ports

I buy the odd one (Decanter) in hard copy but I am currently sulking about their paywall. One of those irritating ones where it is far from clear whether you will be allowed to look at the article until you have clicked on it. Then if it is of any interest you are not. All the advertorials are of co...
by LGTrotter
03:27 Fri 10 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 539

1983 Graham

I have not had this port for about 20 years, it used to sell for pence at a local wine shop and I bought a few. I didn't think much of them and drank them young. an inexpressive wine with not much fruit was my sense. All these years later I like it rather more. Another atypical Graham, it does not h...
by LGTrotter
22:45 Wed 18 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Kopke LBV 1981 in Magnum, collector's item?
Replies: 4
Views: 988

Re: Kopke LBV 1981 in Magnum, collector's item?

I think that is a very handsome bottle. I don't know the wine but it has several points in it's favour. Firstly it is in a magnum. A large bottle gives it the best chance to age well. Secondly the small print at the bottom suggests it will throw a deposit which bodes well for it to be (hopefully) no...