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by winesecretary
23:00 Mon 20 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Weds 5th Feb 2020 - Bring a bottle to share
Replies: 24
Views: 4055

Re: Weds 5th Feb 2020 - Bring a bottle to share

Regret non-availability due to being in Madeira scouting out stuff. Have fun!
by winesecretary
07:48 Fri 17 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March
Replies: 132
Views: 12283

Re: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March

I much regret not being available that week. Please do post lots of tasting notes and reviews.
by winesecretary
22:20 Wed 15 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A 1970 horizontal, Flights 1-4, Friday 9 October 2020
Replies: 134
Views: 29768

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

While strongly approving of DRT's 'everyone else take a step back' emoticon, building on the above might I suggest a 'minor houses' tasting on day 1 in two flights (at say 1800 and 2000) for completists - limited to 14-16 persons i.e. one bottle of each; and and a 'major houses' tasting on day 2 wit...
by winesecretary
19:19 Tue 14 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1993 - A hunt
Replies: 21
Views: 6063

Re: 1993 - A hunt

Gosh, that really is uncommon. There's no tasting note for it on the tasting notes database; possibly a candidate for the in-the-works 'ports for which there isn't a tasting note on the tasting notes database' tasting...
by winesecretary
11:01 Mon 13 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A 1970 horizontal, Flights 1-4, Friday 9 October 2020
Replies: 134
Views: 29768

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

All of DRT's points (bottle variation, attendance, free-pour, numbers) on my initial thoughts are entirely valid ones. But I cannot organise, because could not physically contemplate, the tasting he suggests...
by winesecretary
00:48 Mon 13 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A 1970 horizontal, Flights 1-4, Friday 9 October 2020
Replies: 134
Views: 29768

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

I am not a 1970 baby, but am happy to step up to plate to organise this tasting should none of the 1970 babies be available to do so. Initial thoughts. - I suggest we wait for the outcome of nac's visit with AHB to 67 Pall Mall this week before we make a final decision on venue. - There are almost 6...
by winesecretary
23:43 Sat 11 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47079

Re: Pointless Statistics

So: for those of us who classify Vesuvio as a VP, your VP% is 79%, which is much more in line with TPF average stats than the above 65% would otherwise suggest?
by winesecretary
15:45 Thu 09 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 9 Jan 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 6964

Re: Thu 9 Jan 2020

The bottle I am bringing is a half-litre; the OJW bottle decanted last night definitely lost at least 25ml in the decanting process. So, rest assured, we remain comfortably (i.e. very slightly) below 1.25 bottles per head.
by winesecretary
11:37 Thu 09 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47079

Re: Pointless Statistics

@ nac - Given how the price of the 04 Nacional has leaped up since release, that sounds like a very good deal indeed!
by winesecretary
23:02 Wed 08 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47079

Re: Pointless Statistics

@nac - question - why so much 12/13/14 Noval? Do you feel it is a house that is on a particular roll in those years, or is there a back story of which I am not aware?
by winesecretary
11:39 Tue 07 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 9 Jan 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 6964

Re: Thu 9 Jan 2020

Two bottles between us confirmed. OJW and I look forward to it!
by winesecretary
22:49 Mon 06 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 9 Jan 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 6964

Re: Thu 9 Jan 2020

If a couple of late additions might be acceptable- self plus OJW. If acceptable - OJW food order same as my standard, save that steak medium-rare as opposed to medium-well.
by winesecretary
00:44 Sat 04 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 2543

1970 Graham

A bottle that was not quite right but that still held a little pleasure. Oporto bottled, good level, cork came out cleanly. Very strong burnt rubber tang on the nose, sufficient to make me shy away from the decanter other than for occasional test sampling purposes, for the first couple of days. Left...
by winesecretary
10:47 Fri 03 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47079

Re: Pointless Statistics

This thread above all others is the one that led me to become active in this group, I find it oddly soothing to read and re-read. So I spent some pleasant time over the new year break doing a comprehensive cellar audit. As at 03/01/2020 my cellar comprises the following: Unfortified 57.6%; Fortified...
by winesecretary
20:25 Sun 29 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3501

Re: Festive Drinking

Tonight: Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2015 from the Finger Lakes. Splendid with a chicken biryani, as rather more going on than its Rhine equivalent. The bottle of Seneca Shores NV Tawny (actually, a blend of 05, 09 and 14, from memory) that I acquired on the same visit to the US I will however sav...
by winesecretary
12:01 Sun 29 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3501

Re: Festive Drinking

@nac: thanks for the note on the 04 C-C. I am interested and impressed to know the 02 C-C is also still going strong. But, you are right, it's probably the best white wine vintage of the millennium so far, so... @ronnieroots: that Granit 30 is a gem, isn't it? Great rapport qualite/prix Last night: ...
by winesecretary
16:39 Fri 27 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: (Cancelled) Emergency, Monday 30th December 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: Emergency, Monday 30th December 2019

....and I shall be in the country conducting a cellar audit, inter alia so that I may contribute appropriately to the statistics thread a couple of days later...
by winesecretary
21:26 Thu 26 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Dow
Replies: 0
Views: 2144

1980 Dow

This widely-reported-upon port hardly needs further encomia but for completeness' sake... Decanted 26 hours before tasting note, but sealed and refrigerated overnight. Still dark red, 90% opaque. Still quite dumb on the nose, but some mint and eucalyptus and the faintest prickle of heat. On the fron...
by winesecretary
20:55 Thu 26 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3501

Re: Festive Drinking

There are some gems being consumed here! Apart from the ports, a tasting note on the Bonneau du Martray, please... this evening chez winesecretary is featuring a Beronia 1996 Rioja Riserva, which is a little more woody than perfection would require, but went adequately with the partridge. The rest o...
by winesecretary
20:23 Wed 25 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3501

Re: Festive Drinking

I delight in the fact that 'nothing too OTT' in TPF-world consists of a fine 49-year old VP and a 40-year old tawny... The abovementioned demi of '80 GC was delightfully figgy and ready to go but no particular hurry. I am just embarking on the Dow '80 which ( not news to any here but this is the fir...
by winesecretary
23:35 Tue 24 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3501

Re: Festive Drinking

Vino Rosso u'Ranaci a Marinella e Riccardo 2014, Monaci della Terre Nere (made by Franck Cornelissen) with a pork pie for lunch today. Jolly good fun. Supportive of Neil's Bordeaux theme this evening- Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux 1995 with turbot. Just savouring the last mouthful of the wine no...
by winesecretary
00:18 Tue 24 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal
Replies: 0
Views: 1980

2001 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal

A half bottle purchased from FWW. Grossly corked, undrinkable. A shame, but it happens. There is another one to hand. Opened (but not tasted beyond a brief sip to confirm) 22/12/19.
by winesecretary
00:15 Tue 24 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2001 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal
Replies: 0
Views: 1877

2001 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal

A half bottle purchased from FWW. Given a 24-hr decant: 90% opaque. Gentle heat on the nose, a hint of green herbs and plums. On the front palate lots of cranberry and mint. Plum crumble and a hint of white pepper on the finish. A very good cheese (Colston Basset) wine. A pleasure to drink, and year...
by winesecretary
23:18 Mon 23 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 38
Views: 7752

Re: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

My two penn'orth on the NN60: a good bottle is a splendid port with a distinct figgy quality: in my all time top ten ports. This single reference point was a bottle drunk in 2018 at a moderately significant birthday. But the current market price is circa 50 times what I paid for it (mis-described at...