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by Chris Doty
10:14 Mon 23 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Big Bottle Bonanza
Replies: 9
Views: 2172

Big Bottle Bonanza

Visiting Porto-Gia, you would be forgiven for thinking that these chaps invented large format bottlings. Arrive at the Information Center at the airport...two illustrative (pity) Imperials of 2003 Noval. Arrive at my room at the Yeatman, Imperial of 2007 Donna Maria on my desk (not complimentary) Ar...
by Chris Doty
23:32 Sun 22 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Cockburn
Replies: 6
Views: 2708

Re: 1970 Cockburn

Great to read this note!

I bought a few cases of 70Ck last year for $40 a bottle!

haahahahah
by Chris Doty
13:42 Sun 22 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Help (Yeatman)
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: Help (Yeatman)

djewesbury wrote:Why not just buy them all?
Well, this was obviously my opening salvo, but Marco said people will be unhappy with him if they are all sold to one buyer. He is checking w- mgmt and will revert with my max allocation.

thanks for the input.

woo woo
by Chris Doty
11:38 Sun 22 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Summarise a vintage, concisely
Replies: 163
Views: 21835

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

jdaw1 wrote:1983 - The best bottles can be excellent. But many bottles of all the shippers are rubbish.
fine.
by Chris Doty
11:37 Sun 22 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Help (Yeatman)
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Help (Yeatman)

The giftshop at the Yeatman used to sell 88Fg. They may soon "used to sell" some curious bottles of 1966 "Yeatman" vintage port. Which, as I understand, is some 3rd tier label (morg?) that has been reconditioned and rebranded. what would be a good price for these? i am going to try one this evening ...
by Chris Doty
05:25 Sat 14 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Summarise a vintage, concisely
Replies: 163
Views: 21835

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

LGTrotter wrote:1985; the best of this vintage are among the finest ports of the century for drinking now.

Uh...puff puff PASS, brah
by Chris Doty
05:21 Sat 14 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Summarise a vintage, concisely
Replies: 163
Views: 21835

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

LGTrotter wrote:1977; the vintage of the century (in 2025).

Lgtrotter is fast becoming my favorite forumite! Yes, buy all '77s!!!!

Drink the 83s while they wait to mature! Genius!!!

:...:
by Chris Doty
05:07 Sat 14 Feb 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30

I am bringing 3 (maaaybe 3.5).

Do as you wish
by Chris Doty
14:04 Tue 10 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Summarise a vintage, concisely
Replies: 163
Views: 21835

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

As my other commentary has been moved, let's try: 1983: Ready now and enjoyable if inexpensive (<$60), but in no instances "exceptional." Blue Horseshoe prefers Ramos Pinto. Graham is also charming, but not up to the level achieved in '85. In summation, '83 is entirely skip-able as a vintage (though...
by Chris Doty
18:00 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Merits of 1983 versus 1985
Replies: 38
Views: 5922

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

PhilW wrote: F83 tends to go at about 60% of the price of F85
Curious. I tend to see merchants offer them equally (e.g., http://www.hdhwine.com/retail-wine-deta ... Port/11631 and http://www.hdhwine.com/retail-wine-deta ... Port/17735)
by Chris Doty
15:47 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Merits of 1983 versus 1985
Replies: 38
Views: 5922

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

I like F83, and would buy D83 as well if at good value. Sure Phil, but would you buy the f83 over the 85 at the same price? Or the d83 over the d80 at the same price? (I've had some muted bottles of the d85 lately, but when that's on form, id also take it over the d83. I mean, there is some truth i...
by Chris Doty
13:21 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Merits of 1983 versus 1985
Replies: 38
Views: 5922

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

the [83] Fonseca is a delight and the [83] Graham strongly fancied by those who's views are not to be dismissed. 1983; not better than the 85, not worse, just different. By all means LGTrotter, buy them all! Nothing pleases me more than disagreeing with fellow wine drinkers as to how to best utiliz...
by Chris Doty
08:33 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2004 Croft LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 1626

Re: 2004 Croft LBV

god bless supermarket lbv. 87 is a good QPR for 6 quid, at least on the AHB scale. I find the finish on LBVs so crucial to my overall enjoyment of them, and based on your note, this seems like one to try. In general, I find life too short to drink plonk port, but I will say that it seems that with e...
by Chris Doty
08:21 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Merits of 1983 versus 1985
Replies: 38
Views: 5922

Merits of 1983 versus 1985

I routinely rate G83 in the excellent range on my scale (90-93), even when blind. Occasionally it warrants outstanding. Yes Glenn, this is the key issue with 83 - Graham and Fonseca are the two best efforts, as they are in 85. Except they're both better in '85, and available in better quantities (a...
by Chris Doty
04:16 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Merits of 1983 versus 1985
Replies: 38
Views: 5922

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

The Wine Society catalogue, June to September 2002. http://www.jdawiseman.com/2015/20150201_200206_WineSoc_vintage_summaries.png 1983 "An exceptional vintage, approachable now" .......hmmmmmm......I wonder how many cases of that stuff they had to flog. 'passable' or maybe even 'good' if I'm being g...
by Chris Doty
04:01 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Doty Cup 2015 - The Square - Friday April 10th, 7pm
Replies: 29
Views: 16247

Re: The Doty Cup 2015 - The Square - Friday April 10th, 7pm

This thread has been quiet for almost ten months. Is this event still likely to happen? Yes, well, the only reason this thread has existed for ten months in the first place is that some of you folks complained last year when my usual (few weeks) notice made attendance difficult. I would normally ha...
by Chris Doty
03:57 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

DRT wrote:
Unfortunately, my attendance is now looking very unlikely.
wtf!? be a man.
by Chris Doty
03:56 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

AHB wrote: Sadly, I'm highly unlikely to be able to make it to join you for dinner on the 15th - family commitments are going to get in the way.
Would it sweeten the pot if I told you we are planning on meeting for lunch, rather than dinner? Since when am I not sufficiently precious?!
by Chris Doty
03:54 Sun 08 Feb 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

DRT wrote:
A semi-drunk or drunk CSD is louder and capable of more expletives than everyone else in the Emirates Stadium combined.
aww....that's the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me!
by Chris Doty
07:31 Fri 06 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What producer should be our next vertical
Replies: 70
Views: 7189

Re: What producer should be our next vertical

I've just finished updating the 2014, 2015 and Shipper Tasting summaries and that led me to ponder the question of which shipper should we choose for our next deep vertical? Last year we did deep verticals of Ramos Pinto and Martinez - who should it be this year? Love the initiative, AHB. I'd vote ...
by Chris Doty
07:28 Fri 06 Feb 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

The placemats and booking information added to the first post . All seems well. One issue is that my sister (the bride to be) has bought the family tickets to see an Arsenal fixture this same afternoon (kicking off at 4pm). I understand it is fairly easy to get to the venue via the tube, and I don'...
by Chris Doty
06:39 Thu 29 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Summarise a vintage, concisely
Replies: 163
Views: 21835

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

Not so hard, chaps. 1955: Beyond peak, more expensive than they're worth. 1960: Beyond peak, more expensive than they're worth. 1963: Beyond peak, more expensive than they're worth. 1966: Beyond peak, more expensive than they're worth. 1970: Buy all 1977: Unreliable. Smith Woodhouse, Gould Campbell,...
by Chris Doty
21:56 Tue 27 Jan 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Sunday lunch, eh? Not our usual time. Perhaps we could try Simpson’s-in-the-Strand ? I have just spoken to ‘Andrew’ there, who seemed keen to have our business. Normally corkage is £30 per bottle (!!), but he said that we would be charged for one bottle however many we bring, especially for a ‘late...
by Chris Doty
21:53 Tue 27 Jan 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Indeed, that would be wonderful. And perhaps I'll be across the pond sometime soon. Was your Mumbai sign-off a temporary visit or have you moved?? Mumbai is where my friends are, but Bangalore is where I am currently setting my sights on a more permanent basis. Sadly, you'll need to attend lunch to...
by Chris Doty
21:08 Tue 27 Jan 2015
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30
Replies: 50
Views: 19713

Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

flash_uk wrote:Won't be able to make lunch sadly - I will be skiing.
Sorry to hear that Flash, would have been great to catch up on your side of the pond.

Hope the slopes treat you well. Could have had some good runs in Central Park today by the looks of things!

some other time soon

cheers
chris