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by AHB
13:20 Wed 14 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a Port Desert
Replies: 10
Views: 1509

I will use Julian's tasting mats carefully once I find somewhere that I can print them out without paying the equivalent of 50p per mat. However, I am disappointed that the tasting mats did not come with water tally marks or tasting notes sheets. If they had then I would have been happy to oblige wi...
by AHB
13:15 Wed 14 Nov 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Figueira Finest Ruby Port
Replies: 6
Views: 2118

Figueira Finest Ruby Port

Figueira Finest Ruby Port 18% alcohol Bottled April 2005 Manufacturer’s recommeded price: 295 Rp (approx. £3) inc. taxes Produce of Goa. Poured from a bottle made of pale green glass. Closed with a screw cap that wasn’t a Stelvin but a simple screw cap. Tasting note taken over the course of 2-3 hou...
by AHB
13:08 Mon 12 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a Port Desert
Replies: 10
Views: 1509

Port in a Port Desert

Well, strictly speaking Singapore is not a port desert but the stuff is eye-wateringly expensive that it almost compares with Canadian prices! Anyway, I thought I would share with you all the steps I have taken to ensure port continuity during my two week trip covering India, Bangladesh, Singapore, ...
by AHB
12:51 Mon 12 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corking questions
Replies: 23
Views: 2905

It seems that an experiment on some ruby port bottles may be required.

Replacement of T-stoppers with driven corks before giving the bottles to Derek for storage and maturation for 30+ years, perhaps! :?


Alex
by AHB
12:46 Mon 12 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
Replies: 19
Views: 3305

Tom, I think you're right. In my notes, I have them down as having shipped VVV in 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2004. Whether this will be as good as the Nacional, I have no idea having not (yet) had the chance to taste young Nacional once it has matured for 20-30 years. I will have to wait until 2014 to be ...
by AHB
15:55 Sat 10 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
Replies: 19
Views: 3305

This is probably worth a thread of its own (hint to admins). I believe it is 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004 to date but I would need to go back to my notes to be certain. I do recall Fred starting a similar thread on FTLOP some time ago.

Alex
by AHB
15:37 Sat 10 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corking questions
Replies: 23
Views: 2905

Back in the days when Dad and I used to make fruit wine, we only ever boiled the corks in a little sulphited water. The main sterlising effect was from the heat, which had the added benefit of also softening the corks slightly. We then inserted the corks while wet, immediately after rinsing them off...
by AHB
15:34 Sat 10 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Its too quiet
Replies: 2
Views: 1336

Did I really post all that last night. My goodness, here was me thinking that I was asleep last night. I must be clever too! Bring on the algorithyms - I've just explained to Emma (my 13 year old daughter) how the geo-political situation in Europe arising after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo led to t...
by AHB
15:30 Sat 10 Nov 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: SF Bay Area X-mas offline
Replies: 6
Views: 2448

Jay

I'll graciously decline but wish you all a good time - I take it that the family who are visiting on 7/8 are not port lovers...
:shock:
Alex
by AHB
01:43 Sat 10 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Its too quiet
Replies: 2
Views: 1336

Its too quiet

Moved (badly) from Port Conversations I have to admit to a catastrophic Admin error. In attempting to move this thread from PC to MD I managed to delete all of the posts :oops: To assist internet archaeologists in centuries to come, the conversation went something like this: AHB - It's quiet on the...
by AHB
00:37 Sat 10 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 2003

Just a late note to say that I am drinking this again tonight (from a half bottle filled to the cork line and stored in the fridge). It is just as good and enjoyable as on the previous nights except that there is a surprising amount of tannin in the port now. This is actually getting better and bett...
by AHB
19:14 Fri 09 Nov 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Site Stats
Replies: 12
Views: 5703

I would by now have my own tankard at the Crusting Pipe. A tankard isn't much use in a bar that doesn't serve beer :? I beg to differ - a tankard is the traditional measure for an individual helping of port while a jug is the measure for two or more people. Namby, pamby bottles only really came int...
by AHB
09:20 Fri 09 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 4
Views: 2389

I've had the SW'94 on a couple of occasions recently. One bottle I found to be exactly as Axel describes above - quite disappointing. By contrast, the other was very impressive, a very different wine. Elegant and light bodied, the second bottle was full of fruit and tannin with a very long aftertast...
by AHB
09:13 Fri 09 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Douro Bake
Replies: 10
Views: 1944

I guess it comes down to personal preference - do you as an individual prefer your port without a trace of Douro bake or are you happy with some bake? Personally, I am happy with a touch and part of the maturity of the 1989 Vesuvio that I posted on might come from the bake. If it does, it has integr...
by AHB
14:48 Thu 08 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Douro Bake
Replies: 10
Views: 1944

Andy,

Thanks. You are quite right, it was Rupert and not Dominic who was our host at Vesuvio. Original post now corrected.

Alex
by AHB
14:13 Thu 08 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General Info about Vesuvio
Replies: 17
Views: 4806

...was it a concerted effort for these VP's to be drunk younger than normal? There have been a few references to how the late 80's and early 90's are drinking well and wont survive too long. Anyone care to expand? Vesuvio is very capable of producing wines that last a long time. I have no idea how ...
by AHB
14:04 Thu 08 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2007 - will it be a Vintage year?
Replies: 68
Views: 10325

Re: 2007 is too little too late for my vintage-2006 daughter

When you say “good†, do you mean “2003-grade good† or “stuff I’d be more than happy to drink OK†? If it were me I’d rather have a nearly-the-right-date-fabulous-port year than a correct-digits-OK-port year. Well, that's a little tough to say since I've only tasted the 2006 vintage out of the lag...
by AHB
13:51 Thu 08 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Douro Bake
Replies: 10
Views: 1944

Douro Bake

Continuing from the thread forming after Axel's tasting note of the '89 Vesuvio, I thought that this topic deserved a thread of its own. I seem to recall that we had a similar conversation about the origin of Douro Bake with Rupert Symington at Vesuvio and then with Roy in the evening over dinner. F...
by AHB
13:22 Thu 08 Nov 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 24075

Looking forward to it...I will miss the (pre-)Christmas dinner of the company I work for because of this offline, but if I have to choose between a party with or without Port: easy! See you all soon! 88) Good man. Such sacrifices will only serve to strengthen the soul. Something like that, anyway. ...
by AHB
10:23 Thu 08 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 2003

I came back to this roughly 8½-9½ hours after decanting and it had changed substantially. By now the colour was much deeper, still the same brick-red but now almost opaque at the centre. The nose had developed into a wonderful mix, blackcurrants coming out first and foremost but still with those dy ...
by AHB
10:08 Thu 08 Nov 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Site Stats
Replies: 12
Views: 5703

Has Derek truly run out of port or wine? Is he trying to make the contents of his only remaining bottle last longer by distracting himself with statistics. On average, how much longer does a bottle in Derek's hotel room last when he has his TPF spreadsheet compared to when he does not? I think that ...
by AHB
17:49 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Changing Names - badly
Replies: 28
Views: 4339

The qualifying statement was very helpful in removing a disturbing image that was developing in my head :shock: It was purely for you and your imagination that I put the qualifying statement in the post. The last thing I wanted was to be the cause of you running out of Spanish Table plonk or your 4...
by AHB
17:30 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Screaming Eagle
Replies: 8
Views: 2668

I've had the Paradigm once (I think it was the '02) and enjoyed it. The person I was having dinner with that night enjoyed it so much that they went out the next day and bought a case.

I didn't - it was good but it wasn't port.

Alex
by AHB
17:22 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 2003

Three hours on the colour is unchanged but the nose has now become one of raspberry creme brulee, very pleasant. Still a little hollow on entry and the alcohol has become much more prominent on the aftertaste. But the length and complexity of the aftertaste is superb.

And still no sign of the bake.
by AHB
17:19 Wed 07 Nov 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 24075

What does the current guest list for the Xmas offline look like? I've just booked my overnight stay in a splendid little hostelry a couple of miles from the Bell (almost within walking distance!) and I'm now all set for the event.

Alex