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by AHB
11:35 Wed 03 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bonhams just got greedy
Replies: 3
Views: 961

I agree with Tom that Straker Chadwick are likely to benefit from the London insurers move to increase their buyer's premiums. I always take into account the BP when setting my maximum bid and so will generally be happy to offer a higher price at Straker's. Its been a while since I bid at Bonhams an...
by AHB
10:09 Mon 01 Oct 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Last edited...
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

I think the line only appears if you perform an edit after someone else has viewed your posting. If you correct or edit a post before other people have seen the "draft" version then no-one ever knows that you had to go back and make a correction. Apart from this exception, I have always seen the lit...
by AHB
10:06 Mon 01 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Mirror, mirror..
Replies: 8
Views: 1364

Assuming that a generation represents 20 years, which are the wines that I think will be at the absolute peak in both drinking impact and reputation amongst the cognosceti. For me there is only one, the Quinta do Noval Nacional 1963. I'm surprised that Julian didn't mention this in his posting and I...
by AHB
09:16 Mon 01 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Offline #5
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

I haven't really thought about a fee for anyone who doesn't have a bottle but would be interested in attending. However, I'm more than happy to discuss such things by private message. There are a number of these bottles available (at a price) on wine-searcher so it should not be too difficult to sou...
by AHB
21:50 Sat 29 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: October 12/13/14 London Offline
Replies: 3
Views: 1644

Arrangements have been refined a little and anyone on this forum who is free on the evening of Friday October 12th would be welcome to join us at the Crusting Pipe for some port drinking with Roy and a number of other folks. The theme for the evening will be "The War Years". Roy is sending over a bo...
by AHB
20:55 Sat 29 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Hutcheson
Replies: 1
Views: 2009

The following evening this wine has not improved noticeably, if anything, the alcohol was less integrated on the palate and the initial aftertaste. However, apart from the burn, the aftertaste is longer and better than it was yesterday - but not enough to improve the rating or relative rating of thi...
by AHB
23:17 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Time for a TN sort?
Replies: 417
Views: 83569

Well, we have to keep you busy doing something otherwise you might disappear off to some other part of the world and sinmply drink port all day! :shock:

And if you ever did do that, we expect tasting notes on every drop of port that passes your lips. :D

Alex
by AHB
23:06 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2007 Harvest Tour Reports
Replies: 36
Views: 8643

Conky Wasn't Here - Oporto, October 2007 Nope, the initials don't work. Alan - we missed an opportunity for an offline here. We should have organised an offline with a theme of "What can we drink to show Derek and Andy that we don't care that they are there and we are here". Oh well, I have a leaky...
by AHB
22:59 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Hutcheson
Replies: 1
Views: 2009

1987 Hutcheson Vintage Port

After 4½ hours in the decanter. Deep colour, a rich mahogany red-brown. Nose quite closed but giving some oatmeal and blueberries. Sweet entry, quite smooth, not a lot of fruit on the initial impact but there is some pleasant mid-palate development of sandalwood and redcurrants. The alcohol comes th...
by AHB
07:56 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 123
Views: 37884

Re: The Don Restaurant, St Swithins Lane, London

This is a restaurant now established in the old bottling factory of the Sandeman company in London. Prices are per bottle Sandeman 1970 £150 Graham 1960 £185 That doesn't sound too bad. The prices may not sound too bad until you put them into the context of the UK retail market - Sandeman 1970 can ...
by AHB
12:54 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1912 Cockburn
Replies: 0
Views: 1777

1912 Cockburn

NV Mitcheltombs Port, believed vintage A bottle shown at the pre-sale tasting at Bonhams. The lowest fill level from two parcels of 18 and 12 bottles respectively. No labels or markings on the bottles other than the UK bottlers' name in the moulding on the seal. The bottles look old and are 3 part ...
by AHB
12:53 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Niepoort
Replies: 1
Views: 1493

2005 Niepoort Vintage Port

There is something about Dirk Niepoort's ports that just doesn't sit right with me, but I've not been able to put my finger on it yet, but they just miss the mark for what I look for in a vintage port. This was no exception, from a half-bottle. Thick, dark and viscous in the glass, an impenetrable p...
by AHB
12:51 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Davy
Replies: 0
Views: 1589

1994 Davy's Vintage Port

Shipped by Skeffington. Very dark centre, deep red rim. Youthful blackcurrants on the nose over the top of some eucalyptus from the unintegrated alcohol. A dry entry, soft and smooth. Not a lot of up front flavours but a beautiful texture. Some rich redcurrant and meat juice tones in the mid-palate ...
by AHB
12:50 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Graham
Replies: 2
Views: 2178

This is the tasting note that I took as I was tasting the bottle that Derek wrote about above. Very dark centre, deep red rim (the same colour almost as the Skeffington '94 tasted at the same time). Obvious alcohol on the nose, but a lovely blueberry juice and a damp earthiness mixed in with it. Swe...
by AHB
09:08 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 23456

What's the maximum number of people we can comfortably accommodate at an offline? I have a couple of friends I have been trying to persuade to come to an offline for ages and the Christmas one might appeal to them. However, we are getting close to numbers which would mean we get a small sample pour ...
by AHB
23:16 Wed 26 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 123
Views: 37884

The Don Restaurant, St Swithins Lane, London

This is a restaurant now established in the old bottling factory of the Sandeman company in London. I've eaten there and the food is very good and the range of ports on offer is very impressive. However, you may spot why Derek and I did not go there tonight as we originally planned ... Prices are pe...
by AHB
22:31 Wed 26 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Unofficial Offline
Replies: 12
Views: 2858

We tasted the Graham 1983, a Skeffington 1994 (surprisingly good), a Niepoort 2005 and an unknown shipper from an unknown vintage that we estimate was from between the wars. Tasting notes on the first three will follow tomorrow. Impressions of the last will also be added but there wasn't really enou...
by AHB
19:12 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 23456

I think the times are compatible on the basis that 08:00 is the commencement of pre-dinner beer drinking and the TPF Netherlands Branch will arrive shortly thereafter either in a cab or by one of us picking them up at the airport. That is some serious pre-dinner beer drinking that Derek has in mind...
by AHB
13:30 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: October 12/13/14 London Offline
Replies: 3
Views: 1644

October 12/13/14 London Offline

Roy Hersh is visiting London for a few days in mid-October. I've promised him that if there are enough people interested then I will organise an offline. Given the choice of dates, it will likely be the Friday evening (October 12) although I could be persuaded to go for the Sunday evening instead if...
by AHB
08:13 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction Michael
Replies: 21
Views: 5157

Axel,

My German is not as good as Michael's (English humour!) but welcome to the site. I'm glad that you have found it.

I'm also very jealous of your branded tasting glasses and the avatar that you have got for yourself. Very nice!

Alex
by AHB
08:08 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A TPF tasting panel?
Replies: 10
Views: 1656

I think this is a very interesting idea. I tried to organise something with BB&R to allow UK based FTLOPers to taste the 2003 vintage samples that they had received but there was not enough support at the time.

I'm certainly interested and willing to pitch in and help.

Alex
by AHB
08:06 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Treading!
Replies: 15
Views: 2353

As well as the points that Fred raises, foot treading was - for many years - the easiest way in which the grapes could be crushed without also breaking the pips and releasing all those bitter tannins that are inside a grape seed. However, with the improvement in robo-treading techniques, this reason...
by AHB
08:02 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Tasting Note Index Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1569

Or how about a section at the foot of the TN Index with a subtitle of "Other Fortified Wines" and then the same structure as above (ie. shipper, vintage, TN link)? I also agree with Andy that there are relatively few of these. Few enough in my mind for them to be posted into the "Other Wines" sectio...
by AHB
07:56 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Kopke
Replies: 4
Views: 2086

I came back to this the following day (34 hours after decanting) and this was superb. The additional time in the decanter at cellar temperature had really opened the wine up on the nose and integrated the acidity, the alcohol and the tannins into the rich fruitcake flavours. Much more impressive tha...
by AHB
07:41 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: How goes the vintage?
Replies: 91
Views: 22129

Does anyone know if Noval are repeating last year's exercise of running daily reports on the vintage? I can't access the Noval website from this laptop and don't usually get the time to take a peek when I am at home. If they are giving us the updates on weather, harvest, vintage etc., could someone ...