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by AHB
22:30 Sat 11 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 1
Views: 2229

5 hours Colour still as deep in the centre, but now with a touch of orange at the rim. The spirit is more apparent on the nose, but brings with it blackberries and fresh cut grass. In the mouth it still brings a hollow, dry entry but the midpalate develops nicely, bringing ripe, sweet blackberries,...
by AHB
18:01 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Long Vintage - A new style??
Replies: 11
Views: 2329

Fred's right. What you've described is essentially the same as some of the UK merchants used to do many years back when they would ship a couple of pipes to the UK and then more or less bottle to order. The result - some wine spent many more than 2 years in the barrel before being bottled and often ...
by AHB
17:51 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Top Shippers
Replies: 39
Views: 6109

Back home with my tasting database, I can now say that I have never tasted the Graham '85 but have otherwise tasted 15 of the wines on Suckling's list.

Alex
by AHB
17:37 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2057
Views: 265787

Conky wrote:...I suspect your getting to...
Now that is just deliberately provocative for poor old Julian!

Alex
by AHB
17:35 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Football Season 2007/2008
Replies: 24
Views: 3269

I'm with Tom on this one. I'll leave association football to those who appreciate it and will take a passing interest when there's no rugby (union only, old chap) or cricket to follow. My cricket watching season hasn't finished yet as I have tickets to London's only floodlit cricket match of the sea...
by AHB
17:18 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Favourites icon
Replies: 61
Views: 12996

Sounds like Conky should have a PC and broadband connection available to visitors to the TPF Offline #2 and then attendees will be able to do something useful with their time, such as: (1) searching the internet for favourites icons (2) searching the internet and choosing a graphic (3) posting tasti...
by AHB
17:12 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 1
Views: 2229

1994 Tesco

Having returned home for the best part of two weeks with no travel planned now until September, I decided to celebrate in the way that we all know - and open a bottle of extra-special port. The first bottle that came to hand from Death Row was a bottle of Tesco's 1994 VP from the Symingtons. Decante...
by AHB
08:12 Thu 09 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Niepoort
Replies: 9
Views: 3611

Stevie Have you asked Dirk if he is aware of any problems with the bottling of this vintage? I would not have thought that it would have possibly been able to start fermenting again in the bottle because of the fortification process, but I'm happy to accept that it seems to be the most likely explan...
by AHB
02:36 Wed 08 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2005 En primeur
Replies: 46
Views: 7728

OCD is a good guess at what Derek is referring to. OVD is Obsessive Vesuvio Disorder and is Derek demonstrating that he is jealous of my Vesuvio vertical and the fact that Vesuvio makes up 50% (or whatever figure is actually correct) of my port cellar. Interestingly, I have already spoken to my pet ...
by AHB
02:14 Wed 08 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Top Shippers
Replies: 39
Views: 6109

Derek puts me to shame by knowing the ports I have drunk better than I do myself - I can only claim lack of access to my tasting notes as an excuse. It seems that there are at least 2 and possibly 3 of Suckling's ports that I have drunk and failed to remember. Tom's Fonseca '55 was one and the Taylo...
by AHB
14:27 Tue 07 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Top Shippers
Replies: 39
Views: 6109

The complete list, taken from Suckling's Vintage Port is: 100 Points Fonseca 1927 Fonseca 1948 Fonseca 1977 Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931 Qunita do Noval Nacional 1963 99 Points Croft 1945 Quinta do Noval 1931 Taylor's 1948 98 Points Fonseca 1963 Niepoort 1955 Quinta do Noval 1934 Quinta do Noval N...
by AHB
14:18 Tue 07 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: IF there was a TPF harvest tour...
Replies: 22
Views: 3808

OK, who had the sweep saying that Alex B would choose something different? Boundaries are there to be pushed! I'm not arrogant enough to choose option D, but strong willed enough to suggest something different (especially if it might coincide with Tom being in Oporto already for a fireworks display...
by AHB
20:51 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Talking Dog for Sale!
Replies: 121
Views: 24031

Luc wrote:Let us recapitulate : the thread started with a talking dog for sale which logicaly brings us to Alex and Derek having a pissing contest in a dingy :roll: :roll:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by AHB
17:39 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Talking Dog for Sale!
Replies: 121
Views: 24031

I think that Derek was implying that it didn't matter whether they peed in the boat or in the Noval Nacional 1931, chemically it wouldn't make any difference. And have you considered what D&A would have to do when the boat was full? Alex (B) PS - what was Derek's wish? Presumably for some Quinta do ...
by AHB
17:37 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Prices of Vintages on Release?
Replies: 26
Views: 5293

The '96 Vesuvio is an interesting quirk. I don't know what the production volumes were like - whether there was far more made of it than either in previous or following years - but I suspect that for some reason Berry's bought far more of it than they needed for their customers. Ever since 1998, Ber...
by AHB
17:28 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Talking Dog for Sale!
Replies: 121
Views: 24031

While I agree with Derek that if you consider the entire ocean of Quinta do Noval 1931 then it's true that two men peeing into it could not have a significant impact on the chemical composition of the entire ocean. However, this overlooks Murphy's Law (also known as Sod's Law) which states that only...
by AHB
17:08 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: IF there was a TPF harvest tour...
Replies: 22
Views: 3808

Having done a harvest tour, I'd be very happy to travel over at a time when things are less hectic for the poor sods who we would want to meet and spend time talking to. If I was able to pick the perfect time of year for my next trip to the Douro then I would probably choose to go in April. Hopefull...
by AHB
16:28 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Prices of Vintages on Release?
Replies: 26
Views: 5293

Tom, Some release prices that I have quickly on hand - all are Berry Brothers en primeur and so are in bond, delivered UK prices. Fonseca 1997 £29.50 Fonseca 2000 £37.50 Fonseca 2003 £31.25 Vesuvio 1992 £25.00 Vesuvio 1994 £24.66 Vesuvio 1995 £23.50 Vesuvio 1996 £24.50 Vesuvio 1997 £29.50 Vesuvio 19...
by AHB
16:04 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Does anyone know this book?
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

That's a very interesting set of news releases dated 4 August 07, including a nice and fairly balanced reference to this site. I also hope to goodness that Robin Garr has Roy's permission to post his 2004 review. However, I'm sure he must have otherwise that would be a breach of Roy's copyright. Alex
by AHB
19:19 Mon 30 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Quinta do Vesuvio Colheita
Replies: 15
Views: 5747

The 1991 at least is purely for private consumption. You can see that there is no sello on the bottle that Andy took a picture of and that - as far as I understand the IVDP rules - means that the port was not registered and therefore cannot be sold or officially recognised. That said, I would give m...
by AHB
19:12 Mon 30 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Tasting Notes Section
Replies: 178
Views: 38997

Just wanted to say thanks to Admin for the index of all the tasting notes, excellent addition to the forum.

Alex
by AHB
19:02 Mon 30 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3522

I managed to find some Cape Vintage (seems to be the name that the producers are giving to their port-style blends these days) from De Kraans, so on Alex' recommendation I bought some. I also bought a very interesting bottle from 2000 by Bredell. The blurb on the back says that it was kept in 70 yea...
by AHB
10:37 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Dumb site of the week..
Replies: 7
Views: 1961

I'm planning on exporting all my 1986 Vargellas and Guimarens to Ireland and using the profit I make to buy the 1996 vintages (the good ones, not the rubbish ones that didn't get a score).

I should be very happy after that.

Alex
by AHB
09:46 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3522

No, I mean that I have already purchased 6 bottles of South African port. Note that this is not and would not be the same as 6 bottles of South African Port. Perhaps I should start up a thread in meaningless drivel called "Capital Crimes"? Slightly more seriously, there are some impressive fortified...
by AHB
09:27 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2057
Views: 265787

Re: Grovel

Blackmail is it? Hmmm. {Thinks.} OK. On bended knee I offer my most sincere apologies for this needless slight upon your excellent character, upon your vast and superior intellect and apostrophe-using skills. I lie face down on the ground in humility, beating my chest (this is all metaphorical: ign...