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by AHB
08:13 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction Michael
Replies: 21
Views: 5196

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: 1685

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: 2397

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: 1590

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: 2109

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: 22357

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 ...
by AHB
19:19 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Tasting Note Index Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Tasting Note Index Question

Alex K and I are in the middle of a minor spat over tasting notes - nothing too serious, I hasten to add, but we are discussing how to best reflect the fact that there may be people other than me who are interested in "red wines made from traditional port grape varieties normally found in the Douro ...
by AHB
18:55 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Delaforce Corte
Replies: 1
Views: 1911

1987 Delaforce Corte

By the glass from Corney & Barrow in London, served from a freshly opened bottle. Rose coloured, looking like fresh cherry juice. Nose a bit spirity, perhaps not surprisingly given the bottle was just opened, but also bringing plenty of fresh white cherries and a lovely lavender note. Sweet entry, j...
by AHB
10:28 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Tasting Notes Section
Replies: 178
Views: 40159

Julian Where you note a date on the tasting notes index, is this the date that the note was taken or the date the note was posted? I assume that it was the date the note was posted as that is what KillerB will be able to extract automatically for you. As a result, I have tried to include in my narra...
by AHB
10:17 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2003 Allesverloren Reserve Port (South Africa)
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

2003 Allesverloren Reserve Port (South Africa)

A tasting note taken on 28 July 2007 from a bottle open in the BA lounge at Johannesburg airport. It's not known how long the bottle had been open. Deep red, pinker rim, but no purple as might be expected from the age. The brandy glass the wine was served in concentrated the alcohol a little too muc...
by AHB
10:15 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1990 Allesverloren Reserve Port (South Africa)
Replies: 0
Views: 970

1990 Allesverloren Reserve Port (South Africa)

A tasting note taken on 1 August 2005 2-3 hours decanting time. Very watery look in the glass, but quite viscous and with plenty of legs. Colour was a very brown shade of red - reminded me of the colour of diluted plum cordial. On the nose was a wonderful bouquet of walnuts and figs with hints of ma...
by AHB
09:59 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Longer Decanting Times - Message Catching On?
Replies: 14
Views: 1883

Longer Decanting Times - Message Catching On?

I was browsing Berry Brother's website over the weekend and cam across an interesting comment in their description of the Quinta do Noval 1966 port. It read: "1966 Quinta do Noval - - Portugal Full Bodied, Sweet, Ready, but will keep, Port Blend, 20% alc. Initially shows quite significant spirit cha...
by AHB
09:56 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Death Row
Replies: 22
Views: 3600

My Death Row is the vision that you have in mind - several bottles standing up for a few days to a few weeks (months perhaps?) awaiting their final fate. I normally have 2-3 bottles standing at any time. Never less that one, rarely more than three. I prefer to have a choice on Death Row so that when...
by AHB
06:43 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 23704

I will be working on December 13, but so long as I have a wireless connection and a mobile phone signal then I can arrange to have an office day as opposed to a meetings day. That way I can still be productive but not have to travel anywhere or meet face-to-face with anyone on the 13th.

Alex
by AHB
22:28 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Kopke
Replies: 4
Views: 2109

I'm quite happy to concede that my liquorice is your aniseed and, now that you have brought your note to my attention, I would also reflect that there is a lot of aniseed in the aftertaste. I also bought my bottle from Heathrow Duty Free, but only a few weeks ago. Its probably the same source that t...
by AHB
22:13 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Death Row
Replies: 22
Views: 3600

Death Row

I posted this question in the other forum and I thought it might be interesting to see how the answers compare across the two sites. Currently standing on Death Row I have a 1985 Kopke (actually, that was opened this morning) and then a 1987 Hutcheson. After that, I'm struggling a little to decide w...
by AHB
21:54 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Kopke
Replies: 4
Views: 2109

1985 Kopke Vintage Port

Opened and decanted about 10 hours before the tasting note was taken. Decanted very cleanly off a fair amount of sediment. The colour of redwood, red centre but distinct browning at the rim. Nose is dusty but also carries a lovely mix of spices and sandalwood. In the mouth the port is sweet, but not...
by AHB
21:31 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2058
Views: 278103

Re: Conky’s apostrophe crime

I have to cede this point to you guys who's lifestyle makes them better served to know such things You meant “whose†, of course. That made me laugh out loud as well, but my house is occupied by two children and a wife who are all asleep after having been up at 5am to go car booting this morning. A...
by AHB
19:32 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2058
Views: 278103

Re: Conky is correct

The words may stick in my throat, but on this apostrophe-related matter, Conky is correct. Hmm. Not according to the Oxford Dictionaries web site (see this link here). They support my teaching that "it's" is an accepted contraction of either "it is" or "it has" and that the correct contraction has ...
by AHB
19:21 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Dalva
Replies: 17
Views: 4775

Excellent timing on the tasting note as I've got one of these on its way to me from a spot of sales shopping - and its intended for early drinking!

Alex
by AHB
06:38 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Favourites icon
Replies: 61
Views: 13408

I've got it.
by AHB
06:33 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2058
Views: 278103

Re: Conky’s missing apostrophes

jdaw1 wrote:
Before I realised that this was an apostrophe crime I had assumed that this was the way in which Conky protected his cigars from unwanted attention, by securing movement sensitive explosives in his non-humidifying box...
by AHB
06:28 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2058
Views: 278103

Re: Derek T.’s extra apostrophe

I am extremely surprised at how little is sold in Brazil given it's historic links to Portugal. I beg to disagree with this presumed apostrophe crime. I understood Derek to have used the apostrophe correctly as a contraction and not as a posessive. ie. "I am extremely surprised at how little is sol...
by AHB
06:22 Sun 23 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Warre
Replies: 7
Views: 2379

Interestingly, I had the chance to taste this wine again approximately 12 and 24 hours after opening the bottle. After 12 hours the wine smelled of plum juice rather than almonds and marzipan. The mouthfeel was still full and velvety, the tannins had softened and the alcohol was still beautifully in...
by AHB
10:48 Sat 22 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Offline #5
Replies: 16
Views: 4157

I've not tried a 1908 vintage port yet but I'm prepared to be disappointed. By the time a port reaches its 100th anniversary it has got to be a gamble whether it has lasted the distance or not. However, its worth opening one of them to find out. If you've already tried a Taylor and a Cockburn then I...