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by griff
11:12 Fri 28 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Niepoort
Replies: 10
Views: 3367

Re: 1987 Niepoort

Thinking about it a little more, the auction also had quite a lot of older Rioja as well as uncommonly sighted ports. Likely to be from the same cellar.
by griff
11:10 Fri 28 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Niepoort
Replies: 10
Views: 3367

Re: 1987 Niepoort

AHB wrote:Was this a bottle you managed to track down in Australia, or one you were able to take with you from the UK?
This was an Aussie sourced bottle. Surprised to see it actually as it is mainly Taylor, Fonseca, Dow and Warre on the market here.
by griff
09:25 Sat 22 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Niepoort
Replies: 10
Views: 3367

Re: 1987 Niepoort

+7h: I have been hasty. The last glass has emerged as a powerful liqueur cherry tipple. Some heat again on the finish and the aforementioned VA has remained in check. Perfect with some proper Wokey Hole cheddar.
by griff
06:40 Sat 22 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Niepoort
Replies: 10
Views: 3367

Re: 1987 Niepoort

+4.5h: Cherries to the fore as well as brown spices. Intriguingly the colour has lightened again. Unfortunately there is an element of VA starting to emerge on the finish. I found this best after an hour. Dinner shall be served early.
by griff
04:46 Sat 22 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Niepoort
Replies: 10
Views: 3367

1987 Niepoort

After some recent discussion on the conversation sub-forum regarding VA in Niepoorts of this age, a bottle of this port was broached for analysis. The intention is to plan for dinner so the bottle was opened at midday. +0h: Dense red black with a pale rim. A bouquet of cacao with rum and raisins on ...
by griff
02:25 Wed 19 Mar 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1978 Château Léoville-Las Cases
Replies: 5
Views: 1508

Re: 1978 Château Léoville-Las Cases

I am a fan of the 78 vintage. Starting to decline but still good drinking as you say.
by griff
21:35 Thu 13 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in Birmingham
Replies: 14
Views: 3779

Re: Port in Birmingham

Vintage is not easy, at least it wasn't up until 7 months ago. Loki wine shop might have a port going in their enomatics. A few of the restaurants have one/a few by the glass e.g. Purnells has Dow 1970, Taylors 1992 and Warres 1997 currently according to their list. Simpsons may have several as well...
by griff
11:36 Thu 13 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The matrix
Replies: 23
Views: 4599

Re: The matrix

I have come to the conclusion that, ultimately, communion with port is personal. One man's meat is another man's poison and all that. You can crowdsource opinion on ports that many are able to enjoy, but what one finds beautiful is personal i.e. Plato was wrong :) WIth that out of the way I think on...
by griff
22:45 Mon 10 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Old vines or not old vines, that is the question...
Replies: 68
Views: 12162

Re: Old vines or not old vines, that is the question...

Excellent post indeed. Just following up the vine vigour paragraph, while different grape varieties have different age envelopes, do they still have the same shape in terms of vigour i.e. low vigour then higher vigour then lower vigour? If so, then the maxim still holds true. As I was taught, it's ...
by griff
06:54 Mon 10 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Old vines or not old vines, that is the question...
Replies: 68
Views: 12162

Re: Old vines or not old vines, that is the question...

Excellent post indeed. Just following up the vine vigour paragraph, while different grape varieties have different age envelopes, do they still have the same shape in terms of vigour i.e. low vigour then higher vigour then lower vigour? If so, then the maxim still holds true.
by griff
23:16 Fri 07 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1985 & VA
Replies: 54
Views: 8265

Re: 1985 & VA

LGTrotter wrote:
g-man wrote:not properly topping off the barrels
Do they top up the barrels? You would seem to say so, I suppose with the quantities made this is practical.
You need to to make an unoxidated wine. The alternative is to reduce the volume with inert material e.g. marbles.

EDIT: spelling
by griff
22:43 Wed 05 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Old vines or not old vines, that is the question...
Replies: 68
Views: 12162

Re: 2011 Declarations

For non-fortified wine production often the first and second crop off young vines can be superb. These crops are somewhat similar to a crop from old vines (I would have said 20 years plus would be classed as old but not sure in the Douro) as the vines are low vigour in the early years (years 3 to 4)...
by griff
22:27 Wed 05 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1985 & VA
Replies: 54
Views: 8265

Re: 1985 & VA

Thank you for that comprehensive answer. Looks like I shall have to take my chances with the 87's. Judging by the few tasting notes on this vintage there seems to be a rough split between disappointment and delight.
by griff
11:17 Wed 05 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1513
Views: 309816

Re: Latest buy

Among other odds and sods I have recently come across a 1944 Royal Porto Colheita. Love the sparkly letters :)
by griff
10:59 Wed 05 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1985 & VA
Replies: 54
Views: 8265

Re: 1985 & VA

Last week-end we had Niepoort 1985... and it was full of VA. 3 of 6 of Niepoort 1985 have been defect. :-( Boo! Hiss!! Shame! Niepoort is frustrating in that way. I've had two great bottles of 85 and 2 not good bottles of 85. Similar with 1997, and now 1994s are also showing some signs :( I haven't...
by griff
06:00 Sat 01 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Warre
Replies: 1
Views: 1493

Re: 1980 Warre

This and the 83 Grahams were the first VP's that made me sit up and say that there is something to this vintage port thing. Thank you for the reminder to look out for more.
by griff
08:54 Sun 15 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Gould Campbell
Replies: 8
Views: 2764

Re: 1983 Gould Campbell

Was tempted to open this one for Christmas. Not so sure now.
by griff
08:24 Sat 09 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Standing bottles up
Replies: 31
Views: 2858

Re: Standing bottles up

Rob, you mentioned that you noticed a difference with recently transported bottles. I think they are separate again from those lying horizontal for an extended period. I subscribe to the travel shock theory although it is contentious.
by griff
21:17 Wed 06 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1224
Views: 321869

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Just received an email from the Halifax wine company with an offer of Calem 2000 at 32 pounds. No tasting notes in the database though.

cheers

Carl
by griff
11:56 Mon 30 Sep 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: O-PORT-UNIDADE Kick off
Replies: 16
Views: 4696

Re: O-PORT-UNIDADE Kick off

What a beautiful photo up top. Congratulations!
by griff
11:48 Mon 30 Sep 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Everyday VP
Replies: 35
Views: 4924

Re: Everyday VP

91 Fonseca all gone from F&R but the 87 Roeda and 96 Vesuvio duty paid look reasonable.
by griff
10:43 Mon 30 Sep 2013
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Warre
Replies: 3
Views: 1725

Re: 1985 Warre

At a country house hotel outside Winchester, apparently decanted the day before. Still about 80% opaque. Very spirity on the nose, stewed prunes, hint of orange, soft, young, not complex, drinkable enough, but ever so slightly disappointing. Whilst there will be no difficulty in drinking the few of...
by griff
10:36 Thu 26 Sep 2013
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Gould Campbell
Replies: 1
Views: 1240

Re: 1983 Gould Campbell

Time + 1 day

Strawberry jam to the fore with cocoa proving a slightly bitter edge. Heat gone. Very Good/Excellent.
by griff
11:10 Wed 25 Sep 2013
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Boyhood Pastimes
Replies: 18
Views: 4623

Re: Boyhood Pastimes

DRT wrote:I didn't realise at the time how pioneering my research was :smile:
From little things, big things grow ;)
by griff
10:56 Wed 25 Sep 2013
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Gould Campbell
Replies: 1
Views: 1240

1983 Gould Campbell

A medium red, clear at the rim with little bricking. Some honey and strawberries on the nose. Black pepper emerging after an hour. Sweeter than a Warres however. Cacao adding to the strawberry jam palate with a fine acidity. Moderate heat on the finish. Overall a teasing glimpse of promise but yet t...