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by DaveRL
09:38 Thu 15 Jan 2015
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Smith Woodhouse 1997 & Sundries
Replies: 6
Views: 3382

Re: Smith Woodhouse 1997 & Sundries

Very sorry to read of your health issues. Glad to read you have solved selling your bottles.

Hope both get the best result for you. Good luck.
by DaveRL
17:42 Wed 14 Jan 2015
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Smith Woodhouse 1997 & Sundries
Replies: 6
Views: 3382

Re: Smith Woodhouse 1997 & Sundries

I assume that you have read this ? The Smith Woodhouse won't fetch much selling them, the others perhaps a bit more (although the 75 is probably not of interest to me) - the usual advise is for the seller to reconsider and drink them or give to friends - are you sure that this is not a better option...
by DaveRL
14:48 Wed 14 Jan 2015
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: The Wine Society: recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 13677

Re: The Wine Society: recommendations

Ah, no. http://www.thewinesociety.com/shop/productdetail.aspx?section=pd&pl=&pd=SG1841&pc=&prl= Described as bone dry, but I'd say just a little sweeter than bone - lots of fruit. Your link is to the demi sec still wine. I haven't tried this one yet. Others have been delicious. These tend to work we...
by DaveRL
10:44 Wed 14 Jan 2015
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: The Wine Society: recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 13677

Re: The Wine Society: recommendations

Huet (Chenin Blanc, Loire). Make a great fizz, and excellent (and age worthy) sec, demi-sec and sweeter wines. Recently bought 2008 Haut-Lieu demi sec and a mixed case of 2009 Moelleux (which was apparently a good year). I have tried a variety of vintages and styles. For me they combine what I like ...
by DaveRL
12:49 Mon 12 Jan 2015
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Smith Woodhouse 1997 & Sundries
Replies: 6
Views: 3382

Re: Smith Woodhouse 1997 & Sundries

Could you let us know please how these have been stored since you bought them, and where they were originally acquired from?

I'm interested in the Smith Woodhouse 97, and possibly the others. Photos of the single bottles would be appreciated.

Edit. Sorry, 97. Mistype.
by DaveRL
21:50 Wed 07 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General query on maturity in half bottles
Replies: 48
Views: 5423

Re: General query on maturity in half bottles

jdaw1 wrote:In other words, a 25.2YO full bottle would taste as a half bottle had 5.2 years before.

The observed effect is larger than that.
Thank you for the calculations. Yes, significantly larger. Either not the complete answer (wasn't expected to be) or idea was a load of tosh. :D
by DaveRL
19:47 Wed 07 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General query on maturity in half bottles
Replies: 48
Views: 5423

Re: General query on maturity in half bottles

Not sure any of that is relevant, or the subsequent calculations. While it is true to say that surfaces can act as sites for molecules to interact, that is only true if the molecules are of the type that do interact, I think. I'm fairly certain that port and glass do not cause any type of reaction....
by DaveRL
16:37 Wed 07 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General query on maturity in half bottles
Replies: 48
Views: 5423

Re: General query on maturity in half bottles

I suspect it has something to do with the ratio of oxygen to wine in the bottle, small bottles having a greater proportion of oxygen to wine than larger bottles. The same principle is at work in wooden casks, which is why they are topped-up to avoid the wine oxidising too quickly. Am thinking surfa...
by DaveRL
15:23 Wed 07 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: General query on maturity in half bottles
Replies: 48
Views: 5423

Re: General query on maturity in half bottles

I remember from somewhere that surfaces act as sites for molecules to interact, generally increasing rates of reaction. Surfaces include glass, cork and suspended/deposited particles. Smaller bottles have a higher ratio of glass to liquid. Perhaps this is also a factor?
by DaveRL
18:08 Mon 29 Dec 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Smith Woodhouse 1977
Replies: 10
Views: 3592

Re: Smith Woodhouse 1977

Where in London are you? SW 77 is a port I've tried and liked, and I have certainly considered buying some.
by DaveRL
15:20 Wed 17 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1412
Views: 192807

Re: Latest buy

Excellent. I suspect that you will need it when the next few pallets of port arrive :wink:
by DaveRL
13:50 Wed 17 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1412
Views: 192807

Re: Latest buy

12 Dow 85 £26 each from local auction (they have only just started selling wine and spirits) :D

Two of which I am swapping for a small freezer, such is the way of things.
by DaveRL
15:13 Thu 04 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 6446

Re: 1994 Tesco

Yes, very good, but aged LBVs are at another price point?

I have some unfiltered Noval LBV sitting in the dark, and one day ...
by DaveRL
15:07 Thu 04 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 6446

Re: 1994 Tesco

I was merely being facetious. That's my role here. The 1311 was taken from the mother-in-law sale on FTLOP, that being the exact quantity being sold there. Yes, but the very thought of that much Te94 was scary, and couldn't pass without comment. I have a confession to make. I've never really got th...
by DaveRL
13:19 Thu 04 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1106
Views: 211470

Re: Port for sale by retailer

I liked the Berry's Crusted 07, which I guess is the same as the Dow's Crusted 07 on offer at Asda at £12.50.
by DaveRL
13:13 Thu 04 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 6446

Re: 1994 Tesco

Less minty. Better but not great. Good for what it is, but won't mourn the change to a new Tesco cellar defender when the time comes.

A pallet of port is I suppose roughly the same size as a pipe, but sounds significantly less sophisticated. Two pallets of Te94. Sysyphean.
by DaveRL
19:15 Wed 03 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Naming competition
Replies: 32
Views: 2343

Re: Naming competition

A cask that was made by farmers João and António 134 years ago, which at the time we said wasn't good enough to command full price, but which we've had in our lodge all these years and which is now marketed as being made by us. And commands full price. Or. Which we bought as part of the recent take...
by DaveRL
11:56 Wed 03 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 6446

Re: 1994 Tesco

Tesco Wine by the Case website was out of Te94 but I see some for sale again (£20). I opened, coincidentally, a bottle of this last night, from the most recent batch bought at the beginning of November. A slightly different back label design, the same words but reworked layout, and a different plast...
by DaveRL
22:47 Tue 02 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1106
Views: 211470

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Yes, thanks Phil. One Sainsbury's had no Crusted at all, but some Malvedos 01. The next had a mixture of 04 and 06. I wonder if the 98 is gone then? Still, all worth a try at those prices, I thought. Especially as the first Sainsbury's gave me a £6 off voucher off £60 voucher, promptly redeemed for ...
by DaveRL
18:48 Mon 01 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Naming competition
Replies: 32
Views: 2343

Re: Naming competition

War(re)ts 'n All
by DaveRL
18:43 Mon 01 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Naming competition
Replies: 32
Views: 2343

Re: Naming competition

Rich Old Dowager
by DaveRL
12:28 Sun 30 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca 1985 VP
Replies: 31
Views: 1818

Re: Fonseca 1985 VP

At Berry's, I thought that the Taylor started very well but didn't get any better and that the Fonseca started less well than the Taylor but opened right up and became more interesting. The Croft was drinking very well, but I suspect many bottles of Croft would show less well than this. A bottle of ...
by DaveRL
18:07 Fri 28 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale at auction
Replies: 346
Views: 58273

Re: Port for sale at auction

A Magnum Opus - is that a Tappit Hen?
by DaveRL
19:23 Fri 14 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylors 1994
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: Taylors 1994

It will make an excellent wine to pair with a cheese board - sweet, still some tannins, plenty of acidity, fruity, evolved and not overpowering. They were recently available at about £15 or so, and are very pleasant, but no blockbuster.
by DaveRL
14:15 Fri 07 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1106
Views: 211470

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Tesco have joined in. 25% off deal. I see they are selling Sandeman Vau 2003 now. Just need to find that extra £15 off coupon they sent me some weeks ago....