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by DaveRL
21:31 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 6580

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

1994 Taylor LBV. On the lighter side.
by DaveRL
14:44 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Bordeaux Recommendations
Replies: 246
Views: 25228

Re: Bordeaux Recommendations

I thought it was a Wine Society declassified wine I bought. I dug into the website. It is not. It is Ulysse Pauillac 2010 , sold through the Wine Society via their "special relationship". Sorry for the mistake. Declassified Latour supposedly. I'm never sure about these sorts of wines, often seeming ...
by DaveRL
13:33 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Bordeaux Recommendations
Replies: 246
Views: 25228

Re: Bordeaux Recommendations

I bought some of the Wine Society 2010 Pauillac at £19.95 or so. I vaguely remembered other vintages selling out rather quickly, and indeed this one did too. It had a recommended drinking window to 2025 (and they are conservative): longer than most, hence I felt it might be interesting. One day whe...
by DaveRL
08:42 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll

No exit poll. Vote swapping allowed. Tense.

When is the result, and what are you drinking?
by DaveRL
22:24 Tue 30 Sep 2014
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Bordeaux Recommendations
Replies: 246
Views: 25228

Re: Bordeaux Recommendations

I bought some of the Wine Society 2010 Pauillac at £19.95 or so. I vaguely remembered other vintages selling out rather quickly, and indeed this one did too. It had a recommended drinking window to 2025 (and they are conservative): longer than most, hence I felt it might be interesting. One day when...
by DaveRL
12:10 Sun 28 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Liverpool?
Replies: 8
Views: 1391

Re: Liverpool?

The area around Moorfields and James Street Stations, and Dale St itself, are the more traditional business sectors, which I would guess more likely to have port. The last time I was there was many years ago, and it was a bit the worse for wear. A tenuous lead, but with the guide book idea a perhaps...
by DaveRL
22:26 Fri 26 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 6580

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

Excellent. Thank you. I found myself down from the fence in no man's land (apologies for mixing) and was wondering how to climb back onto it. I think Tesco 94 is good value and usually more than OK but never great. Sometimes it is worth aiming for great. Those times when everything comes together ar...
by DaveRL
09:06 Fri 26 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 6580

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

Tesco 94 must be a candidate for label bias. Would it perform better blind or in a decanter labelled Skeffington? If there is variation, is it any more than other ports suffer, such as the Graham 80: perhaps a quick case study is in order? If there is a question mark over a bottle, opening another £...
by DaveRL
08:59 Thu 25 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 6580

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

However the more I open it the more I think that there may come a day when I regret being quite so cavalier about opening a bottle of 1994 port from anywhere, albeit one from so pedestrian a supermarket. The answer is simply to buy enough. Christmas is coming. I'll be getting more when on (hopefull...
by DaveRL
08:43 Thu 25 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Wine Society's Xmas list
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Re: The Wine Society's Xmas list

I was unimpressed with the Fonseca. On paper it is a great price for what should be a decent port, so I was disappointed. It is in a very disjointed state now, showing signs here and there of being good, but I have no idea whether it will come back together nor where it will go. I read it was a Wine...
by DaveRL
08:28 Thu 25 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1405
Views: 175484

Re: Latest buy

I hope they will come in a lovely case, I will have to wait and see. I went for the easy option of storage: I may incur wrath if another Vesuvio box appears here too soon after the last ones!
by DaveRL
21:28 Wed 24 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1405
Views: 175484

Re: Latest buy

I succumbed to 6 Vesuvio 04 from the Wine Society. Easy storage and I thought a reasonable price (£36) given it has probably been well treated.
by DaveRL
21:19 Wed 24 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 6580

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

However the more I open it the more I think that there may come a day when I regret being quite so cavalier about opening a bottle of 1994 port from anywhere, albeit one from so pedestrian a supermarket. The answer is simply to buy enough. Christmas is coming. I'll be getting more when on (hopefull...
by DaveRL
11:19 Wed 24 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 6580

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

I'd add Tesco 94 to the list. I opened another one, and perhaps got lucky again, but it drank well. These will keep my sticky paws off those with more potential that I should leave in the dark. I must get around to cutting and sticking those marvellous decanter labels.
by DaveRL
14:18 Sat 13 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Fonseca
Replies: 3
Views: 866

Re: 1992 Fonseca

It was v good in parts. At its height it was delightful. More disjointed than the 97s, which themselves are not currently in a great place. Fonseca 85 to my mind is so much better today, and I am sure it will improve further. I think you are right and the 90s need more time.
by DaveRL
14:02 Sat 13 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christie’s auctions
Replies: 141
Views: 11108

Re: Christie’s auctions

Yes. Interesting. How low needs the fill level get to be noted as ullaged. 68 years old. How ullaged would we expect 60 70 year old port to be now?
by DaveRL
16:58 Fri 12 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Fonseca
Replies: 3
Views: 866

1992 Fonseca

D+3 Dark dense red, browning slightly at the edges. Little in nose. Alcohol and some plum. In the mouth sweet, quite viscous. Not much fruit - some more plum, figs. A little liquorice. A little medicinal. Finishes slightly bitter. Dark chocolate. Savoury, a Rhone meaty savoury component. Acidity pro...
by DaveRL
20:43 Wed 03 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 2497

Re: New port barrel help

If I had a port barrel with port and brandy already in it I'd give it a go. I'd follow the RSL guy's advice. I don't think the quality will shake the earth, but you'll have fun and learn how it works. Drink some, and it you like the liquid that comes out more the port you fill it up with, you're ont...
by DaveRL
14:22 Tue 02 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 2497

Re: New port barrel help

Returned and Services League of Australia? There are a lot of Australian references to port barrels.
by DaveRL
13:56 Tue 02 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 6349

Re: House decanter labels

I'm sure no one will have a need, but to tie a loose end, the tough waterproof laser printer paper I used is Zecom, and still sold, although I remember it being cheaper.

Edit. Available as tie on labels too.
by DaveRL
00:24 Thu 28 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2008 Sandeman LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: 2008 Sandeman LBV

I tend to agree on the punt theory. More expensive glass, more impressive looking bottle on shelf. Attempting a higher price. Some punts are massive. New world over done everything blockbusters at most extreme, but biggest punt at cheapest price game can be worth playing.
by DaveRL
00:15 Thu 28 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 6349

Re: House decanter labels

Thank you. Cutting and sticking entertainment.
by DaveRL
19:42 Wed 27 Aug 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Alcohol and health
Replies: 336
Views: 64620

Re: Alcohol and health

jdaw1 wrote:Great news about Sainsbury’s own-brand Madeira (which is excellent value):
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If drunk from a glass, zero calories. Fantastic diet drink.
Less good news on the alcohol. It, along with the energy, vanishes....
by DaveRL
22:12 Tue 26 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 6349

Re: House decanter labels

Would it be wrong to want a Graham 66 label (my birth year) pretending it was house port yet decant in anything to hand. Yes it would. Could be funny fooling the Inlaws though.
by DaveRL
22:04 Tue 26 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 6349

Re: House decanter labels

Graham pair good. The investor in me shudders that I wouldn't want to label Tesco 1994. I have plenty of Bomfim and Vargellas 2001 but perhaps too soon.