What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?

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What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?

Post by g-man » 06:17 Thu 28 Nov 2013

I have a dow 77 and a croft 63 lined up
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Re: What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?

Post by PhilW » 08:28 Thu 28 Nov 2013

I seem to have created a tradition for opening a Cr70 for Xmas day at our house (or wherever we are on Xmas day).

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Post by TLW » 13:38 Thu 28 Nov 2013

Lots and lots of port.

That being said, am thinking of a bit of an unusual - a little of everything - tasting for one evening with 7-8 people (although the port may last for a couple of days). As I no longer have anything older than 1963, am thinking a port from five decades with each being from a different house (I have no 2011s where we will be drinking), and a different style. I would be interested in everyone's thoughts around what might make the most interesting tasting. I am the only fanatic, but 3-4 others are well along the path.

The last magnum (1.8litres - no typo) of 1963 Dow (these are fun with port tongs). Although I have a few other choices from the 1960s, this one is weeping, and needs to be drunk)
1977 Graham (or could do a 1970 Graham - ex-cellars) (except for a couple of scattered bottles, my 1970s decade is almost entirely Graham)
1983 Cockburn (lots of alternatives from the major houses here from the 1980s, ranging from a 1980 Sandeman or 1982 Noval to a 1985 Taylor or Fonseca)
1992 Niepoort or Fonseca. Alternatively 1991 Warre. I had thought the 1994 Vesuvio, but it was decades away from ready last year, and is not 21 in any case.
2000 Croft (or Taylor, but this just seems so very wrong)

Thoughts, gentlemen?

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Post by jdaw1 » 13:58 Thu 28 Nov 2013

Many bottles of 1983 Cockburn are corked. Perhaps 80%+.

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Post by PhilW » 14:04 Thu 28 Nov 2013

TLW wrote:Thoughts, gentlemen?
Since you eliminate the 94 Vesuvio for youth, I'd also save the 2000; Given your selection, I'd go 63,70,77,85,92 (D,G,G,T,F) instead to give the same number of ports, pretty much equally spaced, and all 21yr+. Admittedly it duplicates the Graham, so I'd probably obtain perhaps a Warre or Croft substitute for one of the 70/77 if possible, but it does also mean you have all the major houses covered.

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Post by TLW » 14:06 Thu 28 Nov 2013

jdaw1 wrote:Many bottles of 1983 Cockburn are corked. Perhaps 80%+.
That might well solve some of the issues around Christmas presents.

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Post by TLW » 14:09 Thu 28 Nov 2013

PhilW wrote:
TLW wrote:Thoughts, gentlemen?
Since you eliminate the 94 Vesuvio for youth, I'd also save the 2000; Given your selection, I'd go 63,70,77,85,92 (D,G,G,T,F) instead to give the same number of ports, pretty much equally spaced, and all 21yr+. Admittedly it duplicates the Graham, so I'd probably obtain perhaps a Warre or Croft substitute for one of the 70/77 if possible, but it does also mean you have all the major houses covered.
I have the 77 Warre, and may give it a try. It is always a pleasant wine by itself, but sometimes shows poorly in comparison. A bit "Miss Congeniality".

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Post by g-man » 22:07 Thu 28 Nov 2013

heh i have a case and a half of 83 cockburn at 18$/btl
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Post by gardenhose » 00:18 Fri 29 Nov 2013

Well, my family is going to try a few bottles. A 95 taylor vargellas, an 87 niepoort, and the '11 fonseca and Taylor because my dad wants to try a couple from this vintage.

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Post by g-man » 05:01 Fri 29 Nov 2013

gardenhose wrote:Well, my family is going to try a few bottles. A 95 taylor vargellas, an 87 niepoort, and the '11 fonseca and Taylor because my dad wants to try a couple from this vintage.
very nice!!

i'd say the taylor, pop and pour to taste at the start of the meal.

but defintely keep it around till the end of the meal. The taylor will certainly reward.
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Post by marc j. » 05:55 Fri 29 Nov 2013

For X-mas I'm planning on opening a 1963 Ferreira as well as a 1955 Cockburn & a 1966 Delaforce.

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Post by djewesbury » 17:18 Sat 30 Nov 2013

A tricky question. I will be the only particularly committed port drinker (one person present at the Xmas table, who used to work in the Graham's lodge, is taking it easy this year; there will even be some teetotallers there :| ). I think a Graham 20YO will be all I can get away with opening on the day, but I will have something over the surrounding days; depends what turns up before then (72 bottles are on their way here...)
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Post by LGTrotter » 02:24 Sun 01 Dec 2013

djewesbury wrote: (72 bottles are on their way here...)
And what about new year?
I am going to have at the magnum of Warre '70 that started the rewax thread. Or perhaps next year.

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Post by LGTrotter » 23:34 Tue 03 Dec 2013

Found a slightly weepy 70 cockburn. It's wife just left. Perhaps it should be a Christmas mercy killing.

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Post by g-man » 18:10 Wed 04 Dec 2013

friends coming into town now

so the port got upgraded to a 45' Sandeman

and my generous friends are bringing a 86' Cheval Blanc, Latour and a Margaux ;-);-)
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Post by gerwin.degraaf » 20:39 Wed 04 Dec 2013

g-man wrote:friends coming into town now

so the port got upgraded to a 45' Sandeman

and my generous friends are bringing a 86' Cheval Blanc, Latour and a Margaux ;-);-)
Sounds like a plan!

Please let us know how the Sandeman '45 is holding up. I have a couple, and am planning on opening the first in 2015.

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Post by Axel P » 20:03 Thu 05 Dec 2013

We always have a big family dinner, so perfect timing for opening bigger bottles.

For the Port I will most probably go for a Graham Mg. 79 or Dow 75 which are very nice to enjoy from a Mg.

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Post by MacAllan » 15:20 Sat 07 Dec 2013

I have a leeking Niepoort Colheita 1912. I guess have to drink it :P

And for New Years, a cockburns 1963.

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Post by AHB » 22:52 Sat 07 Dec 2013

I'm currently drinking my way through a bottle of 2008 Royal Tokaji Wine Company 5 puttonyas Tokaji - very youthful and enjoyable. I might get another bottle of this for Christmas.
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Post by DRT » 23:55 Sat 07 Dec 2013

Krohn Colheita Branco 1964 (sorry, Glenn)
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Post by Glenn E. » 03:25 Sun 08 Dec 2013

DRT wrote:Krohn Colheita Branco 1964 (sorry, Glenn)
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Post by AHB » 18:03 Mon 09 Dec 2013

I'm hoping to get my hands on a bottle of the Vesuvio 2011 to keep my tradition going of drinking a Vesuvio from the most recent release at Christmas. I started in the late '90s and have managed it every Christmas since (having the 2001 vintage in both 2003 and 2004).
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Post by JSW9 » 01:49 Sun 22 Dec 2013

I may have to break open the '63 Fonseca.

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Post by Christopher » 09:45 Fri 27 Dec 2013

Taylor 1945. Because it's Christmas.

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Post by g-man » 15:52 Fri 27 Dec 2013

JSW9 wrote:I may have to break open the '63 Fonseca.
the proper way to break open a bottle of port
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