Port With Star Quality (Wisemans’ arrival), Tue 08 Nov 2011

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Port With Star Quality (Wisemans’ arrival), Tue 08 Nov 2011

Post by jdaw1 » 17:55 Tue 08 Nov 2011

On Tuesday 8th November 2011, in The Steak Exchange EC2A 2EH, friends gathered to note the return to London of jdaw1, and the recent birth of his second daughter. The theme was ‟Port With Star Quality”, with appropriately themed placemats.

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Post by AHB » 23:53 Tue 08 Nov 2011

I should probably post tomorrow, when I am less affected by the port that I have consumed. However, that doesn't change the fact that this was a wonderful evening with super company, a terrific theme and some magnificent ports. My personal favourite was the Taylor 1977 but this was given a serious challenge by the Croft 66 and the Fonseca 1970.

A great evening and my thanks to all who were present.
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Post by Chris Doty » 01:11 Wed 09 Nov 2011

Very sorry to have missed it (and not just because of the port!!)

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Post by jdaw1 » 22:45 Wed 09 Nov 2011

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Post by Axel P » 08:21 Thu 10 Nov 2011

and I was stuck here with only one bottle. Superb notes. Sorry to have missed this.

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Post by PhilW » 09:15 Thu 10 Nov 2011

Sounds like a good night, my apologies again for having to drop at the last minute. I'm not surprised to find that along with the good company that there were some very nice ports. My first instince given the theme was to plan to bring an F70 myself (my favourite port), but as we'd had it recently (at the matrix) plus based on his previous 'shoe-in' post and the theme I guessed that Rob might bring a Cr66, so instead I'd planned to bring a W66 for a mini-theme if I was right; another time perhaps. Glad it sounds like it was (of course) and excellent night, and hope that circumstances this end will allow me to be present next week.

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Post by RAYC » 15:02 Thu 10 Nov 2011

It was a very good night, with a deeply impressive level of gluttony and thirst for port on display across the board. By the end i had been drunk under the table by the others, which is not something that happens often!

I was very impressed by the Taylor 77, which i predicted would be my WOTN early on. As it happens, any of 5 of the glasses that i subsequently tasted (F70x2, Cr66x2, G63) had a good stake to that claim for me - testament to the quality of ports that evening and i am grateful we could agree on a fudged voting system to accomodate 3 equal picks (or, in AHB's case, 3 equal choices for 3rd place!). Since i have previously been underwhelmed by my post-1955 Taylor experiences and equally underwhelmed by many of my vintage 1977 experiences - I am very glad to be given this cause to re-evaluate (particularly in view of the relatively poor Taylor and vintage 1977 showing at the Matrix tasting).

Many thanks to jdaw1 for opening a prized magnum of F70 and conducting a very interesting decant experiment. Not only did none of us pick it (at least initially), but i think that there was even disagreement about which glass tasted more mature! This port is fabulous now, but i don't think it is yet at its peak.

The Croft 66s were also interesting - this is the second tasting in a row where duplicate blind ports have been brought - again, I don't recall anyone being anywhere close to spotting them! Both were a very nice drop indeed. 66s are my sweet spot at the moment.

Overall, a very successful evening. Though, since one bottle per person is clearly never enough, perhaps we should in future pre-agree in the organisation thread whether a modest bottle of VP should be decanted as an extra bottle to avoid the late-decant scenario that we had with the Malvedos and Cavadinha 92s...
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Post by RAYC » 15:07 Thu 10 Nov 2011

N.B. i cry foul for deliberate mis-direction!
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Post by PhilW » 15:38 Thu 10 Nov 2011

I like the voting method btw. While probably not planned that way, the effective system of "each person allocates a total of 6 points in any way they please across the ports, subject to a maximum of 3pts to any one port" seems like a simple (provided no-one goes too far with fractional points), yet flexible way to allow representation of WOTN while taking equally good wines into account.

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Post by AHB » 21:44 Thu 10 Nov 2011

I will eventually get round to writing up my tasting notes from last night (or was it the night before last?) but I did manage to take home a sample of the Malvedos 1992 which I drank last night (so it must have been the night before last). It was extremely impressive; the extra 24 hours of air contact did it the world of good and moved it up towards the lofty heights of some of our leading contenders for WOTN - just needs another 20 years of cellar time to reach that level of maturity!
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Post by jdaw1 » 21:58 Thu 10 Nov 2011

PhilW wrote:I like the voting method btw. While probably not planned that way, the effective system of "each person allocates a total of 6 points in any way they please across the ports, subject to a maximum of 3pts to any one port" seems like a simple (provided no-one goes too far with fractional points), yet flexible way to allow representation of WOTN while taking equally good wines into account.
It was meant to be a choice: either vote 3-2-1, or vote 2-2-2. The first voter, AHB, promptly broke it.

Your interpretation of the voting is itself a very good proposal: 6 points any way, subject to a maximum of 3 for any one candidate.

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Post by DRT » 12:57 Fri 11 Nov 2011

A splendid evening indeed. The theme worked out perfectly and the wines produced were fantastic.

Thanks to everyone in attendance for their company and for sharing their star quality ports. If my tasting notes ever turn up I will be sure to post them in the appropriate threads :oops:
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Re: Port With Star Quality (Wisemans’ arrival), Tue 08 Nov 2011

Post by jdaw1 » 22:34 Fri 11 Nov 2011

RAYC wrote:
N.B. i cry foul for deliberate mis-direction!
I did so collect, and reported here the consumption of ☆.

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