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by Alex Bridgeman
13:48 Sat 15 Jun 2024
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Historic Ports from the Cellars of Raby Castle
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: Historic Ports from the Cellars of Raby Castle

Received yesterday from Paul Symington and posted at his request: Dear Alex, Derek and Andy, I hope that you well. The Port Forum may like to know of an extraordinary auction that is taking place currently at Christies London. The auction closes next Thursday 20th June. There are many bottles of Dow...
by Alex Bridgeman
16:39 Fri 14 Jun 2024
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1977s, B&F, Tue 11 June 2024
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: 1977s, B&F, Tue 11 June 2024

This was a great tasting of 1977 Vintage Ports - none of them stank of TCA. I am coming to the conclusion that my introduction to this vintage 20 years ago was just unfortunate. At one point I was running at a spoilage rate of about 50%. Looking through my tasting notes I can see that now down to 10...
by Alex Bridgeman
11:57 Tue 11 Jun 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1977's - Tue 11th June 2024
Replies: 163
Views: 9868

Re: 1977's - Tue 11th June 2024

Picture of and decanting details for Morgan posted on the Morgan thread.
by Alex Bridgeman
08:43 Tue 11 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Morgan
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: 1977 Morgan

Opened at 09.00, decanted at 11.30
Opened at 09.00, decanted at 11.30
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Correction: decanted at 11.00
by Alex Bridgeman
07:18 Tue 11 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Re-wax that leaking bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 314

Re: Re-wax that leaking bottle

jdaw1 wrote: 22:16 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Alex Bridgeman wrote: 21:13 Mon 10 Jun 2024Careful use of a John Bull printing set.
This — ‘Shiny S-200 DIY Printing Kit 4mm and 5mm Character Height’?
That looks identical to the set I use.
by Alex Bridgeman
21:13 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Re-wax that leaking bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 314

Re: Re-wax that leaking bottle

Careful use of a John Bull printing set.
Careful use of a John Bull printing set.
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by Alex Bridgeman
20:27 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: single varietal
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: single varietal

Hi Camille, The IVDP regulations do not permit single varietal Ports to be produced and released commercially. A few producers have made small batch, experimental single varietal Ports so they can follow them as these varietals age and, from that, understand how each grape variety contributes toward...
by Alex Bridgeman
20:25 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Re-wax that leaking bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 314

Re: Re-wax that leaking bottle

I'd be up for a kilo of a slightly weird colour - basically anything from 371C or below on the list.

What Martin hasn't shown you is that you can also use a John Bull printing set to stamp the name of the wine into the wax before it fully sets. I'll go and take a picture of one of them now...
by Alex Bridgeman
20:20 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1977's - Tue 11th June 2024
Replies: 163
Views: 9868

Re: 1977's - Tue 11th June 2024

jdaw1 wrote: 18:42 Mon 10 Jun 2024 Failing objection both cogent and soon, the G77 will be opened tonight and decanted tomorrow morning.
Or I'm assuming 90% of the 1977 VPs will be corked.
by Alex Bridgeman
14:26 Mon 10 Jun 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1977's - Tue 11th June 2024
Replies: 163
Views: 9868

Re: 1977's - Tue 11th June 2024

Martin and I are going to meet at 2pm at Bar Douro London Bridge for a light lunch before we head to the Boot & Flogger.

Anyone else who is free to join us, would be very welcome to.
by Alex Bridgeman
21:56 Fri 07 Jun 2024
Forum: Reference
Topic: Internet videos of the historic Douro
Replies: 4
Views: 21277

Re: Internet videos of the historic Douro

Added a couple more films I found on the Pathé News website.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:30 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: ???? Unknown (Alnwick Castle)
Replies: 0
Views: 117

???? Unknown (Alnwick Castle)

A bottle acquired from the cellars of Alnwick Castle. Unknown shipper and vintage, the wax seal was stamped "PORT", the cork was unbranded and the bottle appears to have been hand blown. I would estimate the bottle to have been made in the 1890s. A nice colour in the glass, deep gold with ...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:20 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 1162

Re: 1970 Taylor

Bottled by Grants of St James. A lovely mature bronze colour. Lively and fresh on the nose, full of fruit; fruit which delivers a lovely palate with just a little heat showing. Bruised apple, golden sultana merge together on the tongue to give a lovely mouthful of dried fruit. A warm aftertaste, inf...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:19 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 941

Re: 1963 Taylor

Bottled in the UK by an unknown bottler. Opened at 09.00, decanted at 14.20 and tasted at 18.20. Mid-shoulder fill but with a good colour. Bronze red colour, 30% opaque. A little oxidised on the nose, causing the alcohol to stand out quite noticeably. Menthol lights up the palate, which shows only a...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:18 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Noval
Replies: 3
Views: 1016

Re: 1970 Noval

Opened at 21.00, double-decanted at 23.00 and sealed with a vacu-vin. Bottled by Churton. Clean appearance, mature and 40% opaque. Dirty and unpleasant nose, perhaps a touch of TCA giving some bitterness to the palate. Not rated.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:18 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Martinez
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: 1963 Martinez

Bottled by Charles Kinloch. Opened at 07.00, decanted at 14.50 and tasted at 18.20. Mature bronze colour, 40% opaque. Warm citrus nose of mixed orange and lime oil, very attractive. Gentle entry, smooth and mellifluous with orange blossom honey spreading over the tongue. Slightly dried out on the pa...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:17 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Graham Malvedos
Replies: 3
Views: 1360

Re: 1992 Graham Malvedos

A rich and youthful red with an opaque centre and a wide rim. Bright, fresh fruit on the nose with the alcohol a little unintegrated. Lovely leisurely black fruit, a lively menthol spicing up the black fruit lozenge. A long, sweet, black fruit lozenge finish rounds off this wonderful wine, a wine wh...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:14 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Kopke
Replies: 5
Views: 2554

Re: 1983 Kopke

Bronze in colour with a tinge of red, 40% opaque. A wonderful russet apple smell coming out of the glass, later backed up by some sour cranberry. Light and elegant on the palate, with red apple and dusty cocoa powder; a touch of coffee on the aftertaste and finish. Light, but quite tasty and elegant...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:12 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Graham
Replies: 6
Views: 2749

Re: 1983 Graham

Deep red colour with a more youthful tone than many of its peers; 70% opaque. Delicious red fruit on the nose, fresh cut strawberries. The attractive fruit appears on the palate with a hint of sweetness to it - like a strawberry daiquiri with a cocktail cherry. Great acidity keeps the fruit fresh an...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:11 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Gould Campbell
Replies: 6
Views: 2843

Re: 1983 Gould Campbell

Deep red colour, crimson with an overtone of charcoal; 70% opaque. Subdued fruit on the nose, still showing some ripe black fruit wrapped in an attractive perfume. Generous on the palate, the red and black fruit giving a generous mouthful with the charcoal tannins giving a bit of a youthful feel des...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:10 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Fonseca
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: 1983 Fonseca

Decanted for 90 minutes the night before the tasting before being returned to the bottle and vacu-vined. A mature brushed copper colour, 50% opaque. Showing little on the nose other than some bruised apple and a little toffee. Sweet, toffeed fruit on the palate; good acidity and a little ground pepp...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:09 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Feuerheerd
Replies: 5
Views: 2590

Re: 1983 Feuerheerd

Slightly cloudy with fine sediment in suspension, a mature bronze colour. A faint hint of caramelised redcurrants on the nose. A nice impact on the palate, sweet bramble and sharp star fruit - an odd but attractive combination. Nicely balanced mid-weight wine with the tannins nearly fully integrated...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:07 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Dow
Replies: 7
Views: 4710

Re: 1983 Dow

Burnished copper colour, 50% opaque. Something wrong on the nose giving the wine a dirty and unpleasant character. Bitter and spoiled on the palate. Bacterial problem. Not rated. Decanted 3 hours.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:05 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Cockburn
Replies: 5
Views: 2614

Re: 1983 Cockburn

The colour of dark cherry juice, 40% opaque. A swirl releases some baked forced rhubarb. Light on the palate with dry dark chocolate tannins and some raspberry jam. A good grippy aftertaste showing lively and elegant fruit, which combine to give an impressive finish. A very attractive wine. 90/100. ...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:04 Wed 05 Jun 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Calem
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: 1983 Calem

Light red colour with a pale rose rim, 30% opaque. An attractive nose of slightly caramelised fruit. Light fruit entry with toffee and rhubarb, gaining weight on the palate while retaining an attractive balance of fruit and acidity. The fruit and acidity combine to give a lovely forced rhubarb finis...