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by JacobH
17:40 Thu 27 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

Fortunately this is the Aszu Essencia so is 7.5% - basically special brew 88) . It's surely just the same market as Sauternes - pairs with the same stuff? Ah. Thank you. I wasn’t aware that there was a difference between “Aszu Essencia” and “Essencia”. At those sorts of ABV / sugar levels I’m sure ...
by JacobH
09:47 Thu 27 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

In the good old days, CMAG and I would occasionally lunch at Ibérica on Victoria Street. I would inevitably arrive before him and thoroughly enjoyed their range of about 5-6 different Vermouths available by the glass. That’s interesting. Vermouth seems to have a huge popularity in Spain: the last t...
by JacobH
13:06 Wed 26 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

Quite often available through Laithwaites is the basic 10YO Penfolds Tawny wine. And through other merchants the Grandfather Tawny and Great grandfather editions which are quite pricey. There are plenty of other examples if you search them out. Yes. I was thinking more that whilst they are availabl...
by JacobH
12:27 Wed 26 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

MigSU wrote:
12:08 Wed 26 May 2021
Good. :evil:
Don’t forget that David Guimaraens spent quite a lot of time working with the Australians before he moved back to Portugal!
by JacobH
12:06 Wed 26 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

My point, just to be clear, is BRAND Ports brand image hasn’t yet moved into broad consumption. It is regarded as a mans after dinner cigar drink. And even then it competes in a staggeringly diverse array of other men’s drinks No one drinks those wines. Nor do they discuss them. They talk about the...
by JacobH
11:51 Wed 26 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

Simon and I will be reviewing the 93 aszu essencia from Royal Tokaji this weekend. We'll make sure to report. Since this thread is going in all sorts of directions, I hope that no-one will mind if I say this: I’m always intrigued by Tokaji Essencia since I have never quite understood who the target...
by JacobH
08:39 Wed 26 May 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1977 Graham's Vintage Port for Sale
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: 1977 Graham's Vintage Port for Sale

I enjoyed several bottles of the Cockburn Fine White last summer which is available in most supermarkets for about £10-£12 a bottle. It's off-dry and young but makes a very pleasing afternoon drink slightly chilled or you can have it with tonic water for a less potent version of a G&T. The Graham's ...
by JacobH
21:44 Sun 23 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

I do agree with you that there are too many "investors" in wine and never plan to drink it. André Simon famously died aged 93 with only two magnums of wine left (plus, apparently, enough Château Latour 1945 to serve 400 at what would have been his 100th Birthday Party in 1970). We should all aim fo...
by JacobH
23:10 Sat 22 May 2021
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Cruz Ruby Revisited
Replies: 58
Views: 32393

Re: RE: Re: Cruz Ruby Revisited

I’m curious that after the unfiltered LBVs (Noval, Niepoort & Warre) we have three rather average tawnies (Graham’s “The Tawny”, Warre 10 Otima & Cruz Tawny). Did someone let Glenn tinker with the list? Had that been the case, there would have been many more changes and they would have been of much...
by JacobH
10:55 Sat 22 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

So...burgundy is crazy expensive. So is Bordeaux. So is Napa. Been to champagne lately?! Piedmont?! Germany?! So if the entire wine world is cray expensive ... and port is dirt cheap... aren’t we making my point? Don’t get me wrong, I’m trilled port is cheap a f The whole reason I got into port whe...
by JacobH
09:40 Sat 22 May 2021
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Cruz Ruby Revisited
Replies: 58
Views: 32393

Re: Cruz Ruby Revisited

I’m curious that after the unfiltered LBVs (Noval, Niepoort & Warre) we have three rather average tawnies (Graham’s “The Tawny”, Warre 10 Otima & Cruz Tawny). Did someone let Glenn tinker with the list? Had that been the case, there would have been many more changes and they would have been of much...
by JacobH
09:39 Sat 22 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

I understand your point of "a product is worth what someone is willing to pay for it", but I suppose I was never one to subscribe to that particular 'philosophy' (even though it's clearly a real thing). I own no VPs from my birth year, as it's a terrible, terrible year. Ideally I'd own a few bottle...
by JacobH
22:59 Fri 21 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: RE: Re: On the hunt for a 93!

I know, but still......€400+ per bottle for a - at best - passable Port? Jeez. The supply is low so we have these inflated wine searcher prices. Keeping your eyes peeled they pop up for under €200 now and then. If you see the Quinta das Liceiras 1993 at less than €200 a bottle you have to be carefu...
by JacobH
22:29 Fri 21 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

They also bottled the 1992 and perhaps some others. The quinta is a vineyard that is part of Romaneira and is therefore similar concept to the few bottling of Qunita do Marco produced around the same time by Noval. Ah, interesting. VintagePort.se suggests the only other ones were a 1992 and a 2000 ...
by JacobH
22:11 Fri 21 May 2021
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Cruz Ruby Revisited
Replies: 58
Views: 32393

Re: Cruz Ruby Revisited

The future when a Cruz tawny is preferable over a Niepoort LBV is, perhaps, not one I wish to experience!
by JacobH
22:10 Fri 21 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

Exactly. My son was born in that year and this is the only stock he will ever have the chance to taste from his birth year. I have never tasted it. Do you know how / why they made a 1993 as their one-and-only Vintage Port? (I assume if there was a birth in the family, a private reserve tawny would ...
by JacobH
22:03 Fri 21 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: On the hunt for a 93!
Replies: 87
Views: 5026

Re: On the hunt for a 93!

MigSU wrote:
21:54 Fri 21 May 2021
I never understood why that wine is so expensive! Is it really that good?
Isn’t it both the best wine of the Vintage and also the best wine of that Quinta?

I presume when DRT says they have been “properly stored” he means he’s been keeping them in 40°C heat to turn them into Madeira :wink:
by JacobH
21:59 Fri 21 May 2021
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Cruz Ruby Revisited
Replies: 58
Views: 32393

Re: Cruz Ruby Revisited

I’m curious that after the unfiltered LBVs (Noval, Niepoort & Warre) we have three rather average tawnies (Graham’s “The Tawny”, Warre 10 Otima & Cruz Tawny). Did someone let Glenn tinker with the list?
by JacobH
10:23 Fri 21 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)

Don't complain! You lot get vintage Ports at prices that sometimes make me want to cry (due to how low they sometimes are). This is a very fair point! Although, perhaps unconventionally, I like to explore lesser-known shippers and Ports where the prices here can be sky-high compared to Portugal. An...
by JacobH
16:29 Thu 20 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)

Finding one will be the challenge. I don't recall ever seeing one available at retail in the UK, but it must be somewhere. Whisky and Wines (who I don’t know) are selling it for £23.99 which isn’t the most attractive price for a 10-year-old when it seems to go for about €17.49 in Portugal. I do occ...
by JacobH
16:18 Thu 20 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1745
Views: 448168

Re: Latest buy

Now that would be fun to try and pour from. The shape looks about as sensible as you might expect for something like this. (Although it is a shame they didn’t make a giant snake one like their signature hand-blown ones!). But according to the old amazon listing, its weight was 6.75kg so I guess it ...
by JacobH
16:13 Thu 20 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)

It was a very well deserved winner of a gold medal at the last Decanter World Wine Awards. It is one of the better "big brand" 10YOs and thoroughly enjoyable. If I was eating in a restaurant and saw this on the wine list, I would have a big smile on my face. That’s really interesting. Whilst the ma...
by JacobH
14:39 Thu 20 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: NV Calem 10YO Tawny (bottled 2019)

Sounds like you think this is one of the better 10 year old tawnies? Especially from a larger brand (as opposed to an independent Quinta).
by JacobH
09:58 Thu 20 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1745
Views: 448168

Re: Latest buy

Perhaps :lol: :lol: And I know a few people on these two Port forums, TPF & FTLOP, who've also helped the CdD by buying some of these. I remember trying to take a picture of the large banner in the entryway that showed how much quantity of Port for each year they held. The security guard wasn't amu...
by JacobH
17:42 Wed 19 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1745
Views: 448168

Re: Latest buy

Chris Doty wrote:
17:39 Wed 19 May 2021
There are objects , known as decanters...
There should be laws against the decanting of 4.5l bottles of tawny ports into anything less than a 4.5l decanter.