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by PhilW
11:52 Tue 15 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 17
Views: 505

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

This is getting a bit long, so I'll end on a controversial note: I see wines (in general, not just Ports) from a single plot/vineyard/Quinta the same way I see varietal wines - they're interesting tools to see what a particular plot or variety is capable of. But I'll always prefer blends, because i...
by PhilW
22:48 Mon 14 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 17
Views: 505

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

JacobH wrote:
22:08 Mon 14 Jun 2021
Thanks: really interesting. That looks a bit disappointing for the Vesuvio as the only full declaration of the bunch, doesn’t it?
Is this a five minute argument, or the full half hour?
by PhilW
22:09 Sun 13 Jun 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1980 Horizontal, 20 October 2021, B&F
Replies: 81
Views: 28787

Re: 1980 Horizontal, DATE TBC, B&F

flash_uk wrote:
21:36 Sun 13 Jun 2021
I have also unearthed Fonseca, as well as Gould Campbell.
Good news, since it seems that since my original post, I accidentally drank my F80 (I thought it was one of my F83s, but only found out on the cork once decanting...). Adoption please, if I make it off the reserve list!
by PhilW
10:02 Sat 05 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 30
Views: 7905

Re: RE: Re: Made from Port packaging


Alex Bridgeman wrote:The picture below is of a Fonseca 1966 case.
F66box_small.jpg
That's really nicely done.

by PhilW
09:57 Sat 05 Jun 2021
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: Thursday 3rd June - back at the Boot & Flogger!

But... where's the port?!
by PhilW
09:08 Fri 28 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Churchill
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: 1985 Churchill

Sounds like a very poor bottle of Ch85. At one stage it was suggested that there might have been two bottlings, one better than the other, but having had quite a lot of these I think there is simply some variation, though most I've had have been very enjoyable. For a while this was one of the bottle...
by PhilW
08:15 Fri 28 May 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Warres vintage 1962
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: Warres vintage 1962

PM sent.
by PhilW
10:09 Thu 27 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting
Replies: 32
Views: 1680

Re: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting

A most enjoyable and excellent evening, huge thanks to Harry for making it happen. It was such a treat to have 6 excellent and different ports in front of me again, I have really missed this :tpf: Absolutely; the samples were in excellent condition with only one (G75) showing more acidity than expe...
by PhilW
21:32 Wed 26 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2011 Horizontal - London, Sunday 23rd April 2051
Replies: 165
Views: 108514

Re: 2011 Horizontal - London, Sunday 23rd April 2051

Julian, not wishing to sart an argument with you regarding non attendance of offspring but you're being a bit hasty. Wouldn't it be good idea to have someone to catch the dribbles and generally keep an eye on us (medical training not obligatory but a definite plus)? I'm also a bit worried about tho...
by PhilW
08:47 Mon 24 May 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1977 Graham's Vintage Port for Sale
Replies: 14
Views: 968

Re: 1977 Graham's Vintage Port for Sale

I'm guessing the window is pretty long for these? Any advice is very welcome! I'm very new to this :) If you're considering keeping them, then definitely do - provided you can store them well. Am in full agreement with Alex's detailed advice, and would just highlight that storage is absolutely the ...
by PhilW
21:20 Sun 23 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting
Replies: 32
Views: 1680

Re: Wednesday 26 May 2021 – A Virtual Blind Tasting

Crazy? Possibly, but only in a very good way.
Port drinking involved? Check.
Possibility to drink something delicious? Check.
Opportunity to embarrass myself with wildly inaccurate guessing? Check.
Would I like to be involved? Absolutely!
(Will PM my address for posting please)
by PhilW
08:28 Tue 18 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: 1980 Fonseca

Corrected the above; I meant to say it was like a cross between "an F83 and (older) F85" rather than "F85 and (older) F85". It was indeed definitely F80, both from cork and from capsule; the label had disintegrated, and it was with other bottles of F83 hence my mistake, but I went back and checked t...
by PhilW
22:55 Mon 17 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 513

1980 Fonseca

Drinking a lovely Fonseca 1980 this evening; surprising since it was supposed to be an F83, but the label had disintegrated and the cork clearly shows F80. Classic Fonseca nose and flavours, this wine feels like a cross between an F83 and (older) F85, with firm yet dusky red cherries and a hint of s...
by PhilW
11:49 Mon 17 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A newbie question on provenance
Replies: 13
Views: 1265

Re: A newbie question on provenance

Hi Sean, and welcome to TPF. In terms of trying to obtain impeccable provenance and minimise risk, I would suggest that your best bet would be to buy from a high-reputation retailer, and to ensure that the case you buy is in-bond, so you're essentially guaranteed that the case has been in well clima...
by PhilW
10:42 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1751
Views: 453151

Re: Latest buy

n.b. While the above suggests that the level could well be higher (from a risk perspective), and I agree that aesthetically that would be more pleasing, I don't think you can fairly call it a "poor fill" unless the volume of liquid supplied is less than specified.
by PhilW
10:36 Fri 14 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1751
Views: 453151

Re: Latest buy

Before you toss anyone under the bus, there's a legitimate reason. Port, being roughly 20% ABV, requires about a 1/3 more headspace for expansion than does a still wine at, say, 12% ABV. Very large bottles like that can also have some slight internal variations. So they are filled by actual liquid ...
by PhilW
20:58 Thu 13 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Graham colheita
Replies: 3
Views: 1908

Re: 1963 Graham colheita

I loved the complexity of this; I had the '63, '74 and '94 roughly equal initially; the '74 more intense, the '63 beautifully well balanced and complex, and the '94 similar but much younger currently; all very good in different ways. Later I had the '74 over the '63.
by PhilW
20:54 Thu 13 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Graham colheita
Replies: 2
Views: 1355

Re: 1994 Graham colheita

Agree, it's beautiful. Needs another 10yrs, but then...
by PhilW
09:39 Thu 13 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: Vesuvio 1992
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Re: Vesuvio 1992

I love this port. Might be my favourite modern port for current drinking. I agree - it's a fantastic Port. It might be my 2nd favorite Vesuvio behind only the 1994. And they're usually pretty inexpensive when you can find them. Less impressed here (to date). '94 top, then '97 for me, both regularly...
by PhilW
14:26 Wed 12 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021
Replies: 29
Views: 6171

Re: RE: Re: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021

Oscar, would you suggest this is necessary for this blending or are you referring to blending in general? I can either cellar cool or fridge cool the components, whichever is preferable for the session. I suspect Oscar was referring to the lower temperature for the actual blending of large quantiti...
by PhilW
14:46 Tue 11 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021
Replies: 29
Views: 6171

Re: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021

The new fridge is complicated. That sounds like something I'd expect my parents to say, not something I ever expected to hear from Julian - I dread to think what features and level of complexity the fridge must be capable of. Perhaps it's an iFridge, only allowing you to place approved items within...
by PhilW
18:42 Sun 09 May 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021
Replies: 29
Views: 6171

Re: RE: Re: Quevedo, Blend Your Own 20-Year Old Tawny, Thu 13 May 2021

Thank you for the placemats. I shall print and use one. There should be one in the rectangular box in which the samples came. Worth repeating - I only discovered the placemat in my second pack of Graham's SHT tasting having missed it in the first as it was so well tucked round in the bottom that it...