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by RonnieRoots
21:31 Wed 15 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Coravin
Replies: 18
Views: 1532

Re: Coravin

So far, the cost has prevented me from buying a coravin, although I really do like the idea. I did however back the kickstarter campaign of this new device as I think it's quite a cool innovation. Will find out if and how well it works when I get mine in a couple months time.
by RonnieRoots
23:15 Thu 19 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Cockburn
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: 2015 Cockburn

Ah ok, that makes sense.

Growing fond of 1975?? What has become of the world!? :wink:
Would 1967 also be a good comparison? An elegant Cockburn that I always liked a lot.
by RonnieRoots
23:54 Mon 16 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Cockburn
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: 2015 Cockburn

AHB wrote:
09:39 Sun 15 Oct 2017
this will be a gentle and elegant style of port rather than a big and burly wine.
So in that sense very much a classic Cockburn VP?
by RonnieRoots
00:40 Mon 09 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 23
Views: 1115

Re: What do you have most of?

Interesting. I appear to have most of Niepoort 77, followed by Fonseca 03 and Dow 07.
by RonnieRoots
11:58 Fri 04 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 114
Views: 35790

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

Quinta de Vesuvio 2000. Slightly corked, and still - quite noticeably - a beauty underneath. What a pity...
by RonnieRoots
02:47 Fri 02 Jun 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 18 May 2017 - UK Launch of the SFE 2015 vintage ports
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: Thu 18 May 2017 - UK Launch of the SFE 2015 vintage ports

Sounds like 2015-16 will be a perfect debate subject for years to come. That's good, it's been too long... ;-)
by RonnieRoots
09:18 Tue 30 May 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 18 May 2017 - UK Launch of the SFE 2015 vintage ports
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: Thu 18 May 2017 - UK Launch of the SFE 2015 vintage ports

Great notes, thanks for posting. Given your enthusiasm, do you think the shippers are selling themselves short by not declaring fully?
by RonnieRoots
03:47 Tue 30 May 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Best fortified wines?
Replies: 12
Views: 1326

Re: Best fortified wines?

Has anyone tried Banyuls? I visited Collioure, France on a cruise over the last couple of weeks and walked by a producer's shop. I wanted to go inside, but the place was very crowded and we didn't have time to wait around. Coincidentally, after we returned from our trip a friend posted a picture on...
by RonnieRoots
00:14 Sun 02 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What have you got open this weekend?
Replies: 74
Views: 5647

Re: What have you got open this weekend?

1991 Vargellas. It's lovely.
by RonnieRoots
22:56 Thu 30 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1074
Views: 154884

Re: Port for sale by retailer

From a mailing by a 'fine wine specialist' in my inbox this morning: Kopke One of the greatest producers of port since the 17th century. With their wide range of vinyards throughout the Douro, Kopke is one of the largest suppliers of Port wines in the world! Niepoort Niepoort has been founded by a D...
by RonnieRoots
04:05 Tue 28 Mar 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Portuguese cheese
Replies: 5
Views: 546

Re: Portuguese cheese

Another wonderful cheese is azeitao. Ewe's milk as well, maybe even softer, and slightly more delicate tasting.
by RonnieRoots
03:49 Tue 28 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Best fortified wines?
Replies: 12
Views: 1326

Re: Best fortified wines?

Interesting question. There are quite a lot of contenders, but I guess my current preferences would be:

1. Port
2. Sherry
3. Moscatel de Setúbal
by RonnieRoots
03:45 Fri 23 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for laying down - 2010, 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: Port for laying down - 2010, 2013

I have tasted the 2013 Vesuvio and can confirm that it's utterly lovely. It will no doubt be a fine drink in due time.
by RonnieRoots
01:44 Fri 16 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Book or Bottle Holiday Present Suggestion
Replies: 6
Views: 1143

Re: Book or Bottle Holiday Present Suggestion

"Port & the Douro" by Richard Mayson is probably the most recent and certainly one of the most enjoyable and informative books, so a hearty recommendation there. As far as bottles go: it's difficult to give a recommendation if you aren't sure about the style your father likes. But if you give the bo...
by RonnieRoots
21:22 Thu 17 Nov 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV with different bottling years: which is "better"?
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

Re: LBV with different bottling years: which is "better"?

It's not the first time Niepoort has done this, I think it was 2005 that had different bottling dates as well. Probably something to do with demand and limited capacity of the bottling line.
by RonnieRoots
02:36 Mon 17 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1994; Where's the value?
Replies: 14
Views: 1564

Re: 1994; Where's the value?

As your question is about ports for long term cellaring, I wouldn't recommend Martinez. Although it is a lovely port (I was lucky enough to buy a case cheap and drank quite a few over the years), I don't think it has the structure to make really old bones. It's more one to drink now and in the comi...
by RonnieRoots
23:24 Thu 13 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1994; Where's the value?
Replies: 14
Views: 1564

Re: 1994; Where's the value?

Another vote for Dow and Warre - they are both very fine. As your question is about ports for long term cellaring, I wouldn't recommend Martinez. Although it is a lovely port (I was lucky enough to buy a case cheap and drank quite a few over the years), I don't think it has the structure to make rea...
by RonnieRoots
00:26 Fri 16 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 7005

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

But Luis is one of the main reasons why LBV quality has gone up so much over the last few years The Sogrape brand LBVs are astonishing quality and value for money at the moment and are where I recommend starting a port collection to everyone and anyone - relatively cheap but with 2-3 decades of cel...
by RonnieRoots
00:24 Fri 16 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 7005

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

The IVDP created the 'Bottle matured' category for bottle aged LBV in 2002 (I think) but aside from Warre, who's duel offering can easily confuse, there seem to be very few takers for this category, with most unfiltered LBVs being sold straight after bottling. I'm not sure even whether 'bottle matu...
by RonnieRoots
22:54 Wed 14 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Best bargain purchase at auction
Replies: 14
Views: 1601

Re: Best bargain purchase at auction

Monique wrote:10 bottles of 2000 Fonseca vintage port @ €175 (£148)
I asked twice if he was serious. Guess he thought it was the LBV...
Great find! :D
by RonnieRoots
22:50 Wed 14 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 7005

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

I came across a modestly priced offering of the unfortunately named Q. Revolta LBV recently - the blurb didn't say if it was filtered or not, and the image wasn't clear enough to read the small print on the label, but the bottle appeared to have a driven cork. Have only previously come across this ...
by RonnieRoots
22:23 Mon 05 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: O-PORT-UNIDADE Project finished
Replies: 18
Views: 1764

Re: O-PORT-UNIDADE Project finished

Great result, congratulations. And a very enjoyable port too :)
by RonnieRoots
01:19 Sun 04 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Barao de Vilar white colheita
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Re: 1989 Barão de Vilar white colheita

Served blind this was guessed to be the Casa do Douro 1963 white colheita. 88/100. Are you sure it isn't just that? I've been into aged white Ports long before they were the "in" thing they are now. During those years I would always ask producers what old white Ports they had. The answer was almost...
by RonnieRoots
01:16 Sun 04 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Another question about buying port in the U.K.
Replies: 9
Views: 1212

Re: Another question about buying port in the U.K.

I've always found that a major advantage of keeping Duty separate from the price, is that it's immediately clear how much you pay on duty. There is duty on alcohol in the Netherlands too, but it is usually paid by the importers who then integrate it in their wholesale price to retailers. They apply...
by RonnieRoots
02:45 Fri 02 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Barao de Vilar white colheita
Replies: 4
Views: 952

Re: 1989 Barão de Vilar white colheita

AHB wrote:Served blind this was guessed to be the Casa do Douro 1963 white colheita. 88/100.
Are you sure it isn't just that?