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by RonnieRoots
08:55 Wed 26 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fair price for 1933 niepoort?
Replies: 24
Views: 2409

Re: Fair price for 1933 niepoort?

As old Niepoorts are so incredibly rare, there isn't a true market value to them. They basically go for what is asked. As such, I don't think $ 575 is a ridiculous price.
by RonnieRoots
12:30 Wed 29 Jan 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Doty Cup 2014 - The Square 3/21 7pm
Replies: 65
Views: 8367

Re: The Doty Cup 2014

If it's the 6th (or any other day before the 6th in that week) I can be there. Won't be able to attend the 15th unfortunately.
by RonnieRoots
11:14 Mon 20 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Niepoort: Small changes in design and pricing
Replies: 17
Views: 1117

Re: Niepoort: Small changes in design and pricing

Just look at the back label of your Niepoort vintage ports (or the little card attached) and see that over the decades they made the same spelling error. Bonus points for the first one to find out. :wink: You must have different bottles from me, because mine pretty much have an error on every singl...
by RonnieRoots
06:01 Sun 19 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Niepoort: Small changes in design and pricing
Replies: 17
Views: 1117

Re: Niepoort: Small changes in design and pricing

Niepoort, it seems, have also moved the bottling line from Porto to V. N. Gaia. The bottling line always was in VNdG, as Derek said first in the Niepoort lodge (and a tiny bottling line it was!), now with a bit more space in the former Osborne lodge. This change happened a couple of years ago. The ...
by RonnieRoots
06:02 Tue 14 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Kopke Sao Luiz
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: 1970 Kopke Sao Luiz

jdaw1 wrote:
RonnieRoots wrote:that gives the impression of gently being on its way down.
Have you also been over-hasty in drinking your ’27s?
I like my ports on the young side, I have even drunk all my '34s.
by RonnieRoots
12:48 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Wed 08 Jan 2014, Blind, with Ronnie Roots
Replies: 11
Views: 2290

Re: Wed 08 Jan 2014, Blind, with Ronnie Roots

A great evening with old and new friends and a "new guest" that looked suspiciously like JDAW. An incredible mixed bag of ports, which made it a lot of fun to taste. I have mixed feelings about bringing the WOTN and the WWOTN. It's rather worrying that your duff bottle of D70 comes from the same sup...
by RonnieRoots
12:33 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Dow
Replies: 2
Views: 1616

Re: 2011 Dow

Primary and big: aromas of crushed dark cherry and blackberry. Full on the palate, dominated by the same concentrated fruits as on the nose. This comes across as more linear than the F11 shown along side, but the purity and concentration of the fruit is so delicious it is impossible not to love this...
by RonnieRoots
12:27 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Fonseca
Replies: 2
Views: 895

Re: 2011 Fonseca

Tight nose, very floral with extremely dark fruit. Incredibly enjoyable to drink already: floral, black cherry and blackberry, espresso and red chilli on the spicy finish. Tannic? Yes of course, but they are so ripe and well-integrated that the port has a very elegant and well-balanced feel. Impress...
by RonnieRoots
12:22 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Gould Campbell
Replies: 3
Views: 926

Re: 1977 Gould Campbell

Yet another corked GC77. A pity, and such a lovely port underneath...
by RonnieRoots
12:21 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 908

Re: 1985 Taylor

Quite a youthful colour still, of medium intensity. Rather tight on the nose, revealing sweet dark cherries, dark chocolate and floral (violet) aromas. Very flavoursome: plum, fig, dark chocolate, some strawberries. Still youngish with noticeable tannins. Dry and spicy finish. Lovely drinking port t...
by RonnieRoots
12:14 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1958 Warre
Replies: 5
Views: 1052

Re: 1958 Warre

Delicate nose of milk chocolate, marzipan and figs, with flavours of orange marmalade, almonds, hazelnuts and -again- milk chocolate. Tannins are fully resolved, and although it is soft, it still carries enough weight to feel alive. A nice surprise.
by RonnieRoots
12:10 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Delaforce
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

Re: 1994 Delaforce

Young in appearance and taste. A full nose dominated by blackberry and cherry, but slightly dusty (in a dried herb kind of way). Very dense, with flavours of sour cherry, blackcurrant, fig and coffee. Fairly tannic still, but they are ripe and dense. Quite surprisingly, it finishes rather sudden. I ...
by RonnieRoots
12:03 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Kopke Sao Luiz
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: 1970 Kopke Sao Luiz

Very light and slightly dusty nose with some harsh alcohol. Much better on the palate which shows some dried fig, raisin, white chocolate and tea. Some sweet, slightly confected, red fruit as well. Finishes dry with some bitter almonds. A pleasant and light port, that gives the impression of gently ...
by RonnieRoots
11:54 Mon 13 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1960 Croft
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: 1960 Croft

Attractive nose of plum, half dried cherries and dried violets, together with some dark chocolate. On the palate: sweet figs and cherries, plum and a slightly peppery finish. Long finish. Very pleasant and surprisingly good port. It does go flat with prolonged time in the glass however.
by RonnieRoots
15:04 Wed 08 Jan 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: TBH London 8 January
Replies: 27
Views: 5587

Re: TBH London 8 January

Sorry to hear you won't be there Julian, hopefully next time.
I will try to be there between 6-6.30 tonight, if my course finishes on time.
See you all tonight!
by RonnieRoots
10:30 Sat 04 Jan 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: TBH London 8 January
Replies: 27
Views: 5587

Re: TBH London 8 January

Good, 8th it is. Thanks Alex for booking TBH. I have no preference for blind or sighted, both are fine with me.
I will try to find a nice bottle when in London, as I have exactly 1 bottle of Port left here in Oman, and that needs to be drunk together with LadyR. :wink:
by RonnieRoots
19:50 Thu 02 Jan 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: TBH London 8 January
Replies: 27
Views: 5587

Re: London 6-10 January

How about the 8th, would that work for you Julian?
by RonnieRoots
08:35 Tue 31 Dec 2013
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: TBH London 8 January
Replies: 27
Views: 5587

TBH London 8 January

I will be in London again from 6 to 10 January and would love to see old (and new) friends and share a glass. Probably only just a relaxed get together, could even be with some beers and wines. :wink:
Let me know any preferred dates and I'll try to pick a day that works for everyone.
by RonnieRoots
16:47 Sun 22 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Quinta de Roriz
Replies: 1
Views: 498

Re: 1991 Quinta de Roriz

I can assure you that in this case the sommeliere was right. This never was and never will be a very good port, no matter how freshly opened the bottle is.
by RonnieRoots
06:44 Mon 09 Dec 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1089
Views: 174763

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Does anyone have an opinion on Fonseca Guimaraens / Panascal 96? http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/08/y5ujajan.jpg Does anyone have an opinion on them at these prices? At that price, it is difficult to go wrong. Buy a case of both, and enjoy over the mid-term, or if you only want to buy one of the tw...
by RonnieRoots
05:42 Sun 03 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor Single Harvest Tawny 1964
Replies: 72
Views: 8871

Re: Taylor Single Harvest Tawny 1964

In the fullness of time it might prove interesting to note that on this day Wiese & Krohn 1964 Colhieta Branco is available at £49.99 and the 1966 standard Colhieta at £69.99. I suspect the "Taylor" 1964 will be closer to £200. Well that's pertinent for sure.. Is the branding of this an attempt to ...
by RonnieRoots
04:26 Fri 01 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: World faces global wine shortage
Replies: 21
Views: 1225

Re: World faces global wine shortage

LGTrotter wrote:As I suspected (and identified in other posts) zombie facts at work;

http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/ ... y-analysts
This looks more like the situation I found...
by RonnieRoots
12:32 Thu 31 Oct 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: World faces global wine shortage
Replies: 21
Views: 1225

Re: World faces global wine shortage

The world is facing a wine shortage, with global consumer demand already significantly outstripping supply, a report has warned. The research by America's Morgan Stanley financial services giant says demand for wine "exceeded supply by 300m cases in 2012". As it happens, I am currently writing a pa...
by RonnieRoots
10:13 Sun 13 Oct 2013
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1963 Quinquagenary, Wokingham, Fri 11 & Sat 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 41
Views: 9949

Re: 1963 Quinquagenary, Wokingham, Fri 11 & Sat 12 Oct 2013

Happy birthday Alex, good to see you celebrated in style. :)
by RonnieRoots
07:13 Wed 19 Jun 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Helix Cork
Replies: 37
Views: 1297

Re: The Helix Cork

Seems to me that this is Amorim's attempt to compete with screwcap, but in my view that battle is already lost. There is general acceptance of screwcap, even for premium wines, so I think it will be very difficult for the cork industry to win back that lost ground. If they had introduced this produc...