Tue 15 May 2012, Horizontal of 1970, honouring Ronnie Roots

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Tue 15 May 2012, Horizontal of 1970, honouring Ronnie Roots

Post by jdaw1 » 22:10 Mon 14 May 2012

In honour of the visit of Ronnie Roots, a few regulars gathered in The Bung Hole to sample some 1970 ports.

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Post by AHB » 00:18 Wed 16 May 2012

An absolutely splendid evening with Ronnie giving us the perfect excuse for a terrific line up of port. As always, the company was most enjoyable and the venue most welcoming. And I managed to resist both starter and desert!

But what a fabulous line-up of port! Sandeman, Taylor, Fonseca, Dow, Graham and Warre were all really on form. What a great night.
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Post by RonnieRoots » 23:53 Wed 16 May 2012

It was indeed a very enjoyable evening with some great company and lovely ports. I'll post some notes when I'm back on a device on which it's a bit easier to type (ie not an ipop). Thanks all for putting together a great evening with a stellar lineup of ports!

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Post by AHB » 08:51 Thu 17 May 2012

It's a line-up of ports like this that really brings home what a wonderful drink Port can be if only you have the patience (or the money) to drink 40 year old vintage port. Some of them were superb, and even the weakest showing of the Royal Oporto was not undrinkable.
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Post by JacobH » 13:20 Thu 17 May 2012

AHB wrote:It's a line-up of ports like this that really brings home what a wonderful drink Port can be if only you have the patience (or the money) to drink 40 year old vintage port. Some of them were superb, and even the weakest showing of the Royal Oporto was not undrinkable.
Should we add to this that you should have the patience to wait for a once-in-a-half-Century Vintage to get to 40 years old, too? ;-).

I’m sorry I couldn’t stay for this tasting; it sounded like lots of fun!
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Re: Tue 15 May 2012, Horizontal of 1970, honouring Ronnie Ro

Post by AHB » 20:11 Thu 17 May 2012

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AHB wrote:It's a line-up of ports like this that really brings home what a wonderful drink Port can be if only you have the patience (or the money) to drink 40 year old vintage port. Some of them were superb, and even the weakest showing of the Royal Oporto was not undrinkable.
Should we add to this that you should have the patience to wait for a once-in-a-half-Century Vintage to get to 40 years old, too? ;-).
I think that's a bit harsh! I think the '60s, '63s, '66s and '70s are all drinking really well at the moment. Some of these vintages are already fading (Borges, Royal Oporto) and the '63s are probably fading more generally out of the four - but would you really turn one down?

And I can see some of the '77s starting to drink as well as the '70s did last night. Most '77s are really rather good, in my opinion. Who knows, perhaps in 13 years time the '83s and '85s will be as good as the '66s and '70s are now. Maybe we are doing the vintages from the '80s a disservice by drinking them now and not in 10-20 years.

How will we ever find out? Who can think of a way to test this theory?
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First Graham with 18½; second Fonseca with 17½; third Dow with 7½; fourth Warre with 5½; fifth Taylor with 4½; sixth Sandeman with ½.
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Re: Tue 15 May 2012, Horizontal of 1970, honouring Ronnie Ro

Post by jdaw1 » 22:53 Thu 17 May 2012

Because he so often loses them, I photographed DRT’s tasting notes.

So, who photographed mine?

Whoops: lesson learnt.

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Re: Tue 15 May 2012, Horizontal of 1970, honouring Ronnie Ro

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jdaw1 wrote:Reverse angle:
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I love the colours showing in this shot. Wish I could have been there to taste them!

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Re: Tue 15 May 2012, Horizontal of 1970, honouring Ronnie Ro

Post by JacobH » 21:49 Sat 19 May 2012

AHB wrote:I think that's a bit harsh! I think the '60s, '63s, '66s and '70s are all drinking really well at the moment. Some of these vintages are already fading (Borges, Royal Oporto) and the '63s are probably fading more generally out of the four - but would you really turn one down?
Sorry, it wasn’t supposed to be harsh! The semi-serious point I was trying to make, though, is that ’70 is clearly one of the top vintages of the last 50 years and so the quality of the wine, all the way down to the ‟lesser” or ‟weaker” houses is going to be very high. I don’t think the 1985 Royal Oporto will be up to much in another 15 years, especially compared to the 1970. But then I am more than happy to be proven wrong ;-)

Of course, against this, I do wonder if improved wine-making since the late 1980s will mean that in the future far more Port will be far better. But we shall have to wait and see!
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Post by jdaw1 » 22:38 Sun 10 Feb 2013

Why did I scrawl, at the end of my tasting notes, ‟Barchester Chronicles”? What conversation led to that? Now forgotten, certainly by me, probably by all.

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Re: Tue 15 May 2012, Horizontal of 1970, honouring Ronnie Ro

Post by AHB » 20:36 Mon 11 Feb 2013

jdaw1 wrote:Why did I scrawl, at the end of my tasting notes, ‟Barchester Chronicles”? What conversation led to that? Now forgotten, certainly by me, probably by all.
Perhaps a reference to the "green foil"?
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