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by RonnieRoots
11:15 Sat 14 Jun 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Raiding Ronnie's cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: Raiding Ronnie's cellar

There was a proper discussion of elderberry, its use and effects. That was more than fleetingly interrupted by planning the burglary of Ronnie’s cellar. Come on chaps, there is a difference. Which was only a very legitimate attempt of Derek to obtain what is difficult to get to since I moved to the...
by RonnieRoots
09:51 Sat 14 Jun 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Raiding Ronnie's cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: The colour of old Martinez

They are protected by a wall of Royal Oporto 1985 that you'd have to drink first. You will never make it. You will have left a way into the treasures, a trapdoor, a sliding panel. Derek knows your methods... The Force , young Padawan, irresistible will it be. RO85 is no obstacle, it is good for was...
by RonnieRoots
20:23 Fri 13 Jun 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Raiding Ronnie's cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Raiding Ronnie's cellar

This thread spawned from here . DRT. The above mentioned FG76. I have plenty bottles of it and am happy to share one if I'm ever in London again. That is very cruel given that you just moved to New Zealand :x Or, some of us could pop over to Amsterdam and taste it for you? :wink: Case tasting of FG...
by RonnieRoots
22:16 Wed 11 Jun 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The colour of old Martinez
Replies: 49
Views: 4349

Re: The colour of old Martinez

A number of us were told it drops color very quickly some years after being added to Port and turns a brownish color. It also gives it a weird taste as can be sampled in the 1976 Fonseca Guimaraens Those two sentences contradict one another. FG76 is as black as coal (with a brownish tinge). I would...
by RonnieRoots
22:33 Thu 29 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Nacional 1991 - no notes, fellas?!
Replies: 6
Views: 1352

Re: Nacional 1991 - no notes, fellas?!

I haven't tasted the Nacional but I did taste all the other 1991 Noval bottlings, including the Quinta Roriz. Without an exception, they've all been incredibly weak, and this was 6-10 years ago. If I wanted to spend $400 on port, I'd spend it on something else.
by RonnieRoots
22:35 Thu 15 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is it me, or does someone need to say something..?
Replies: 8
Views: 1564

Re: Is it me, or does someone need to say something..?

The tone and content have become less educational and more promotional, alas. But surely this is purely educational! Charles explains that Six Grapes is so special that you only very rarely come across a wine of sufficient quality to make it. If you go looking for Six Grapes, you won’t find it: it ...
by RonnieRoots
00:13 Thu 15 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port
Replies: 59
Views: 9458

Re: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port

I suppose this is what they will be launching. Yet another ultra-premium bottling for trophy hunters.
by RonnieRoots
10:16 Mon 24 Mar 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Niepoort LBV vertical
Replies: 42
Views: 6335

Re: Niepoort LBV vertical

I have Ni 95, 96, 98, 01, 07 as well as a 97 Passadouro LBV.
Would be happy to share, but it will be a long term project, as it may well be only next year that we will be in the area again.
by RonnieRoots
07:39 Thu 06 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Niepoort
Replies: 7
Views: 2542

Re: 1994 Niepoort

Oh dear. I have 3 bottles of this. Any takers? :wink: :roll:
by RonnieRoots
08:55 Wed 26 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fair price for 1933 niepoort?
Replies: 24
Views: 3953

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: 16174

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: 1810

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: 1810

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: 1927

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: 5066

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: 2129

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: 1544

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: 1660

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: 1561

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: 1903

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: 1895

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: 1927

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: 2139

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: 11090

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: 11090

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: