I opened a Dow 1985 that came to me as a share of a recent lot. It was the very leaky one, with a heavily stained label, selo, and a mid-shoulder fill.
Opened, mind you, and not uncorked, for there was no cork. Beneath the capsule and the intact and soggy selo, there was an open bottle with sediment to the top of the neck. I decanted the wine and there was plenty of sediment of normal texture, but NO CORK. I found the port a reasonable red albeit light color, very clear, with a little bit of bricking. The nose is not bad after the bottlestink blew off, but the taste is weak, celeried, and a bit off. It's simply not very enjoyable. I am hoping it will improve in the decanter, but here is the question...
The wine has aged against the capsule for 27 years. The capsule material is somewhat weighty -- tin? lead? Is this a risk and should I drink any more of it? When did Dow stop having lead in its capsules?
Port wine should perhaps be added -- A Trollope