1985 Dow

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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flash_uk
Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
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1985 Dow

Post by flash_uk » 20:31 Thu 02 Mar 2017

We gathered to see how the ports of five major houses from the early 80s were faring.

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flash_uk
Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by flash_uk » 23:03 Fri 10 Mar 2017

65% opacity, warm red. Red fruits on the nose. Sweetness, dry, tannic. Ripe red fruit.very nice!

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Fonseca 1963
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by AHB » 21:58 Sun 16 Apr 2017

Deep red colour, very slightly cloudy so the opacity was difficult to judge. Little showed on the nose but the port had a nice balance on entry with dry fruit that managed to be both flavoursome and floral. The lovely floral tones show well on the late palate and combine with delicious young red fruit salad. Rather lively aftertaste with black wine gums before a licorice root finish. Overall this port has a very fine late palate and a great finish but is disappointing on the nose. 88/100.
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Cockburn 1900
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 00:47 Tue 13 Aug 2019

D85. Red-purple, 50% opaque. Nose of black Maynard’s wine gums. Palate sweet and rich, with Bassett’s black jelly babies.

Typing this some 2⅓ years after the event, I like the TN. No idea how nonsensically pretentious — other to judge — but I like.

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