1983 Dow

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1983 Dow vintage port

Post by AHB » 08:30 Thu 17 Apr 2008

An emergency decant when the decanter emptied prematurely and out of the half bottle that I had promised Derek I would keep for the 750 vs 375 tasting that he wants to organise :oops:

The last of the half bottles bought from Sainsbury in spring 2005. Very pale in colour and surprisingly little sediment came out of the bottle into the unbleached filter paper - most sediment remained in the bottle, despite this being an emergency decant. Straight out of the bottle, this was a very pale colour and stank of burnt rubber. Depressingly tainted by bottle stink. However, a few sips showed that this was still a lovely port under that smell.

After 24 hours in the decanter, the colour was still pale but had put on weight to become a glowing mahogany red-brown. The nose was much improved with no sign of the bottle stink, but a high toned spiritiness over a raspberry creme brulee. Restrained in the mouth, a touch of stewiness left over from the bottle stink, lots of raspberry and sweet cranberry in the mid-palate over a nice pine-sap flavoured tannic structure and lots of acidity. Delicious aftertaste, glowing from the heat but with lovely rose hips on the long length.

Overall, this is not a bad wine, but is not a blockbuster - pleasant enough and good as an emergency decant choice. 4/4 or 89/100. Drunk 16 April 2008.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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