1963 Dow

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1963 Dow vintage port

Post by AHB » 10:53 Mon 07 Jul 2008

Opened at short notice to cheer myself up after a VA contaminated Warre 1966. A top-shoulder fill from a bottle clearly kept in a damp cellar. The cork showed sign of leakage when the capsule had been removed. Decanted cleanly although only stood upright for an hour. Pale rose in colour on decanting but with a clean and attractive nose of black cherry pie. A quick sip on decanting revealed a lovely wine which was drinking very nicely right from the decanter. The following note was taken 12 hours after decanting.

Deep red in colour, looking like a heavyweight port. No browning but a slight chestnut hinge to the redness of the port. The nose is fabulous, just tilting the glass to inspect the colour releases this wonderful aroma of meat juices and black fruits. Sticking a nose in the glass also brings out a streak of fresh ground back pepper. Thick texture in the mouth and lovely depth of fruit with some very interesting spiciness. There are tannins, but they restrain themselves to a supporting role and are dominated by the huge amounts of fruit. The fruit is turning secondary, with dried cherries and molasses and morphs through several phases in the mouth. The aftertaste is huge and lasts at least two minutes, bringing a wonderful spiciness that lingers and caresses. This is a truly fine wine. 94/100. Drunk 4 July 2008.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Post by AHB » 08:20 Tue 08 Jul 2008

Some pictures of the Dow:
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I also tried a picture of the cork, but it just proved to be too fuzzy to be worth linking here.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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