1977 Dow

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1977 Dow

Post by DRT » 12:15 Sun 23 Nov 2008

Tasted at this offline on 20th Nov 2008.


[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2243&p=20100#p20100]Here[/url] AHB wrote:Dow 1977 - even after a 15 hour decant, this was still too disjointed to be showing at its best. I guessed this to be a Dow 1970, so I'm not too ashamed of that one. This will be a great port but needs another 5-10 years to be worth taking one out of the cellar.
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by DRT » 12:16 Sun 23 Nov 2008

I think I was already tired and emotional when I wrote: "Fresh herbs, smooth, syrupy, effin' gorgeous"
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by AHB » 20:35 Sun 23 Nov 2008

Derek kindly gave me a little snifter of this to take home with me, whereupon it was put in storage and forgotten about until today. Tasted about 3 days after decanting, this was splendid. The nose had opened up to show lots of sweet, ripe plums. Still showing the reserved dryness of a Dow, this is now full of fruit and with a lovely mixture of ripe sweetness yet also with some delicious bitterness - like biting into a ripe plum with a slightly bitter skin. But the highlight of this port is its incredible aftertaste that is a mix of sweet braised plum with bitter chocolate shavings all over the plate and which just goes on and on.

I only have one of these bottles tucked away and this showing tells me that it should remain tucked away for a good few years yet. This was much better today than when poured after "only" 15 hours of decanting. 93/100.
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