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1983 Dow: as with the Dow 1985, the Dow 1983 is slightly translucent, though an edge darker than the younger sibling. Nosing, eccentrically for me, of cherries and then passionfruit. With time the passionfruit increasing. Initially sift, then heat and pepper from mid-palate until the end. At peak. Lovely, and strangely better than the 1985.
1983 Dow: I preferred this to the 85 Dow. The color was a nice clear mid-tone red. I found it to be more fragrant than the 85, vaguely reminiscent of apple cider vinegar (but in a good way) with a slight woodiness to it. On the palate, milk chocolate and cherries, fairly dry and smooth, although slightly flat on the finish. Very good, easy drinking.