1960 Dow

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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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1960 Dow Vintage Port

Post by JacobH » 10:27 Fri 22 May 2009

Consumed on 20 May 2009 at The Crusted Pipe in a "bring a bottle to share" and 2007 Horizontal offline.

Completely oxidised; although this was once a Vintage Port, I think it would have easily passed muster as a Colheita. A very nice tawny colour, with a bit of fire. Perfectly drinkable for what it was (another example of the infinate robustness of Port).

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Fonseca 1963
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Re: 1960 Dow Vintage Port

Post by AHB » 00:42 Sun 24 May 2009

A bottle bought from Sothebys and in poor condition, being ullaged 2-3 cm below low shoulder. Pale brown in colour with a hint of red to the browniness. The nose is horribly medicinal and not attractive but does have some sweet red fruit to it. Sweet in the mouth with lots of spice and red licorice - very pleasant and much better than the nose would lead you to expect. Warm and tingling on the aftertaste with some heat on the cheeks but a lovely redcurrant jelly flavour. Would be excellent if the nose had not been so weak. Sadly, there were too many harsh notes for merit a higher score, but I would like to try one of these from a bottle in good condition. I guessed this to be a Warre 1970 since Tom had said the the bottle was very badly ullaged. 85/100.
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Re: 1960 Dow Vintage Port

Post by benread » 09:50 Wed 27 May 2009

I was very intrigued by this because it is the port my Grandfather laid down for me. I have 1 bottle left, earmarked for my 40th birthday next year. I noted the colour to be a clear medium red, but immediately evident it was oxidised from the smell. As Jacob says, with time it was enjoyable for what it was.
Vintage 1970!

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