1977 Dow

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JAC
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1977 Dow

Post by JAC » 20:31 Fri 26 Mar 2010

This one's getting off to an inauspicious start. Obvious signs of seepage, and half of the cork ended up in the bottle.

Decanted 14:00. Thin and medicinal. No noticeably unpleasant smells, but a noticeably unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. The color is more amber than red and surprisingly transparent.

D+4: Somewhat better. The bitter aftertaste is giving way to heat.

D+6: The heat's gone, leaving little complexity and a taste of overripe fruit.

Drunk 26 March 2010.
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JAC
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by JAC » 20:10 Sat 27 Mar 2010

Here's the label:
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The cork did not cooperate:
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Seepage?
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Yeah.
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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by AHB » 22:20 Tue 30 Mar 2010

Note to self - minimum of a six hour decant required.
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JAC
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by JAC » 22:25 Fri 02 Apr 2010

I wouldn't argue with the 6 hour decant time, but keep in mind that this bottle showed signs of oxidation (it looked more like Madeira than vintage Port) and probably isn't a good guide on what to expect from a bottle in good condition.

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KillerB
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by KillerB » 00:19 Sat 03 Apr 2010

Patently a bad bottle caused by the seepage, the colour of this is indicative of the cork having failed a long time. You did the right thing to open up, it would have been a crying shame to wait another ten years to find it in an even more deteriorated state. Good to see the next one was in good shape.
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