1977 Dow

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Cockburn 1900
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1977 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 10:43 Mon 06 Sep 2010

Part of a vertical of Dow, and two bottles of Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, on Tuesday 7th September 2010, at The Crusting Pipe. Links:

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Quinta do Noval LBV
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by angeleyes » 11:26 Thu 09 Sep 2010

From memory (left the tasting notes at the table again): Corked, but lightly so - but nevertheless took away what might have been. Would make an excellent ingredient to onion gravy or port and cherry jam sauce.

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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by JacobH » 18:23 Sat 11 Sep 2010

My tasting notes for the Dow 1977 read as follows:
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. (Drunk: TPF offline 20v2009.)
Weak bottle. (Drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010.)
Dark and complex with good fruit. Unfortunately slightly corked. (Drunk: TCP 20iv2010.)
Corked, again. (Drunk: Dow Tasting, 7ix2010)
There is obviously something very wrong with this wine. My failure rate is now, I believe, 4 out of 5 which makes drinking this Port a little too expensive for my taste, if one has to work through most of a case to find a good bottle!

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Fonseca 1966
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by DRT » 18:28 Sat 11 Sep 2010

I have a similar experience with this wine, which is very disheartening because when it is good it is very, very good. Seems to be a similar situation to Cockburn 1983 :roll: :cry:
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Fonseca 1963
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Re: 1977 Dow

Post by AHB » 22:45 Tue 14 Sep 2010

Deep in colour, slightly darker than the 1972 shown alongside. Perhaps slightly corked nose, certainly very flat; others seemed to notice TCA more than me. Sweet initial impact, little fruit and mostly just flavours are just bland jelly-bean sweetness. Faint tannins and good levels of acidity. A hot aftertaste, which disappears quickly, perhaps with a slight hint of cardboard at the end of the finish. The lack of impact from this wine does imply that it is corked. 85/100. Drunk 7 September 2010.
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