- Review of the evening as a whole;
- Dow 1958;
- Dow 1963;
- Dow 1966;
- Dow 1970;
- Dow 1972;
- Dow 1977;
- Dow 1980;
- Dow 1983;
- Dow 1985;
- Dow 1991;
- Sandeman 1982 (a late addition, replacing a Dow 1994, a Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2006, and a Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2008);
- Planning and arrangements.
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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:
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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My tasting notes for the Dow 1977 read as follows:
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!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)
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
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
Ernest H. Cockburn
Ernest H. Cockburn
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.