1980 Dow

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Cockburn 1900
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1980 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: 1980 Dow

Post by angeleyes » 11:28 Thu 09 Sep 2010

From memory (left the tasting notes at the table again): The most youthful looking, dark red and opaque. Rich in fruit but seemed to be disjointed somehow. Nevertheless, very good and I wouldn't refuse if offered it.

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Martinez 1985
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Re: 1980 Dow

Post by benread » 18:36 Thu 09 Sep 2010

This was my wine of the night. I like my port thick and chewy like this, with lots of fruit and leaving you feeling like your teeth must be purple at the first swig! I also agree with many that it is very likely to have some upside to it over many years to come. Sounds like a good reason to get some!
Vintage 1970!

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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1980 Dow

Post by JacobH » 21:17 Sat 11 Sep 2010

Fabulous wine; incredibly dark for its age and will only get better...

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Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Re: 1980 Dow

Post by AHB » 22:46 Tue 14 Sep 2010

Ptch black and opaque. Much darker than any other port in the Dow offline. Closed on the nose, showing nothing more than some faint blackcurrants. Ripe, sweet fruit on the palate. Full of deep, dark fruit; immensely impressive, with the dark tannins still prominent. Promising much for the future. The development of flavour on the palate and the complexity of this wine is a joy. A cheek drying aftertaste with dark bitter cherries dominating a long, long finish. Still a stunning and huge wine that will be a legend in another couple of generations. 92/100. Drunk 7 September 2010.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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