1983 Dow

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1983 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 13:56 Sun 06 Oct 2013

We gathered in the Bung Hole on Wednesday 2nd October 2013, mostly because AHB was in town.

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Re: 1983 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 14:10 Sun 06 Oct 2013

D83, 30% opaque, red. Nose foul. And the same foulness present in the taste. Others claimed to see beauty behind the ugliness, but that doesn’t work for me.

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Re: 1983 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 14:56 Sun 06 Oct 2013

Four samples bottles were sent to Derbyshire.
[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=61721#p61721]Here[/url] DRT wrote:My notes of the four samples:

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Bottle marked "D83":
Similar opacity to "G63" but more red. Lots of VA on the nose. Thick mouthful of horribleness. A flawed wine or a flawed bottle. Yuck!

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Re: 1983 Dow

Post by John M » 15:34 Mon 07 Oct 2013

That's a shame. I had a bottle of this this weekend and it showed quite well.

From a 1/2 bottle purchased at Wine Bid--decanted 8 hours. Blood red with a burnt orange meniscus. The nose offered pepper and stewed rhubarb. Crisp and light, picked up traces of white pepper, and a good finish with grapefruit under tones. Seemed delicate with nice layers. Just a hint of red fruits mid palate. Seems to be in a good place age wise (of course, this is a half bottle).

Tied for WOTN with the 1963 Dows (1985 Dows clearly 4th)--3rd was a 2007 Quinta do Crasto. Across the board all of these showed very well--a simple blessing when they all do.

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Re: 1983 Dow

Post by TLW » 05:53 Thu 10 Oct 2013

Bottle stink that was hard to get past, although I recall drinking most of it by the end of the evening.

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Re: 1983 Dow

Post by AHB » 23:10 Tue 05 Nov 2013

Mid red, pale rim; 30% opaque. Rubber on the nose, rather smelly. Smooth entry with a soft texture, then coffee and a bit of burnt rubber on the palate giving a smokey impression with some fragrance coming through on the later palate. A bit of heat then a charcoal tone and a lingering birch sap finish of good length. Not showing as well as would be expected. 84/100. Drunk 02-Oct-13. Decanted 12 hours.
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Re: 1983 Dow

Post by AHB » 23:23 Tue 05 Nov 2013

Here
John M wrote:I had a bottle of this this weekend and it showed quite well.

From a 1/2 bottle purchased at Wine Bid--decanted 8 hours. Blood red with a burnt orange meniscus. The nose offered pepper and stewed rhubarb. Crisp and light, picked up traces of white pepper, and a good finish with grapefruit under tones. Seemed delicate with nice layers. Just a hint of red fruits mid palate. Seems to be in a good place age wise (of course, this is a half bottle).

Tied for WOTN with the 1963 Dows (1985 Dows clearly 4th)--3rd was a 2007 Quinta do Crasto. Across the board all of these showed very well--a simple blessing when they all do.

94 points
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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