1977 Dow

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1977 Dow vintage port

Post by uncle tom » 17:37 Sat 10 Nov 2007

The first bottle from an owc bought last June - this bottle selected for being the runt of the litter - a VTS level while all the others were IN - yet no signs of seepage.

Decanted half an hour ago - very dark for it's age, fair amount of soupy sediment.

First sip: Little bit of fire - typical dry Dow signature - hints of cherries perhaps - liquorice?

Very promising, but rather at odds with the previous TN's on this site.

More anon..

Tom
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Post by uncle tom » 01:39 Sun 11 Nov 2007

8 hours on..

The rather cold, dour, Dow signature is very much in evidence - but the fire is unabated..

If the fire would go away, this could be a gem...

Tom
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Post by Michael M. » 15:05 Sun 11 Nov 2007

Found this document today- from 2004. http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/winenews1016

Dow 1977 is also mentioned. Perhaps someone could be interested.
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Post by uncle tom » 00:20 Mon 12 Nov 2007

33 hours on..

Poured a liberal glass and took a quick sniff - from cold and dour this is now giving me a classic bouquet...

.. on the palate, the fire is almost gone and the wine is fully integrated - a very good tipple...

To score;

Looking at the other tasting notes on this site, and other reportage on the 77's, I'm going to hazard a guess that this case has enjoyed much cooler storage than most - the wine is very dark - much more so than in Julian's photos.

This may well be the '77 vintage that was raved over a decade ago, before the 'Peter Pan' factor became apparent.

- But I can only score the bottle in question.

For immediate gratification, this is top quartile, but I don't think I can give it a 9 - an 8 though, is an easy call.

Where's it going? Without the benefit of other notes, I would expect a modest decline over the next decade, - but the reports from bottles that may have been less well cellared suggests that the wine is capable of quite rapid deterioration.

Cautiously, therefore, I will score this 8-6

Tom
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Post by Overtired and emotional » 23:52 Thu 22 Nov 2007

Most reviews of this wine I have seen have been negative, complaining of a vegetal quality. I always suspected it was a case of tasting a wine which had decanted too short a time.

My off tastings have been very favourable, and all when the wine has had time to open up. Another argument for being patient.
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