1985 Dow

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1985 Dow

Post by AHB » 20:19 Mon 02 Jun 2014

Bought from Victoria Wine, acquired by me in 2005. Burnished red, 50% opaque - very nice appearance. Distinct VA on the nose, enough to be offputting but can still make out some fruit. The VA is apparent on the palate, but there is some distinct red cherry fruit and considerable sweetness. The ghost of the tannins remain to provide some support; overall this has nice balance. The VA also mars the aftertaste and adds a sharpness to the start of the finish, but the warm brandy glow soon replaces the sharpness. If this hadn't had the VA problem it would have been a delightful port. As it is, it is still quite enjoyable. 83/100. Drunk 01-Jun-14. Tasting note taken after 24 hour decant, but not substantially different after a 1 hour decant.
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