1985 Dow

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1985 Dow

Post by djewesbury » 13:12 Sun 09 Nov 2014

No extensive note taken as this was drunk at dinner with non-Port drinking friends, and I was more concerned to proselytise to them than to record my own impressions. All the usual elements there in most excellent profusion: the nose of bananas immediately on opening, which became more candied with air. The mouth of light, fresh strawberries, very slightly jellied, beginning to mature wonderfully, and very pleasant, light delicate tannins at the end.

Desired outcome achieved:

"I never liked Port before, this is fantastic. Can I have some more?"

Looking forward to another one of these next weekend with DRT + JCT.

Then we opened a W84 LBV, which showed very favourably indeed alongside; less complex, perhaps, but really extremely good juice.
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by DRT » 13:33 Sun 09 Nov 2014

djewesbury wrote:DRT + JT
= "DRT + JCT".
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Post by djewesbury » 13:37 Sun 09 Nov 2014

DRT wrote:
djewesbury wrote:DRT + JT
= "DRT + JCT".
Thank you. Corrected.
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Post by djewesbury » 15:23 Sun 09 Nov 2014

:shock:
Oh no! Did I open the wrong bottle last night? Now I can't find DRT's D85..!
No matter. I've always wondered what RCV 83 is like. Perfect opportunity to open some.
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Post by DRT » 15:27 Sun 09 Nov 2014

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"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Post by djewesbury » 16:40 Sun 09 Nov 2014

DRT wrote:{not-biting-icon}
Oh good. Glad you're not angry.
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by AHB » 10:18 Mon 10 Nov 2014

djewesbury wrote:Then we opened a W84 LBV, which showed very favourably indeed alongside; less complex, perhaps, but really extremely good juice.
I've sold an awful lot of the mature bottle aged LBVs from Warre and Smith Woodhouse to friends who are recent port converts, but who don't want to spend £40-70 on a bottle of mature VP. Instead they are delighted to pay a little under £20 for a fully mature port that they don't feel guilty to open and enjoy at home after work or to share with friends.

What did your non-Port-loving friends make of the LBV?
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by djewesbury » 10:20 Mon 10 Nov 2014

Enjoyed it very much indeed, and were quite impressed that an LBV could be like this. It really is good isn't it.
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