1980 Dow

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jdaw1
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1980 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 23:33 Mon 18 Apr 2016

On Thursday 21st April 2016, the night before The Big Fortified Tasting, at the Boot & Flogger, we met for a double-vertical, Dow versus Graham.

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Re: 1980 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 09:17 Thu 21 Apr 2016

[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=99339#p99339]Here[/url] AHB wrote:Dow 1980 and Graham 1963 both decanted at 05.30 today.

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Re: 1980 Dow

Post by flash_uk » 12:59 Wed 27 Apr 2016

80% opacity, deep deep red. Muted nose, dark fruits. Deep fruit on the palate, to a finish of big dry tannin. Alcohol also to the fore. All the ingredients are there, bit unintegrated right now perhaps. Suspect though that this will come together into a stunning port in the next 5-10 years. I will be buying.

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Re: 1980 Dow

Post by AHB » 22:25 Tue 24 May 2016

An incredible dark red colour, 95% opaque. Masses of dust on the nose, mixed with candied black cherries. Sweet backcurrant candy on entry bringing a mass of dusty tannins on the dry blackcurrant and caramel mid-palate. A very dry palate lacking a little complexity but with an amazing power and youth still. Dry on the aftertaste with lots of black cherry and cocoa powder. A fabulous length to this youthful port. 94/100.
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