1985 Dow

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Cockburn 1900
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1985 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 23:36 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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Dow 1980
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by flash_uk » 18:01 Wed 20 Apr 2016

Decanted 27 hours in advance at 1500 on Wednesday. Looks and smells very fine. Surprisingly long cork which came out neatly in one go.

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Dow 1980
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by flash_uk » 13:22 Wed 27 Apr 2016

40% opacity, brown-red, cloudy. Muted nose. Lacking some structure. Sweetness and some heat but no backbone. Watery finish. Not the best bottle it must be said. VA affected? I have to hope the remaining 11 from the case are better than this :|

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Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Re: 1985 Dow

Post by AHB » 22:27 Tue 24 May 2016

Brick red, slightly cloudy, 60% opaque. Reluctant nose revealing only a little fruit. Some redcurrants and rather light at first before a big mid-palate with a touch of dry tannins. Medium in weight and texture. The aftertaste is of warm cream and raspberries in both texture and flavour with the raspberries going on to dominate the finish. 89/100.
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