Thu 17th January - The Dow Magnum Vertical

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Thu 17th January - The Dow Magnum Vertical

Post by AHB » 09:37 Fri 25 Jan 2013

On Thursday 17th January, 13 people gathered around the table in the private room at The Bunghole with 6 magnums of Dow vintage port to share. There was a magnum from each of the vintages of 1994, 1985, 1980, 1977, 1970 and 1963.

It was a relaxed and informal event, with some racing through the line-up and finishing the tasting quickly before dinner and others (OK, I admit, it was me) having to finish the tasting after dinner. Also after dinner there were a handful of extra bottles, these bring a magnum of Warre 1985, a Smith Woodhouse 1986 LBV (served blind), a couple of experimental ports and an Offley Boa Vista 2000.

The Smith Woodhouse was served blind and everyone asked to guess what they thought it was. Guesses were quite varied, being:
Cockburn 1963
Cockburn 1970
Dow 1963
Dow 1966
Dow Bomfim 1968
Dow 1983
Martinez 1967
Sandeman 1967
Sandeman 1982
Unknown 1966
Given the company this port was served in, I thought it showed very well and none of the guesses seemed to indicate that people failed to enjoy this port. A good showing for a bottle matured LBV with some decent time in the bottle.

As is usual, the Bung Hole (Davy's Holborn Bar and Grill) looked after us well, with excellent food and good service. No doubt we will be back soon.

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(PS - Magnus, I have your tasting notes. Let me know if you would like me to scan them and email them to you.)
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Re: Thu 17th January - The Dow Magnum Vertical

Post by PopulusTremula » 11:01 Fri 25 Jan 2013

Alex,

Thanks for organising the event and thanks also to those who brought mystery bottles, it was a brilliant evening. If you can find the time/effort required to scan and email, it would be greatly appreciated. I have PM'd you my email address and I will make a stab at posting the notes somewhat coherently.

(edited to remove my email address to prevent spam-bots from scraping this)

/Magnus

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Re: Thu 17th January - The Dow Magnum Vertical

Post by AHB » 10:39 Tue 29 Jan 2013

I've now found the wine of the night score sheet. There were no votes for wines other than the Dow magnums. In reverse vintage order, points were awarded to the Dow magnums as follows:
Dow 1994 - 2½ points
Dow 1985 - 5 points
Dow 1980 - 11 points
Dow 1977 - 0 points
Dow 1970 - 35½ points
Dow 1963 - 24 points
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Re: Thu 17th January - The Dow Magnum Vertical

Post by DRT » 22:50 Tue 29 Jan 2013

This was a splendid evening. I can honestly say that I have never before tasted from so many magnums in one evening.

The Dow's vintages showed very well, the 70 being simply delicious.

Thanks to AHB for organising, at to the vendor for allowing us to buy a magnum tasting in a box 88)
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Re: Thu 17th January - The Dow Magnum Vertical

Post by RAYC » 00:46 Wed 30 Jan 2013

This was a great tasting - many thanks to AHB for organising

In terms of the Dow Ports

- The 63 and 70 magnums were very fine indeed - but for the 70 in particular, certainly not showing "younger" than their English-bottled 75cl counterparts.

- For me, the surprise of the evening from the Dow line-up was the 85 - drinking very well and in a really good place right now. Very moreish. Again, if anything this seemed advanced compared to 75cl bottles i have had over the last couple of years

- The particular Dow 80 magnum on show that evening seemed atypical to me - not the dark monster you usually see. For the moment, at least, (and after what must have been 6-8 bottles over the last 24 months) i'm still waiting to see what all the fuss is about with this port (although i have, of course, "stocked up" just in case i am wrong!)

- Unfortunately the problems of 77 Dow seem to extend beyond the 75cl bottles - i think the bottle at the Danish dow magnum tasting was also slightly compromised

- 94s just aren't to my taste at the moment (at least when drunk alongside port of proper maturity!). Something in the nose - that seems to me to be common across 94s at this stage even with extended decants - just doesn't do it for me.

In terms of the other ports

- Cynthia's contributions were fascinating and scarcely believable. Which is not to take away from the fact that they made for fantastic drinking

- Warre 85 from magnum will benefit from more years in the cellar

- SW appear to have made better LBV from the late 80s and 90s than VP! (albeit i'm sure in 20-30 years we'll all realise that vast majority of bottles of SW 85/91/92/94 VP were broached at a criminally young stage and should just have been left alone...)

- Quevedo's 40yr really is quite something. I enjoyed this a lot!
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Re: Thu 17th January - The Dow Magnum Vertical

Post by Andy Velebil » 03:14 Wed 30 Jan 2013

Hopefully I will be getting some TN's written up this weekend. So for now, thank you all for showing this Yank a great evening. Had a blast and was even better to see some faces and share some Port with those I rarely get to see. And of course meet some new ones as well!

JDAW, hopefully we didn't scare off your brother-in-law. :lol:

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