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Community Tasting Notes (69) Avg Score: 90.8 points

  • Lighter in color than expected. Some dark berries on the nose. Short middle with decent complexity and length. Felt like a tawny. It opened up more the following days with marzipan and almonds on the nose and gaining complexity in both the mid and length. Slight burn in the end.

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  • From a 375. A little spirity when first opened, double decanted and recorked about 10 hours before drinking, and to my dismay it had lost some of the richness and fruit evident upon opening. Only moderately sweet in the Dow's style.

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  • Brick/garnet to pink to clear. Serious nose that is deeply fruited with a strong licorice and vanilla note. Medium bodied with good intensity - there is some caramel but the fruit is at the forefront. Perfectly mature, this is a very satisfying and balanced port that ventures neither to the exotic or stern. Delicious. (92)

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  • cork totally disintegrated, lots of fine sediment, need to stop decanting on the safe side, fine ruby colour with tawny rim, nose a little on the shy side but with coaxing very fine, elegant fruit, palate also elegant, fine, restrained style, with lovely balance, delicate finish with little alcohol burn, not super long, overall I think at its peak, will hold but little to gain, elegance and finesse rather than power

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  • from 375ml
    Clear ruby out of the bottle with tons of sediment left behind. Cork fell apart when extracting.
    Showed lots of secondary nuttiness, Fruit was pretty much gone with secondary flavors taking over. A little heat on the finish.
    No reason to sit on these. Drink up the smaller bottles at least.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18 points

    (Dow's Vintage Port) Quite a dark hue to this wine, with dense, chewy fruits on the nose. Rich and structured on the palate, which is reserved rather than lush or open. A huge core of tannin, especially on the finish. Sweet and dense fruit, and lovely extract. This is mouthfilling and savoury. Good length. Drinking well now despite that tannin, but will benefit from another 5-10 years in the cellar.

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