Dow 1977 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Dow 1977 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

No notes recorded.

Tasted at: TPF 30+ Initial Offline at Portal

Date: 21st November 2008

Rated*: C


Tasting 2

Notes: Completely oxidised; although this was once a Vintage Port, I think it would have easily passed muster as a Colheita. A very nice tawny colour, with a bit of fire. Perfectly drinkable for what it was.

Tasted at: The Crusting Pipe Offline

Date: 20th May 2009

No rating.


Tasting 3

Notes: Weak bottle.

Tasted at: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo

Date: 11th February 2010

No rating.


Tasting 4

Notes: Dark and complex with good fruit. Unfortunately slightly corked.

Tasted at: The Crusting Pipe Offline

Date: 20th April 2010

No rating.


Tasting 5

Notes: Corked, again.

Tasted at: Dow Tasting

Date: 7th September 2010

No rating.


Tasting 6

Notes: Slightly too dry. Not as good as other 1977s.

Tasted at: Berry Bros

Date: 1st December 2011

Rated*: P+

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.

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