Dow 1980 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Dow 1980 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

Notes: Extremely dark colour. Vivid flavours. Excellent. Will keep.

Tasted at: TCP wine-list.

Rated*: C+


Tasting 2

Notes: As excellent as ever.

Tasted at: Dow Tasting

Rated*: C+


Tasting 3

Notes: Although darker than the Graham 1994 and Warre 1997, this wasn’t the monster that I usually think it to be: lovely mellow fruit on the nose. In the mouth, quite tannic, with an appealing dry complexity.

Tasted at: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port

Rated*: C

A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: No; Possibly; or 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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