Dow 1983 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Dow 1983 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: Very nice; slightly less dry than the other Dows.

Tasted at: Dow Tasting

Date: 7th September 2010

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Medium dark. Good nose. Notably drier than other Ports at the tasting. No tannins. Not bad but not excellent; slightly bitter aftertaste.

Tasted at: The Crusting Pipe Offline

Date: 20th 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 weighted slightly by their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port might receive a C rating for Certainly good which it might not were it to be a Vintage Port. 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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