Dow Port 1977

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Tasting Notes Vivid ruby/garnet colour, with a soft bouquet of ripe concentrated fruit, plums, black cherry and hints...

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Decanted 10 hours prior to service. At 6 hours, it was overpowering and still showing some spirit on the nose and finish. The '77 Dow's needs littl... Read more

This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulous... Read more

Exceptional, decanted twice and improved in taste and feel into day 2 of drinking. Read more

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Snooth User: Roy Hersh
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4.50 5
02/06/2008

Decanted 10 hours prior to service. At 6 hours, it was overpowering and still showing some spirit on the nose and finish. The '77 Dow's needs little introduction and is a very big wine, as is its older brother from 1970. Still showing dark ruby-purple with a suggestion of age showing on the edge, but its core is opaque. Lovely fragrances that depict just picked plums I did so yesterday, a malt character which I don't often sense and an herbal note as well. The concentrated and fleshy juice is packed with powerful, dense dark berry fruit, highlighted by a touch of spicy licorice and cedar. I really like this wine yet it is young and brooding if not reticent still, kind of like driving a Ferrari in traffic. The richness and wonderfully smooth mouthfeel is met with omnipresent yet round tannins that meld into a sublime, lengthy and juicy finish that is somewhat drying. A decade from now the Dow 1977 is going to be a heck of a mature Port that won't even have reached its peak!


Snooth User: Robert Parker
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4.50 5
02/06/2008

This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years.


Snooth User: jwz203
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5.00 5
02/06/2008

Exceptional, decanted twice and improved in taste and feel into day 2 of drinking.


Snooth User: garrettmurray
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0.00 5
11/06/2008

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External Reviews for Dow Port

External Review
09/23/2010

This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1977 Dow Vintage Port 750ml


External Review
03/24/2009

Dow’s Vintage Ports are only produced in years of exceptional quality and represent only a very small part of the total company’s production in that year. On average only two or three times every ten years are the weather conditions sufficiently good to allow for the making of Dow’s Vintage Port. Dow's Vintage Ports are drawn from the companies' finest vineyards; Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira. Each property contributes to the Dow’s unique and distinctive style. Over the centuries, the Dow winemakers have evolved a style that suits the house’s key vineyards; fermentations are a little longer, resulting in a drier Port Wine that has become the hallmark of Dow’s. Abundant fruit flavours with hints of ripe blackberries, give elegance and poise to Dow’s. The nose is deep and powerful with strong overtones of violets when young, these mature into fine cinnamon and rose-tea aromas with age. The very high percentage of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional planted on the vineyards result in the powerful structure and aging potential of Dow’s Vintage Ports. 1977 is considered one of the very finest Vintages of the 2nd half of the 20th Century. Vivid ruby/garnet colour, with a soft bouquet of ripe concentrated fruit, plums, black cherry and hints of chocolate. A long and elegantly dry finish.


External Review
01/13/2010

Wine Advocate Rating 93


External Review
01/13/2010

Wine Spectator Rating 94


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Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Notes Vivid ruby/garnet colour, with a soft bouquet of ripe concentrated fruit, plums, black cherry and hints of chocolate. On the palate full-bodied, with an iron back-bone of mature tannins andacidity. A long and elegantly dry finish. The Viticultural Year After a wet and cold spring, the weather from August onwards could not have been more perfect. A small harvest of very healthy grapes was gathered under ideal conditions a week earlier than usual. An excellent vintage producing full, extremely rich, powerful and concentrated wines Wine Specifications Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.28 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 2.9

Tasting Notes Vivid ruby/garnet colour, with a soft bouquet of ripe concentrated fruit, plums, black cherry and hints of chocolate. On the palate full-bodied, with an iron back-bone of mature tannins andacidity. A long and elegantly dry finish. The Viticultural Year After a wet and cold spring, the weather from August onwards could not have been more perfect. A small harvest of very healthy grapes was gathered under ideal conditions a week earlier than usual. An excellent vintage producing full, extremely rich, powerful and concentrated wines Wine Specifications Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.28 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 2.9

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