1994 Dow

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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winesecretary
Cockburn’s Special Reserve
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Re: 1994 Dow

Post by winesecretary » 14:52 Wed 12 Jun 2019

Nice and dark, 85% opaque. Nose a little dumb, with a hint of liquorice, but promises lots of stuffing. Lots of dark fruit and chocolate in the mouth. Gorgeous, increasingly 'Dow' as the evening went on, but needs much more time. My WOTN.

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flash_uk
Dow 1980
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Re: 1994 Dow

Post by flash_uk » 16:04 Wed 12 Jun 2019

80% opacity, very dark red. REd fruit, violets and some mint/menthol on the nose. Smooth, full, rich, sweet, and, spicy! What a combination! Damsons and spice, dryness only right at the finish and not as dry as the Dow might usually be. Really complex port this one, and while drinking very nicely now, many years more development to come, and a long life too.

NickA
Fonseca Bin 27
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Re: 1994 Dow

Post by NickA » 21:43 Wed 12 Jun 2019

One of the darkest on show; a reserved, deep plummy nose. Smooth on palate but not really developed. Initially the concentrated fruit came with some drying tannin but air help enormously to balance and soften where the fruit is joined with rich chocolaty notes. While neither fully open or quite ready to start drinking in earnest, the materials were too obvious to ignore and I rated this second on the night. Truly excellent port in the making and probably heading towards the top of the vintage.

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