Perfectly Stored Vintage Port Part II: 1975 & 1977 Dow's Vintage Port

Posted by Ian McFadden

Perfectly Stored Port Part II
1975 & 1977 Dow's Vintage Port

Today, I'm thrilled to present another installation of a recent cellar.

We keep pulling corks on bottles from this cellar, and we're continually shocked by how pristine every bottle is.

It's impossible for me not to underscore the value here. It's almost impossible to find world-class wine with age on them at these prices.

For me, cellars like this are a gold mine. A cache of old wine perfectly stored is something that I live for. And something that I rarely find.

1975 is a vintage that's really blossomed. For years, it was massively over-shadowed by the heralded '70 and '77 vintages. Many felt that '75 was too light. Today, its virtues are becoming abundantly clear. While '70 and '77 remain structured and fairly massive, the '75 has aged into beautiful wines with tons of lacy finesse.

To this, the Dow's house style adds a firm edge that carries all the way through the long mineral finish. The '75 shows just how vast and impressive the perfume that well aged Port can deliver along with spice, plum and chocolate.

The '77 Dow's introduces some serious power and grip. 1977 was a monumental year for Port. The wines from the vintage still have long lives ahead of them.

Dow's produced a simply epic vintage Port in '77. While it's drinking just fine today, this is one to hold on to and watch age for the next 10-15 years or more.

The '75 is entering its sweet spot now; the '77 is something for the ages.

Dow's is one of our favorite Port houses. We love the mineral-drenched, dead serious tannic spines they offer. Not to mention the beautiful complexity that they present. I'm very happy to offer two gorgeous (and very different) perfectly stored Ports from them.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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