1963 Dow's Vintage Port (Previously $350)
Perfectly mature, this Port's tannins have softened over the past 40-plus years, leaving it lushly textured and displaying rich fig and chocolate flavors. Finishes long, picking up a touch of almond to go with the fig, flavors Symington calls -Dow’s hallmarks.- Drink now-2015, longer if you prefer very mature wines.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale brick colour with fragrant scents of mossy wood, potpourri, cinnamon and dried mulberry plus a whiff of espresso. A mature, well balanced Port comes through in the mouth with high acidity cutting through the lingering dried berry and spice fruit and a medium level of grainy tannins. Long finish. (LPR)
Tasted from magnum. This is a wonderfully silky and rich wine. Deep and concentrated raspberry and cherry character, with a hint of spice. Full-bodied and very sweet, with layers of fruit and a long finish.
Mid to pale ruby with a brick rim. Wonderfully mature, complex nose with dried fruits - prunes? - but freshness too. Hint of dark chocolate. Alcohol wonderfully integrated. Then on the palate a real dancer of a wine - perfectly lively and truly tonic on the palate. Real delicacy - not desperately sweet, just beautifully balanced. Very very clean finish with a definite whisper of tannin on the finish. The Syms reckons this would be one of the top four or five vintage ports of the 20th century by anyone's reckoning and certainly it demonstrated to me exactly what I love about really mature, top quality vintage port - a world away from young ruby. (19.5/20 points)
94-95 points Neal Martin: "A beautiful rich nose of roasted coffee beans, cherry liqueur and Asian spice. The palate is smooth, hedonistic and loaded with sweet red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. There is a saturated quality to this Dow, a sense of completeness that I love. An opulent chocolaty finish - very long and attractive. Perhaps not as 'structured' as I expected but this Dow is drinking beautifully and will surely last a number of years. Drink now-2020. Tasted July 2003." (Wine Journal, 9/2008)