1970 Dow's Vintage Port
I have always been a fan of this very fine and well-made Port. Truly balanced in character, with focused flowers, spice and cherry. Full-bodied, with a sweet palate and a fine texture.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
With a pale colour, this wine has developed into mainly earthy, meaty, gamey aromas with discernable notes of loam, underbrush and a touch of caramel over the sultana and Chinese dried plum fruit. After a few minutes, appealing scents of orange peel and dark chocolate begin to emerge. Crisp, rich, warm and spicy on the palate, with a remaining low to medium level of silky tannins. Long finish.
Exceptionally deep crimson with remarkably little evolution and few orangey hints. Very lively, even a hint of orange peel. Lots of concentration and life. Quite animal too. Very sweet and impressive with a great combination of richness and structure. This is serious wine with a serious future. Long and well balanced. 18.5/20 points.
According to Michael Broadbent: "Fairly deep and youthfully plum-coloured; excellent nose, fragrant, forthcoming. Sweet, full-bodied, nice texture...A rich exciting drink with considerable future."