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    Sale 12233

    Fine and Rare Wines from The Avery Family Cellar

    20 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    Dow 1945

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    Dow 1945
    Embossed wax capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level into neck
    Tasting note: I have many more notes, eight since 1990. Three bottles opened at a Dow tasting in Aspen in the summer of 1994: one, Oporto-bottled, was acetic, whereas the two English-bottled were very good, sweet, fragrant. Four months later, a well-nigh perfect bottle at a Diner Classique at one of my favourite hotels, the Baur au Lac in Zurich, and another surprisingly sweet (for Dow) and full-flavoured bottle the following month at a Symington port tasting. Next, a disappointingly drab-looking Oporto-bottling though better on nose and palate at the Dow bicentenary tasting, somewhat made up for by another, deeper, sweeter and more fragrant served at the following lunch alongside an English-bottled jeroboam which, though attractive, was drying out a little. Palish, warm, rose-hip colour; light, spirity bouquet; lean, very dry finish. Last noted at the Symington family’s tasting at the Berkeley Hotel on my birthday, May 2002. At best **** M.B.
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