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Dow's Port for Harrods

May 2, 2012
Question by: Rebecca, Brisbane, Australia

Q:

I have a bottle Harrods Port dow's made in Portugal the bottle number is 256071.  My husband brought it in 1992 in the UK, we were just wondering what it is worth?  My husband can't remember how old it was when he purchased it. It is a 20cl bottle, it has a green label that says Oporto, Harrods Finest Reserve Port bottled by Silva & Cosens Ltd specially selected for Harrods by Dow's Port. It has paper tags stuck under the seal which says ZA 256071 01 Any help would be great.

A:

Hi Rebecca, "Finest Reserve Port" tells us this is a reserve ruby style, not a Vintage Port.  Reserve Ruby is a style of Port bottled when ready to be enjoyed, and not intended to be aged in bottle for years.  It would have been at its best in the early to mid 90's, but if it has been kept in good storage conditions - consistently cool and dark - it may still be enjoyable.



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