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Dow's 1977

July 12, 2011
Question by: Mitchell, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Q:

I have purchased several bottles of 1977 Dow's at auction. Each has a different label (with different US importers) and one has an embossed bottle with "1977".  Are the different labels and bottles common, or should I worry about having a counterfeit or two in the mix?

A:

Hi Mitchell, You should not have to worry.  In 1977 we did have several different importers for Dow's in the USA, in California, Florida, Maryland, Illinois and Georgia at least, if not more.  Additionally, while I am unable to confirm this for the 1977 Vintage specifically, I am told that for some other vintages we did in fact run out of the custom Vintage Year embossed bottles and finished bottling runs with the plain bottles.  In 1977 we bottled in Magnums and Half Bottles for Dow's as well as the standard 75 cl bottles.  If you read the critics' notes in our Knowledge Base, you will see they all consider this an excellent wine that will age very well, and should be drinking superbly now.  Enjoy your wine!



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