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Dow's Finest Reserve 1988

September 23, 2012
Question by: Donald (Mobile)

Q:

A friend of mine has a bottle of Dow's Finest Reserve 1988 port to sell but not sure about the price, could you advise?

A:

Hi Donald, Without seeing the label to confirm it, we believe you have a type of wine that evolved into what is now known as Late Bottled Vintage.  The wine would be a lighter version of what today we call Reserve Ruby (previously also known as Vintage Character).  In other words, not a true Vintage Port according to regulation, the main difference being this would have been aged in cask for probably between 4 and 7 years before bottling.  This style of wine was intended, like the current Late Bottled Vintage, for early consumption within a few years of being released to market, and not for long term ageing.  That said, if it has been well cellared in cool, dark conditions, it may still be enjoyable, though we would expect it to be past its best.

Generally only fine Vintage Ports are sought in the secondary market, so this is not likely to have any re-sale value.  We suggest your friend open it and hopefully enjoy it!



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