Dow's Port

dow-vintage-portFor over 200 years, the name Dow has been associated with fine Port from the Upper Douro Valley. Dow’s are known for their superbly concentrated wines; intense and tannic when young, maturing to a superlative racy elegance with violet and mint aromas. Their distinctive drier finish is the hallmark of Dow’s Port wines. James Suckling of Wine Spectator tasted a Dow’s port over a hundred years after its bottling, an 1896, and described it as: “…an amazing ruby colour with a garnet edge, it smelled of raisins, black pepper and berries. It was full-bodied, with masses of fruit intertwined with layers of velvety tannins. It was superb.”

The story of this House is unusual – rather than a British merchant journeying to Oporto, it was Bruno da Silva who travelled from Oporto to London. Importing wine from his home country, he was quickly accepted into London society and gained a fine reputation for his wines. With the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars, many merchants ceased shipping rather than coming under fire in the Bay of Biscay, but da Silva obtained Royal permission to arm his ships. Securing safe passage, his became the first and only port shipper to use its own armed protection for transport across the Bay. In 1877, his company merged with Dow & Co. With the merger, it was decided to keep the brand name as ‘DOW’S’, the name remaining to this day.

Dow's owns the Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira vineyards and, using these, even on undeclared years produces some truly superb Single Quinta port wines.

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Dow's Port, 2019

Quinta de Senhora da Ribera Vintage Port
3 x 150cl
En Primeur Offer
DUTY PAID PRICE INCLUDING VAT AND UK DELIVERY
Delivery Autumn 2021

Offered Duty Paid Including VAT and UK Mainland delivery

Reviews:
94 Points - Neil Martin - Vinous.
The 2019 Quinta Senhora Ribeira Vintage Port contains a higher percentage of Tinta Franca (53%), a variety that enjoys the heat, which underpins its success. It has a tightly wound nose, tertiary at first with undergrowth scents permeating the black fruit, tobacco and humidor, later scents of dates, fennel and mint. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but ripe tannins, very well balanced with a liberal sprinkling of white pepper and clove. There is a subtle crescendo that peaks towards the finish with very fine, very chiseled tannins and impressive persistence.
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Dow's Port, 2018

Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port
MAGNUM 1.5LT

The 2018 Quinta Senhora da Ribeira represents just 8% of the Quinta's production. It is more compact, a bit more standoffish compared to some of the other single quinta 2018s that I tasted. It gradually warms up, revealing marine notes, seaweed and oyster shells tincturing the black fruit. The palate is super-smooth on the entry with plush, saturated tannins, quite spicy and peppery with an assertive, structured finish that is quintessentially Dow's. Superb. 410 cases produced.

One of the classic Douro riverside quintas, Senhora da Ribeira was acquired by George Warre for Dow’s in 1890. Since then, Senhora da Ribeira has been a fundamental component of Dow’s Vintage Ports.
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Dow's Port, 2017

Vintage Port
Single Bottle

Review Scores
*** 18.5/20 - Richard Mayson ***
*** 98/100 - James Suckling ***
*** 98/100 - Vinous Neil Martin ***


Technical Sheets
Dows 2017 Vintage Port Technical Sheets

Tasting notes
It is rare to see such tremendous depth and intensity in colour as this wine displays The freshness of the floral aromas is very attractive with a dominance of rockrose, a flower that grows wild around the hills of Senhora da Ribeira. On the palate, it is exceptionally full-bodied, rich and powerful with black fruit coming to the fore.
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Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - Rare Tappit Hen Format (2.1 L) Bottle
Presented in original oak case

The 2016 Dow's Vintage Port Wine is the first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.
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Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port

This 2016 Vintage Port Wine from Dow's is the first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.
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Price: $125.39 USD
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Dow's Port, 2016

Vintage Port - Imperiale 6L )

***98 Points- Neal Martin, vinous.com***
***97 Points- Derek Smedley MW***
***19/20 Points- Richard Mayson***

The 2016 Dow's port is the first wine where the mineral characters really shout to be heard. There are herbs too and dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and weighty in the mouth; a port of real authority.

Serving Suggestion:
When mature this port will need to be decanted to remove sediment. Serve at room temperature on its own or with vintage mature blue cheeses such as stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
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Dow's Port, 2015

Quinta Da Senhora Da Ribeira Vintage Port, MAGNUM 1.5L bottles - Presented in original wooden gift case

This 2015 Vintage Port Wine from Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, a vineyard to which The Symington family has a strong attachment to. The current generation’s great grandfather, Andrew James Symington, took ownership of the Quinta in 1912 when he became a shareholder in Dow's, which had originally acquired the property in 1890. Together with Quinta do Bonfim it has been the mainstay of Dow's Vintage Ports for 125 years.

The 2015 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port was produced from one co-fermented lagar of Touriga Franca and Sousão (0.7 Kg per vine) picked on September 29th, and another lagar of Touriga Nacional also fermented with Sousão.
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Dow's Port, 2013

Quinta de Senhora Ribera DOUBLE MAGNUM bottle
In original Gift Box

This 2013 Vintage Port Wine; Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira is set in the remote, hot and dry Douro Superior and commands a magnificent north bank position. Senhora da Ribeira’s wines are some of the finest in the Douro and they complement those from Bomfim in the composition of Dow’s classic Vintage Ports. The quinta’s high proportion of old vines (45% are over 25 years old) is of critical importance. The old vines are very low-yielding, producing on average less than 1Kg of grapes each, giving intense and concentrated musts which are ideal for classic Vintage Port.

1 Bottle (1 x 300cl).

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Dow's Port, 1994

Vintage Port
Special Library Release

The 1994 is one of the finest Dow’s Vintage Ports of the second half of the twentieth century. It was widely acclaimed by wine critics and writers soon after its initial release, earning consistently high scores. For only the second time after the original en primeur launch, the Symington family have decided to release a restricted quantity from their own maturing stocks in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. This wine has perfect provenance having matured solely under the ideal conditions of the Dow vintage cellars, whose location benefits from the moderating maritime climate of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
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Price: $153.57 USD
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Dow's Port, 1977

Vintage Port MAGNUM

Please note that this is a rare magnum format (1.5 L) presented in a Dows presentation case.

Medium cranberry red center and slight bricking on the edge. Intoxicating floral fragrance that filled the room, during its nine hour decant; accented by anise, plum and raspberry notes and a bit of spirit. Fresh, fleshy grape, dark cherry and fig flavors melded with underpinnings of licorice, chocolate and warming spirit. It's developing into a stunning middle-aged Port at 34 years of age, with little signs of nearing peak yet. Rich and multi-faceted, smooth and velvety ... even more so the second day it was opened.
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Price: $457.90 USD
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Dow's Port, 1975

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Vintage Port
Special Offer | Damaged Labels | Was £119 | Now £75

The 1975 Dows Vintage Port is from a vintage that has been long under-rated. I have had repeated tastings of the 75's and whilst not in the same class as the 66 or 70 vintages, nevertheless present an outstanding quality vs price buy. When you consider that recent releases retail around the £80-£90 mark and need 20 years of storage before drinking this represents a bargain. Decanted for 4 hours, the 1975 Dows is fully mature with a nice tawny colour. The recent bottles I have tasted have been very nicely developed and drinking perfectly now. Everything is very well integrated the fruit has mellowed to become a classic vintage port.
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Dow's Port, 1972

Vintage Port - Oporto Bottled,
Damaged label - Note that the "2" in 1972 is not visible. Capsule is embossed with 1972 as is the glass.

A rare bottle of Dow 1972 from the good 1972 vintage.

Very light and fruity, with extremely simple but fresh flavours, even though the alcohol dominates a bit. Medium ruby with a garnet edge, a slightly hot boysenberry nose, medium-bodied, with rather dry cherry flavours.
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Price: $407.18 USD
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Dow's Port, 1965

Quinta do Bonfim Vintage Port

A very rare single quinta port from Dow's.
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Price: $697.42 USD
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Dow's Port, 1965

Quinta do Bonfim Vintage Port - Cellar Reserve

A very rare single quinta port from Dow's.
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Price: $979.21 USD
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Dow's Port, 1962

Vintage Port - Cellar Reserve

The Dows 1962 is a very rare Vintage Port. The bottles were registered at the institute but never declared. Deeper orange red compared to the 1960. Fine nose of peppery sweet fruit with some balsamic tones, honey cake, beef soup and Indian spices. The fine elegant start of taste is smooth, refined and mouth filling. A well balanced vintage port with medium length. All there in a more approachable style. A very nice vintage port which was just bound to be forgotten once the strong classic 1963’s were ageing in the cellar. Last tasted July 2017. (Christies Tasting Note)
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Dow's Port, 1960

Vintage Port
Plain Label

This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port. The 1960 is a classic, a monumental, rich, still tannic wine.

Reviews
"Superbly balanced and at its peak. Light ruby with a garnet edge, a rich coffee and chocolate nose, medium-bodied, with lovely balanced fruit and coffee flavours and a long, silky finish. A joy to drink." James Suckling - Vintage Port Book
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Price: $345.19 USD
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Dow's Port, 1947

Vintage Port
level in neck embossed capsule

From the outstanding 1947 vintage, this stunning port is deep and rich with nice weight and a dry liquorice finish. Light tawny color with spicy aromas and a hint of balsam, but the palate delivers very sweet, smoky plum, herbs and mint characteristics. Well balanced and with good length on the finish.
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Dow's Port, 1945

Vintage Port - Base of neck

Axel Probst
"One of the darkest red colours on the night. Fresh and complex coffee and fruits on the nose, fading residual fruit. A very balanced palate, with a noticeable acidity and a strong aftertaste.
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Dow's Port, 1945

Vintage Port - Base of neck

Axel Probst
"One of the darkest red colours on the night. Fresh and complex coffee and fruits on the nose, fading residual fruit. A very balanced palate, with a noticeable acidity and a strong aftertaste.
World of Fine Wine
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Dow's Port, 1945

Vintage Port - In neck
Recorked by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 1983 - unlabelled.

Axel Probst
"One of the darkest red colours on the night. Fresh and complex coffee and fruits on the nose, fading residual fruit. A very balanced palate, with a noticeable acidity and a strong aftertaste.
World of Fine Wine
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Dow's Port, 1942

Vintage Port - capsule damaged and rewaxed - good label and level

A very rare wartime vintage.


Provenance:
No Dow vintages were formally declared during the war.
However it was common practice for shippers to bottle a small quantity of port to lay down. There was a shortage of part in the UK in the late 50's and the wine society brought up all of the bin ends of mature port - including some 1940's undeclared port. This bottle originates from the wine society purchase.
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Dow's Port, 1934

Vintage port - Berry Brothers Capsule
Level in neck

Colour, Mature tawny in colour. Bouquet, Rich malty and nutty in the nose. Taste, Delicious roasted nuts. Mature. Still some sweetness. Wonderful finish. An attractive old port. Review on vintageport.se
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Dow's Port, 1927

Vintage Port (UK Bottled Hatch Mansfield)

Vintage Port (book, Suckling, 1990)
This was the second bottle I tasted within a span of four months. The first was more like a 20 year old Tawny. Medium red with a garnet rim, cherry and blackberry aromas, medium to light-bodied, with a lovely, delicate mouth-feel, quite dry, with elegant cherry flavours and a medium finish.

Michael Broadbent MW
Vintage Wine (book, Broadbent, 2002)
Late 1980s: palish rosy-tinged tawny; light, spicy, high-toned, madeira-like bouquet; still fairly sweet, medium weight, faded though remnants of power, good length, acidity.


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Price: $2,641.75 USD
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Dow's Port, 1924

Vintage port
bottled by Porter Wright & Co Ltd Sheffield

Colour, Mature tawny in colour. Bouquet, Rich malty and nutty in the nose. Taste, Delicious roasted nuts. Mature. Still some sweetness. Wonderful finish. An attractive old port. Review on vintageport.se
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Dow's Port, 1920

Vintage Port (Very Top Shoulder)


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