Dow's Port, 2017

Vintage Port
Single Bottle

Bottle size: 1 x 75cl

ABV: 20%


$102.50 USD

22 In Stock

* excludes delivery (free standard UK delivery on orders over £100)


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. Gorgeous, ripe fruit is balanced by the fine tannin structure. On the finish, it is typically Dow, austere and somewhat drier than many other ports. The intense fruit flavours linger long on the palate.

Charles Symington commented after selecting the final blend:
“This is one of the finest Dow’s Vintage Ports I have blended. I believe this wine more than deserves its place alongside our recent Dow’s Vintages of 2016, 2011 and 2007. In my opinion it has the potential to rank alongside the Dow’s all-time greats.”

Provenance and variety make-up
• Quinta do Bomfim: 43%
• Quinta Da Senhora da Ribeira: 38% • Quinta do Cabec?o: 12%
• Quinta da Cerdeira: 7%
• Touriga Nacional: 42%
• Touriga Franca: 38%
• Sousa?o: 9%
• Old mixed vines (field blend): 8% • Alicante Bouschet: 3%
Wine Specification
• Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20°C)
• Total acidity – 4.24 (g/l)
• Baume? – 3.40
• Bottled during May 2019 with no filtration
• Winemakers: Charles Symington, Pedro Sousa (Bomfim)
and Ricardo Carvalho (Senhora da Ribeira).


Terms and Conditions • Wine offered in bond (no duty or VAT) • We bond at LCB. Internal transfers are free, deliveries to other bonded warehouses will be subject to a delivery charge. • Should the wine be required with duty and VAT and collection from the shop then the prevailing rates will be added as well as a small delivery charge.


*** 18.5/20 - Richard Mayson ***
Based on Quinta do Bomfim in the Cima Corgo and Quinta Senhora da Ribeira in the Douro Superior, both predominantly south facing with Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca making up 80% of the blend: opaque, closed in but powerfully ripe fruit underlying, seemingly quite introverted compared to some wines at this stage: full, rich and opulent on the palate, this also shows the latent power of the vintage, made as it is in a slightly drier style (3.4 Baumé), lovely minty fruit and full, ripe tannins all the way through the finish. Very fine. 18.5 +?

*** 98/100 - James Suckling ***
Pure grape aromas that remind me of fermenting must but then goes to stems and dried flowers. Full-bodied, medium sweet with fine-grained tannins that coat your palate. Powerful and muscular yet remains agile and beautiful. Grows on your palate. Wonderful ripe fruit in the middle palate. Try after 2030.

*** 98/100 - Vinous - Neil Martin ***
The 2017 Dow’s Vintage Port showed a slight reduction and required more time to really open in the glass. Typical of Dow’s it has a more backward and introspective bouquet compared to its peers, scents of blackberry, clove, wild mint, cassis and vanilla, gradually gaining more intensity with aeration. The palate is simply glorious. It is built around a compelling tannic frame that seems finer than any Dow’s I have encountered apart from the ethereal 2011. There is so much energy coiled up in this Port, a sense of symmetry that is enthralling and yet you just know that it needs to be cellared for 15-20 years for it to reveal its full potential. For serious Port-lovers. One of the vintages most cerebral offerings. Total production is 5,250 cases.
Neal Martin,

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