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1983 Dow's Vintage Port

PORTUGAL / PORTO/DOURO /
  • 79 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Port Blend
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SKU: 49507-1983-750

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$80.00

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Mid crimson and slightly grey. Very sweet and round and slightly raisiny. Slight rustic edge but very ripe and round and lively with a certain freshness and punch. Long and powerful. Looking good for the future, A confident wine.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 79

    Not up to scratch. Slightly volatile and hard. Can't properly judge the wine from this bottle.--Dow vertical.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Buying Guide - 2nd Edition (1989) | Rating: 90

    This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1983 is rich, concentrated, very fruity, and magnificently perfumed, suggesting that it is going to mature early, long before the 1977.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2001-2016
    Author: rhwinecellar
From his new home in London, Bruno da Silva began importing wine to England from his native Portugal in 1789, thus beginning Dow's long history as a Port house. Through the challenges of sea transport and periodic war, da Silva maintained his successful business and passed it on to his son and then grandson, who joined with Frederick William Cosens, and later George Acheson Warre in forming Silva & Cosens. This firm merged with Dow & Co, another successful Port house, in 1877 and adopted Dow's as the brand name for the new partnership, which quickly solidified its reputation among the best in the Port trade. The next step for the business was investment in the vineyards of the Douro, a move that would prove extremely rewarding in the future, as they had chosen the finest areas in the valley. The vineyards Senhora da Ribeira, purchased in 1890, and Quinta do Bomfim, purchased in 1896, form the foundation for Dow's great vintage ports. The Symingon family, which now owns Dow's, privately holds two other vineyards, Quinta do Santinho and Quinta da Cerdeira. These four vineyards together total over 90 hectares.

Port-making at Dow's is done in a traditional manner. A portion of the grapes are tread by foot in stone lagares, and the rest by a revolutionary automated treading machine. Because fermentations are cut short by the necessary addition of grape spirit to the juice, it is essential to maximize skin to juice contact in the first few days of fermentation; the robotic treading machine does just that, producing wines that hold to Dow's stellar reputation.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 349 bottles owned
  • 120 collectors