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1997 Dow's Vintage Port

  • 90 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Port Blend
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SKU: 49507-1997-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    An evolved, less massive than normal port, the 1997 Dow's displays a dark ruby/purple color, attractive licorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee aromas, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a moderately tannic finish. This excellent vintage port should drink well between 2004-2025.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Blackberry and plum character. Full-bodied, velvety and balanced. Lovely velvety tannins, sweet and long. Soft-textured yet fresh and racy. A beauty. This is would be better with a little more age, but already pretty. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. 10,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Good full ruby. Lightly floral aromas of blackcurrant, maple syrup, mocha, espresso and fresh herbs. Lush and medium-sweet, with very good intensity, bright acidity and a deep, tight core of fruit. Subtle and juicy rather than unctuous or powerful, and impeccably balanced. Long, youthfully aggressive finish features a note of dark chocolate and sneaky persistence. This has the grip to reward 15 years of cellaring. (Premium Ports & Madeiras, Sausalito, CA)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Mid ruby ? a bit muddy-looking. Pungent, hot nose. Very very sticky sweet. An extreme wine that might ideally need just a little more structure for perfection. Hot finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Sweet plum with other red fruit flavors, and a hint of graphite. Smooth but not terribly long finish. Not a lot of tannic structure. Medium bodied. Lovely for a cold winter night, but not A¬ber memorable.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2020
    Author: Cashew
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

  • 358 bottles owned
  • 123 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 123 collectors)