2011 Dow's - Vintage Port 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: (96-98)

The 2011 Dow Vintage Port was made from no less than 44 separate ferments from finest fruit sourced from Quinta do Bomfim (35% of the blend), Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira (42%) and the Santinho (14%) and Cerdeira (6%) estates. Just six of the best lots were used in the final blend, which consists of 40% Touriga Franca, 36% Touriga Nacional, 10% Sousao and 14% of old vine plantings. It has a beautiful, quite extravagant bouquet with copious black and red fruit, Indian spice, and hints of menthol and orange rind that unfold wonderfully in the glass. The palate is a sumptuous affair, one that is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth, plump tannins, copious black fruit with a harmonious, white pepper-tinged finish that is a decadent delight. This is one of the finest of the declarations of 2011 Vintage Ports, a sublime expression of the vintage you would be foolish not to buy. This is Dow at its best. 5,000 cases have been declared.

Author: Neal Martin
Issue: 207

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 99

Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages.

Drink Dates: 2030-2060
Author: Kim Marcus


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97(+?)

Deep, saturated dark ruby. Penetrating aromas of black cherry, violet, lavender, licorice, dark tobacco and minerals. Then plush and elegant in the mouth, with outstanding depth and a hint of youthful bitterness to the superconcentrated flavors of black raspberry and spices. The wine's perfectly integrated acidity and floral lift give the finish great hang time. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, this beauty showed its powerful underlying medicinal reserve without losing its freshness. Should be a wonderful follow-up to the splendid 2007 Dow--and very long-lived. Snap this one up and grow old gracefully with it.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: swimmer
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/25/2014
Wine spectator wine of the year 2014

Average rating: 98, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

204 bottles owned by 65 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

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Wine Varietal: Port Blend


Port is a fortified wine produced in the Douro region of Portugal. To achieve a sweet, high alcohol final product, brandy is added to the fermenting juice, stopping fermentation while sugar is still present in the must. Although more than 80 different grape varieties are authorized in blending, only five make up the majority of Port produced, each adding a unique profile to the finished blend. "Port-style" wines are created the world over using a bevy of traditional and non-traditional varieties.

Touriga Nacional produces small, dark-skinned grapes with high tannins. These grapes give Port grip, body, and structure.

Touriga Francesca is thinner skinned, lighter in tannins than Touriga Nacional, and contributes fruit, aroma, suppleness and roundness.

Tinta Roriz (Portuguese name for Tempranillo) adds high sugar content, low acidity, color and fruit.

Tinta Barroca is known for producing wines of delicacy and finesse, with smooth velvety fruit. It brings sweetness and ripeness to the final blend.

Tinto Cao produces fine and complex wines. Unfortunately, its painfully small yields have reduced plantings to almost insignificant levels.

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