DOW’S

Dow’s is entirely owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Symington family, Port producers since the 19th Century. The family, whose experience dates back over 100 years, has supervised all the vineyards, winemaking and the ageing of this wine. Dow’s owns two of the Douro’s finest Quintas, Senhora da Ribeira and Bomfim. These were acquired in 1890 and 1896, making Dow’s one of the first houses to invest in premium vineyards.

VINTAGE

1980

COLOUR

Red

REGION

Portugal.

PACKAGING

Dow’s.

PAYMENT METHOD

Bank transfer or by credit/debit card.

SHIPPING

Over 40 countries worldwide by bespoke quotation.

TASTING REVIEWS & SCORES

Jancis Robinson, October 2016, 17.5 Points

Healthy crimson with a deep garnet rim. Light putty nose. Tastes like claret! Relatively dry. Great balance but not that sweet. Very stylistically dry and different.

James Suckling, Wine Spectator December 1999, 91 Points

A forgotten wine that has always been outstanding. Firm and tight, with raspberry and all-spice character. Full-bodied and sweet, with a long, long finish.

Producer Tasting Note

Despite its 26 years of age, this wine is notable for its deep and rich ruby colour. On the nose, there are complex aromas of red fruit and a touch of pepper and
chocolate. Full bodied and still fresh, with good round tannins and the long and slightly dry finish that is characteristic of Dow’s Vintage Port.

 Jancis Robinson Scoring:

20 – Truly exceptional
19 – A humdinger
18 – A cut above superior
17 – Superior
16 – Distinguished
15 – Average, a perfectly nice drink with no faults but not much excitement
14 – Deadly dull
13 – Borderline faulty or unbalanced
12 – Faulty or unbalanced