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Dow's 1985

Release Notes

Excellent ruby colour, with rich and complex aromas of mature berry fruit and hints of spices. On the palate good fruit flavours, full bodied, excellent round tannins and a long lingering finish.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 3,98
Baumé: 2,7

Tasting Notes

Symington Family Tasting Room critic

Symington Family Estates source
2014 tasting note year

Now 29 years old Dow’s 1985 Vintage has a soft red garnet colour. The nose is packed with rich and complex aromas of mature red and dark fruits combined with Dow's hallmark peppery spice and tight focus. On the palate excellent red fruit flavours with rounded silky tannins lead to a long slightly drier finish. Lovely now but will continue to age beautifully for many years.


International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2013 tasting note year

Deep ruby colour with spicy eucalyptus notes. Fresh and youthful nose; long and complex with superb balance.

Score: Gold Medal


Decanter World Wine Awards (competition) source
2013 tasting note year

Rated: 5 Stars

Score: Gold Medal


International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2009 tasting note year

A spicy eucalyptus nose, with black cherry peppery fruit, long firm finish. Dry and complex, with a long life ahead.

Score: Gold Medal

Serena Sutcliffe MW critic

A Century of Vintage Port (booklet, Sutcliffe, 2002 Sotheby's) source
2002 tasting note year

The Symington family consider this one of their "stars."  Lovely classic bouquet full of fruit and health. Great grip and Douro liquorice. Very approachable now.

James Suckling critic

Vintage Port (book, Suckling, 1990) source
1990 tasting note year

Fleshy and raw, bursting with fruit on the palate but starting to close up. Deep, dark ruby purple, with intense tar and berry aromas, full-bodied, with ripe berry flavors, full tannins and a long finish.

Score: 89/100

Jancis Robinson MW critic

London Evening Standard (newspaper) source
1987 tasting note year

My favourite was the DOW - very youthful, but extremely exciting, promising just like great young Bordeaux many layers of complex flavour to come.

More about Dow's

To learn more about Dow's here on The Vintage Port Site, read a brief Profile of the Dow's Brand, and detailed viticultural profiles of the two key Dow's properties, Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira.  If you would like to learn even more about Dow's history and the full range of Ports styles offered, visit the Dow's website.

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