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Dow's 1991

Release Notes

The wine is in the great tradition of Dow's Vintage Ports.  It is very dark with immense colour, excellent balance of tannins and acidity and an exceptionally attractive nose. 

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,35
Baumé: 3,3

Tasting Notes

SFE Tasting Room Team critic

SFE source
2006 tasting note year

Due to the summer heat, yields were well down on previous years. Consequently only a small quantity of Dow’s 1991 Vintage Port was bottled. The wine is in the great tradition of Dow’s Vintage Ports. It is very dark with very good colour colour, excellent balance of tannins and acidity and an exceptionally attractive and concentrated nose. This Vintage has structure and quality, placing it amongst the finest Vintages produced in the postwar years.

Clive Coates MW critic

The Vine (magazine) source
2004 tasting note year

Round, ripe, attractive nose. Nice and fresh. Good weight…Rich, composed and very elegant…it is very long and harmonious. Very classy.

Score: 18/20

Serena Sutcliffe MW critic

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

Massive full bloom, full blown roses. Packed down berries. This sings. Winey, gummy and something else. Intensity, deep violets. Lovely heart to it. Even a bit of coffee at the end. Another recent bottle had a really plummy nose. Very berryish. Very gummy intense taste. Concentrated with a huge heart to it. Roasted coffee and prunes at the end. Glycerol and structure.

James Suckling critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
1999 tasting note year

One of the great buys in young vintages of Dow. Dark and powerful, its aromas of ripe berry, cherry and raspberry open to a full-bodied palate, with firm tannins and a long, sweet finish.

Robert Parker critic

Wine Advocate (magazine) source
1995 tasting note year

The firmly-structured, moderately tannic, impressively colored and concentrated 1991 [Dow's] Vintage Port is less precocious and more reserved than the 1992 Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port.  It may develop along the lines of the stern but powerful 1977.  The wine offers a classic display of black fruits, licorice, and chocolate aromas and flavors, as well as a full-bodied, muscular style with considerable tannin and firmness.  Give it 10-12 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+.  Drink: 2005-2037.

Score: 90/100

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.

See details of other years in which this wine was made

  1. 2011
  2. 2007
  3. 2003
  4. 2000
  5. 1997
  6. 1994
  7. 1985
  8. 1983
  9. 1980
  10. 1977
  11. 1975
  12. 1972
  13. 1970
  14. 1966
  15. 1963
  16. 1960
  17. 1955
  18. 1950
  19. 1947
  20. 1945
  21. 1934
  22. 1927
  23. 1924
  24. 1920
  25. 1912
  26. 1908
  27. 1904
  28. 1900
  29. 1899
  30. 1896
  31. 1893
  32. 1892
  33. 1890


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