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Dow's 1997

Release Notes

The Dow’s 1997 Vintage is an outstanding wine, made slightly drier in the classic Dow tradition, which due to its superb structure will evolve into a classic vintage port. Very dark opaque purple colour, with a typically spicy nose and intense underlying aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants. On the palate enormous weight and structure with a marvellous balance of dense black fruit flavours wrapped in a tannic cloak.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,35
Baumé: 3,1

Tasting Notes

James Molesworth critic

The Wine Spectator source
2017 tasting note year
Warm and inviting, with a worn leather feel to the mix of dried anise, espresso, bittersweet cocoa, steeped fig and mulled currant notes, which move seamlessly together through the buckwheat-edged finish. There's plenty here to like now, but this has ample energy for additional development. Best from 2020 through 2035. 10,000 cases made.

Score: 95


International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2013 tasting note year

Score:  Bronze Medal


International Wine and Spirit Competition source
2007 tasting note year

Rich, deep, bright purple. Nose still full of youth dominated by ripe berry fruit where cherry plays an important part. All backed by glorious floral tones with dark rose and violets. Massive mouth with huge, youthful flavours. The enormous seam of fruit spans the mouth with full tannic backing. At this stage the beautiful balance is overwhelmed by the fruit. Lifted by the spirit and well held by the well judged oak. An enormous wine that will please the adventurous now but will more than repay many more years in the bottle. Gorgeous beauty.

Score: Gold Medal

Serena Sutcliffe MW critic

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

Lovely roses on the nose. Glorious fruit, opulence and softness on the palate. Coats the mouth with luscious fruit. Damsons finish. Oozes fruit and ripeness.

Bruce Sanderson critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2000 tasting note year

25th in the Wine Spectator's elite list of the 100 World's Best Wines. Their racy style renders Dow Vintage Ports very enjoyable at a young age, yet they evolve beautifully with time. The 1997, firm in tannins, comes primarily from the Quinta do Bomfim vineyard. 10,000 cases made.

James Suckling critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2000 tasting note year

Wine Spectator's Special Report: Vintage Port: Super. I love the nose of this young Port, which shows raisin, spice and a little stemminess. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with loads of ripe tannins and a long, long finish. Really racy and exciting. Even better than when tasted from barrel.

Score: 95/100

Clive Coates MW critic

The Vine (magazine) source
1999 tasting note year

Backward nose. Very complete. Full. Lovely fruit and grip. Very stylish indeed. Very long on the palate. Very Dow. Very lovely. Very fine.

Score: 18/20


Decanter (magazine) source
1999 tasting note year

Sweet, nutty, hedgerow aromas.  Opulent, rich palate, with vibrancy, weight and power. 

Score: 3 Stars

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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