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Dow's 2000

Release Notes

Our decision to declare the 2000 Vintage was not difficult. The wine speaks for itself; it is remarkably concentrated, with a rich 'velvet' structure backed by ripe tannins.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,68
Baumé: 3,4

Tasting Notes

James Suckling critic source
2017 tasting note year
Shows the intense ripeness of the vintage with hints of raisins and other dried fruits. Full-bodied, medium sweet and so very velvety. A big mouthful. Superb. Just starting to open.

Score: 99

Symington Family Tasting Room critic

Symington Family Estates source
2014 tasting note year

Dow’s 2000 Vintage has a deep ruby colour. On the nose the wine is intensely aromatic with excellent fruit aromas of dark plums and cassis. On the palate showing the typical Dow flavours of liquorice and spices combined with ripe dark fruit giving it a marvellous complexity. Showing great depth and structure the wine finishes with firm bold tannins and a typical peppery dryness. Approachable now but is still 4 to 5 years from its prime, after which it will age superbly for decades.


International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2012 tasting note year

Bramble and stewed tea.  Intense berry / liqourice nose. Rustic conclusion.

Score: Silver Medal 2012


Decanter World Wine Awards (competition) source
2012 tasting note year

Excellent berry fruit nose with mint, fig and damson, becoming spicy and mature over a palate packed with fruit and succulent intensity. Floral, sweet and peppery with notes of cinnamon, cloves and chocolate.  Rated 5 Stars

Score: 2012 Regional Trophy Vintage Port

SFE Tasting Room Team critic

SFE source
2006 tasting note year

It had been some years since we had seen such tremendously concentrated and robust wines suited to long term ageing made at Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira. Deep purple colour, so dark it’s almost blue/black. This is a wine of great vigour with excellent fruit aromas of plums and cassis. In the mouth, typically Dow flavours of liquorice and spices, as well as great depth and structure. It presents amazing ripe fruit flavours giving it marvellous complexity, finishing with firm bold tannin and a typical peppery dryness. A wine guaranteed to last and develop to maximum potential.

James Suckling critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2003 tasting note year

Very grapey, with black licorice and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with ultra-fine tannins and an exquisite finish. Refined and well-made.

Score: 93/100

Robert Parker critic

Wine Advocate (magazine) source
2002 tasting note year

An opaque blue/purple colour (typical of this vintage’s top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, liquorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly structured, classic, tightly knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity…it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully.

Score: 94/100

Clive Coates MW critic

The Vine (magazine) source
2002 tasting note year

Good nose. Plenty of depth. Elegant, slightly austere fruit, but complex with it…Rich. Good grip. Plenty of vigour here. Clean and classy. Harmonious and fresh. Long.

Score: 18/20

Jancis Robinson MW critic source
2002 tasting note year

Very deep blackish crimson. Aromatic, almost floral nose with hints of raisins. Very sweet, pruney start. Extremely charming and dense with great layers of flavour. This is very clever wine that should drink well virtually throughout its life. There is no shortage of tannin underneath but the voluptuous star is already engaging.

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. 1997
  5. 1994
  6. 1991
  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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