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Dow's 2003

Release Notes

Dark and intensely purple right up to the rim. On the nose, a restrained and subtle aroma of rockrose and gum-cistus. On the mouth the Dow’s 2003 has powerful and rich tannins with immense ripe fruit flavours. There are layers of bitter chocolate flavours with the characteristic freshly-ground black pepper finish. Less intensely sweet than all other leading Vintage Ports, Dow’s 2003 has the thoroughbred drier style that will give excellent ageing potential.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,58
Baumé: 3,7

Tasting Notes

Symington Family Tasting Room critic

Symington Family Estates source
2014 tasting note year

Dow’s 2003 Vintage has a deep ruby colour. On the nose intense and complex aromas of rockrose combined with ripe red and black fruits. On the palate the wine is powerful and full-bodied with ripe tannins, rich fruit and layers of bitter chocolate flavours with the characteristic freshly ground pepper finish. This wine has excellent ageing potential and needs about 8 more years in bottle to reach its ideal state of maturity, after which it will age superbly for decades.

Roger Voss critic

Wine Enthusiast (magazine) source
2012 tasting note year

A powerhouse, but one that shows a certain degree of lushness to its robust blackberry and mint flavors.  Finishes long and minerally, bolstered by slightly drying tannins. Should be more approachable by 2015 and last for three decades beyond that.

Score: 93/100

James Suckling critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2006 tasting note year

Aromas of blackberry and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of sweetness, fine tannins and a caressing, textured finish. Refined.

Score: 93/100

Pierre Rovani critic

Wine Advocate (magazine) source
2005 tasting note year

The complex aromatics of the opaque, black-colored 2003 Dow Vintage Port display chocolate, dried oak, black cherries, blackberries, copious spices, and a myriad flowers. This fresh, backward wine offers a medium to full-bodied, deeply concentrated core of spice-laced dark fruits. Softly-textured and seductive in the mid-palate, it boasts abundant layers of candied Damson plums, blueberries, black cherries, molasses, and hints of chocolate before revealing its firm structure.  Extremely youthful and primary, this exceptional effort demands patience. Projected maturity: 2025-2045+.

Score: 94/100

Roy Hersh critic source
2005 tasting note year

Rose petals and violets waft from within the glass and the nose is just fantastic. Seemingly more fruity than typical for Dow, the palate provides powerful plum and cassis with a mouth feel that takes a minute to figure out. Everything is big here: the fruit is ripe and concentrated, the tannins are chewy and astringent, while the acidity acts as the life support system at its core.

Score: 95+/100

Joshua Greene critic

Wine and Spirits (magazine) source
2005 tasting note year

The black kernel of flavour that often forms the core of a Dow vintage is there in this wine, surrounded in ‘03 by juicy sweetness. Firm, bitter chocolate tannins are present behind the lush, honeyed fruit. Savoury herbs parallel the sweeter, floral tones.

Score: 92/100

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.

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