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Dow's 2007

Release Notes

A tremendously concentrated and robust purple-blue wine. It has the typical Dow dry spiciness with very solid flavours of plums and cassis. The very ripe fruit gives it an amazingly complex finish combining liquorice flavours and bold tannins. A wine that with time will show its true breeding.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,60
Baumé: 3,4

Tasting Notes

Wojciech Bo?kowski (Poland) critic

Author's Blog source
2016 tasting note year

[One of Wojciech Bo?kowski’s “10 Best Wines Tasted at ProWein 2016”] - I’m privileged, perhaps even slightly spoilt to taste many great wines over the year but every now and then there is a bottle to grab hold of you. This 2007 was certainly one of those wines. I could just stand there for minutes, smell and sip shaking my head at the unbelievable balance and flavour. The Symingtons (and their super sales manager João Vasconcelos—thanks!) were generous enough to share a magnum of this. Even though really young, this just has that otherworldly textural quality of top port: an unctuous, oily, almost petrolly solution of black fruits. A 100-point wine if there ever was one.

James Suckling critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2010 tasting note year

Amazing aromas of lilac, violet, crushed blueberry and mineral that turn to black pepper and spices follow through to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a long, chewy finish. Evolves to tar and asphalt. Really held back, yet powerful grip slaps you. This is mind-blowing in texture. The greatest Dow ever made.

Score: 100/100

Jay Miller critic

Wine Advocate (magazine) source
2010 tasting note year

The 2007 Dow’s Vintage Port is one of the stars of the vintage.  A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up an already complex bouquet of mineral, pencil lead, licorice, spice box, and assorted black fruits.  On the palate it is quite massive, slightly dry in the house style, and packed with fruit. It has the structure to be one of the long distance runners of the vintage taking as much as 20 years to reach its peak and drinking well through 2050.  As an aside, I was able to taste the individual components of this wine on the day prior to this tasting.  The final blend is better than any of its parts.

Score: 94/100

critic

Wine Enthusiast (magazine) source
2009 tasting note year

Nº 9 in the Top 100 Cellar Selections list.  A solidly structured wine, packed with initially sweet fruit that then becomes drier as the ripe tannins show through. All the ingredients are there, supported by a tense texture to go with the first sweetness. It's an exciting wine, obviously very ageworthy.

Score: 96/100

Richard Mayson critic

Decanter (magazine) source
2009 tasting note year

Fine, focused, very tight-knit in style, dry and typically Dow... Big, bold, combining power and elegance... Definitely a keeper.

Score: 19/20

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
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  33. 1890


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