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Dow's 2011

Release Notes

The principal varietals that make up the 2011 are the violety, silky Touriga Franca (40%), the finely balanced Touriga Nacional (36%) which lends tannic structure and fresh acidity, and a small amount of the deep coloured Sousão (10%) as well as 14% of old mixed plantings. 

In terms of the vineyard components, Dow’s own Quinta do Bomfim, with its typical aromas of figs and cocoa powder, represents 35% of the blend, whereas the floral and aromatic, super-concentrated wines from Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira makes up an additional 42%.  Further Douro Superior character is lent by components from Quinta do Santinho (14%) and Quinta da Cerdeira (9%), two vineyards in close proximity to Senhora da Ribeira which are owned by members of the Symington family and managed by Dow’s.

Thanks perhaps to the stellar performance of the Touriga Franca from our vineyards in 2011, the best wines of the year are aromatic and floral, with an excellent balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. The Dow displays its classic tight and austere style but with a nose of cassis and redcurrant. The palate starts off with fresh green figs and ends with bitter chocolate. There is fresh acidity and a notable minerality, and no hint of any raisining or over-ripeness on the very long finish. We are extremely confident that this is a great Dow, showing beautifully today, but with a long life ahead of it.

Production: 5,000 cases - 12/75cl
Winemakers: Charles Symington and João Pedro Ramalho

Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20ºC)
Total acidity – 4.55 (g/l)
Baumé – 3.40

Wine Spectator's 2014 Wine of the Year (#1 in the Annual TOP 100 Wines of the Year Ranking)

Tasting Notes

Kim Marcus critic

Wine Spectator source
2014 tasting note year

Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty.
One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060. 5,000 cases made.

Score: 99 points - 'Classic'.

Sarah Ahmed critic source
2013 tasting note year

Very inky in hue, this is very tight indeed, with classic Dow dryness/austerity – firm tannins and a yet to be mined concentrated seam of minerals, black currant, berry and cherry.  At this very early stage of its life, it means you are more conscious of the spirit, but this positively unshowy Port plainly has a long life ahead given its deep reserves of fruit and imposing structure.  Impressively hewn.

Jamie Goode critic source
2013 tasting note year

Enticing floral nose of blackcurrant bud and spice. The palate is powerful, concentrated and fruity with liqueur-like fruit and some openness. Pretty, pure and concentrated with lovely purity and sweetness.

Score: 93–95/100

Richard Mayson critic source
2013 tasting note year

Made to a slightly drier style, Dow usually does well in a ripe year.  A blend based on Quinta do Bomfim in the Cima Corgo and Senhora da Ribeira in the hotter Douro Superior:  closed on the nose with ripe cassis fruit underlying; firm and a bit boney at this stage (cp the flesh on Grahams) not especially big but fine and sinewy.   2030 – 2050

Score: 4 Stars, 18 Points

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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