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Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2015

Release Notes

Harvesting began on the 8th September at Senhora da Ribeira with the young vines but Charles Symington and his viticultural team were aware of the rain forecast for the 15th, which duly arrived and was then followed by fine weather. Picking of the finest Touriga Nacional, planted in the high east-facing Vinha Grande vineyard was started on the 23rd September and the Touriga Franca, from the lower, southerly facing Pedreira vineyard, took place from the 30th September. All were in exceptionally fine condition having benefited wonderfully from the recent rain. 

The best Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca were fermented in the estates lagares together with some Sousão, producing a Port of exceptionally intense, purple-black color with complexity fine tannins and balanced acidity.

Tasting Notes

Symington Family Estates critic

SFE Tasting Room source
2017 tasting note year
Firm, intense and focused in the classic Dow style. Aromatic with typical floral violet aromas. Shows undertones of recently tilled earth with peppery tannins. Dark chocolate notes present.

Richard Mayson critic

Decanter (Dec. 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
A small estate in the Douro Superior that has long formed part of Dow's vintage blend. Deep, brooding aroma; initially rich and succulent with ripe plum and berry fruit compote, well-structured with a big, bold and rather austere, dry but powerful tannic finish. Typically Dow in style, works well in a super-ripe year like this.

Score: 94

Roger Voss critic

Wine Enthusiast (Oct.15 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
Rich and fruity, this wine is packed with intense black-currant flavors. It is perfumed, ripe with a good tannic background. The density of the wine and the firm structure point to a long aging process. Drink this beautifully structured wine from 2026.

Score: 93

Jancis Robinson MW critic (May 2017) source
2017 tasting note year
South-facing property in the Douro Superior; 20 ha, some right by river and others east-facing higher up. The latter part is planted with Touriga Nacional, which suffers in the heat. 35% Touriga Nacional from here and 50% Touriga Franca, which enjoys the heat, from south-facing vineyards by the river. Yields of just 700 g per vine. Co-fermented with Sousão, picked about 22 September, and then other lots picked a week later. Sousão brings acidity and colour. Made using a new destemmer that allows some (often raisined) grapes to remain on the stems. 700 cases. Very dark purple even though 20% of the volume is colourless spirit! Rich, buttery nose with a hint of balsam. Some high-toned floral aromas too. Not that heavy or dense on the palate and very dry finish. Very Dow! Neat and long term.

Score: 17.5

Axel Probst critic source
2017 tasting note year
Highly reflective, deep red color. Balanced, floral-fresh cassis and chocolate, cherry and blackberry. Compact structure of acid and tannins on the palate, black currant and pickled cherry.

Score: 17+/20

Mark Squires critic

Robert Parker • The Wine Advocate source
2017 tasting note year
The 2015 Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira, the Douro Superior quinta, is a blend of Touriga Franca 55%, Touriga Nacional 35% and Sousão 10%. It comes in at 98 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a relatively big boy on first taste, showing good structure and a mouth-coating demeanor. The delicious flavors, laced with cherry-chocolate and some mint, make it enticing, not just well structured. This is a lovely single-quinta that should age pretty well and still be approachable young. As it sat and aired, it became a bit more mute. It did seem to come around very fast, and it was not quite as impressive as the initial tastes suggested. It is still pretty delicious and it should hold well. This has been released. There were 700 cases produced, plus some large-format bottles.

Score: 93

Derek Smedley MW critic

2017 tasting note year
Tasted at the Symington 2015 Port tasting May 2017    The nose is dominated by red fruits the palate muscular fresh in the middle bright acidity. Expressive the fruit underpinned by mineral but at the back there is brooding richness depth of fruit. The finish is lighter fragrant stylish with red and blackcurrants.

Score: 96

Alex Bridgeman critic

The Port Forum source
2017 tasting note year
700 cases produced. Maroon with a slight blue tone, opaque. A lovely fruit-forward nose with lots of blackcurrant and a touch of lavender; very nice but less pronounced than the Graham Stone Terraces shown first at this tasting. A joyous nose. Languid on entry, beautifully balanced with sweet fruit and soft tannins. A huge mouthful of fruit with generous levels of sweet blackcurrant and a delicious fragrance. The balance is the overwhelming impression and gives great pleasure from simply holding the wine on the palate and mixing it with air to release the fragrances. Sweet, slightly sticky , fruit and a finish that gets chewy at the end of the very, very long finish. Nice, balanced and very elegant.

Score: 92-94/100

Richard Mayson critic source
2017 tasting note year
From a small but magnificent estate in the Douro Superior, much of it south facing. This wine came from the old, inter-planted vineyards and relatively late picked Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca picked on 23rd and 30th September respectively. The grapes were foot trodden in the traditional manner in small granite lagares at the quinta. Very low yields: just 0.65 kg per vine. Deep, dense, brooding aromas, even after two days on ullage; seemingly rich and succulent initially with ripe plum and berry fruit compote, well-structured with a big, bold and rather austere, dry but powerful tannic finish. Foursquare. Very typically Dow in style, works well in a super-ripe vintage like this. 700 cases produced.

Score: 17.5

James Suckling critic

James Suckling source
2017 tasting note year
Wonderfully aromatic with dark berry and stone character. Violets as well. Full to medium body. Precise and focused tannins. Lightly sweet. Ripe fruit and chocolate undertones. Firm and rich. 700 cases. Needs at least five years of bottle age.

Score: 93

Manuel Carvalho critic

Público newspaper source
2015 tasting note year
Renowned as the source of magnificent single quintas (and the backbone of the great Dow’s Vintages), the Senhora da Ribeira comes out shining among the 2015s. More understated, but no less sophisticated; on the nose shows herbal and wild berry notes — an absolutely imposing Vintage. Its structure, volume and tannic scope guarantee intense impact on the palate, simultaneously solemn and complex. Its freshness is long-lasting and delicious.

Score: 97

José João Santos critic

Revista de Vinhos source
2017 tasting note year
Very deep-coloured. Floral nose with brambly fruit notes. Red fruits preserve. Structured and super concentrated with weighty volume which does not overwhelm due to its fantastic freshness. Still wild and with a very long finish, demanding patience to tame its rebellious, austere character.

Score: 18/20


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More about Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira

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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