A Vintage Port with an exceptional structure
Prestigious House of Port, Dow's has written its letters of nobility in marble with legendary vintages such as the great 2007 (100 points awarded by the Wine Spectator) and 2011.
Born at the dawn of a vintage marked by unusual climatic conditions for the region of the Duriense located northwest of PortugalDow's Vintage Port 2016 is unquestionably one of the House's finest Ports.
Dow's Vintage Port 2016 is made from selected plots of land from Quinta Bomfim (Vinha dos Ecos and Vale Botelhos vineyards) and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira (Vinha Grande vineyard).
The Dow's signature can be recognised from the very first moments of tasting by the intense colour of Dow's Vintage Port 2016. The nose opens up with ripe black fruit and plum notes, highlighting the distinctive mark of the Douro's schist terroir. Fresh notes of lavender and violet follow. On the palate, Dow's Vintage Port 2016 seduces with its depth on the palate which evolves with subtlety revealing the immense structure of this exceptional Port. In what promises to be one of the greatest vintages for Port, Dow's Vintage Port 2016 brilliantly carries on the excellence of Vintage Port, a tradition that is dear to Dow's heart.
Parker : 93 / 100
J. Robinson : 18 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Vintage Port, bottled in May for release in October 2018, is mostly a 48/31 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, with various other grapes and some very old vines for the rest. It comes in with 111 grams of residual sugar. This is a very elegant Dow's, but there is certainly both power and concentration lurking underneath. Adding fine fruit, it is expressive and sophisticated, a very refined offering that seems not quite as burly as in some years. It is still exceptionally appealing, but it was curiously understated when seen. Some bottle shock, perhaps? The fresh 2016 Vintage? This is an illustration of Charles Symington's philosophy, as relayed to me, that the wines should be in harmony from the first day. I don't think this will be a great Dow's, but it is an enjoyable one. If it wakes up, it might be entitled to an uptick. For the moment, between the top blends in the Symington stable, I'd lean to Graham's as the best in this vintage. Both are easily outclassed by the single-plot wines. There were 5,480 cases produced.