(From 2000 Vintage) Dow’s Vintage Ports are only produced in years of exceptional quality and represent only a very small part of the total company’s production in that year. On average only two or three times every ten years are the weather conditions sufficiently good to allow for the making of Dow’s Vintage Port. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Dow’s Vintage Ports have been landmark wines in virtually every great year, consistently setting the standards amongst all Port houses. Vintage Ports such as the remarkable Dow 1896, the 1927, 1945, 1955, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1980 and the Dow 1994 are all legends in the history of this great wine. These Ports are still magnificent today, even when 50 or over 100 years old. Few wines can claim this quality and this pedigree.
(From 1997 Vintage) Tasting Notes :Vintage Port is the outstanding wine of an outstanding year. Perhaps on average only three times in a decade is the weather suitable for the declaration of a Vintage year and only a small handful of vineyards in the Alto Douro produce wines of the potential to become Vintage Port. The wine is aged for two to two and a half years in wood before being bottled, unfiltered. The pride of every shipper, Vintage Port can be purchased at once and allowed, over many years, to mature and develop a unique character, completely different from all wood-aged Port. Dows is perhaps best known for its read more...Vintages, which command high prices at auction, reflecting their excellence. (hide)
Robert Parker(From 2000 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/17/2002
Robert Parker(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 01/20/2000
Wine Spectator(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/2000
Wine & Spirits(From 1997 Vintage) The complex aromatics of the opaque, black-colored 2003 Dow Vintage Port display chocolate, dried oak, black cherries, blackberries, copious spices, and a myriad of flowers. A fresh, backward wine, it 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: 2025ndash;2045+.
Wine Advocate(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 161 on Oct-05