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Dows Vintage Port 2016

Port Wine

Regular price $89.99

2016 Dow's
Vintage Port 98-98-98 pts

- Made in the Cima Corgo Douro Valley
- Aged in Porto, Portugal

Simply put, I believe after tasting this for the third time last week, the Dow's 2016 vintage port is a masterpiece.  Traditionalist port lovers may scoff at this, but I think they are not seeing the forest from the trees here.  This wine is multi-faceted in its splendor of aromas, layered yes, but the dimensions here are what really bring me in and keep your attention.  And they spill perfectly into the palate, with energy, length and true complexity like the branches of a tree.  Throw in the perfect structure and acidity in balance with the finesse and completeness if this perfect port wine.

In Pinhao in the heart of the Douro Valley lies Quinta do Bomfim, the home for Dow's that was recently renovated and a full-service winery that many visitors to the Douro Valley.  But, this is not the only source for this wine.  In vintage declared years, fruit also comes from Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira in the Douro Superior.


98 points Vinous
The 2016 Dow’s Vintage Port is based around the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard behind Bomfim, populated predominantly by mature Touriga Franca vines that were cropped at just 0.68kg per vine. It has a quite astonishing bouquet with layer upon layer of intense black cherry and cassis fruit, touches of clove, leather and a hint of over-ripe Satsuma. This is a mercurial bouquet that keeps changing in the glass, revealing smoky/burning ember scents with time. The palate is quite magnificent – perfectly balanced with a killer thread of acidity slicing through such pure intense black fruit that there is no heaviness at all. There is a sense of thrust on the finish as it fans out with almost careless abandon, a Vintage Port so self-assured that you can only sit back in amazement. Simply one of the best Dow’s ever made.

98 points Wine Spectator
This packs a lot of fun, with a wallop of blackberry, fig, boysenberry and açai berry compote flavors working together, laced with a mouthwatering licorice snap note and driven by a fresh, well-detailed finish. A roasted apple wood accent is integrated as well, lending textural contrast through the vivacious finish. Best from 2030 through 2055.

98 points Decanter
Based on Touriga Franca with Touriga Nacional and Sousão. Tight-knit, with firm, rapier-like tannins on the palate – a ramrod all the way through with the opulence and flesh of the fruit on the finish. Fine-grained with great purity and expression. Leaner and much more restrained in style than others: the drier style of Dow works really well in ripe years such as 2016 (as it did in 2011). Outstanding wine for the long term.

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