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Dow, Dow's Port 2016

Subregion Portugal > Port

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and dried flowers plus hints of slate follow through to a full body, very fine tannins and a driven and linear finish. Orange peel and dried fruit. Sleek and racy. Ready to try in 2024.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018

Wood smoke, tobacco the nose has a fragrant mix the palate has depth the richness of ripe fruits. The mid palate has black fruits, ripe figs and molasses a powerful mix of flavours the layers of fruit of sweetness and richness adding to complexity. Firm but fine tannins there is balance, tension with depth on the back palate the finish has a powerful mix of black fruits yet poise and elegance. 2037-60

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018

Saturated purple in colour, this has a very smoky nose of Cuban tobacco, molasses and figs. The palate is firm and powerful, with layer upon layer of sweet and savoury spices. The sweetness is subtle, in the background; firm and chalky tannins and brisk acidity provide the rich structure for long-term ageing. The fruit is ripe and complex, with black cherry and blood orange in perfect poise. This shows great tension, with measured aggression and confidence in its supreme balance. A superb effort that should greatly reward those with the patience to cellar it.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2018

Extremely dark blackish crimson (like Graham 2016!). Rather savoury and minerally on the nose. Such a strong, almost minty personality. Lovely blend of freshness and ripeness, though some may reproach it for slightly less tannins than others. Lovely briny impact. Relatively forward, possibly tempting to drink it quite young?
Drink 2035-2065

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2018

Without the flamboyance and showmanship of Graham’s this is a wine which might, by comparison, seem a little reluctant but this is not the case. Dow’s is controlled, detailed, very fine and it rolls along on the palate for an age. Classy, dense and self-confident, this is a darker-hued creation with calmness and concentration and it is a very successful wine in 2016.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, May 2018

Based on Touriga Franca, followed by Touriga Nacional and Sousão from Quinta do Bomfim at Pinhão and Quinta Senhora da Ribeira in the Douro Superior: fine and focused on the nose, leaner and more restrained in style than either Graham or Quinta do Vesuvio (below) with underlying dusty tannins; rapier like tannins on the palate, ram rod, all the way through with the opulence and flesh of the fruit coming through on the finish. Great purity and expression, the drier style of Dow works well in ripe years like 2016. Outstanding wine for the long term. 5480 cases in total. 19/20

Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com, May 2018
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