2017 Dow's Vintage Port

98 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
In stock
A "simply glorious" Port from a great vintage. This rendition of Dow's is one of the dryer and more reticent, more "cerebral" wines of the vintage. But it also has one of the longest drinking windows, being destined for a long development but with an earlier than usual entry point. Notably high scoring, this Dow's is sure to please.
$180.00 in mixed 6+ or $200.00 per bottle

Grape

Mainly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca

Its Origins

What The Critics Say

98/100 Vinous, Neil Martin

"The 2017 Dow’s Vintage Port showed a slight reduction and required more time to really open in the glass. Typical of Dow’s it has a more backward and introspective bouquet compared to its peers, scents of blackberry, clove, wild mint, cassis and vanilla, gradually gaining more intensity with aeration. The palate is simply glorious. It is built around a compelling tannic frame that seems finer than any Dow’s I have encountered apart from the ethereal 2011. There is so much energy coiled up in this Port, a sense of symmetry that is enthralling and yet you just know that it needs to be cellared for 15-20 years for it to reveal its full potential. For serious Port-lovers. One of the vintages most cerebral offerings. Total production is 5,250 cases." Drink 2030 - 2080

97/100 Decanter, Richard Mayson

"Based on fruit from the predominantly south-facing Quinta do Bomfim in the Cima Corgo and Quinta Senhora da Ribeira in the Douro Superior, with Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca making up 80% of the blend. This is opaque and closed in but powerfully ripe with underlying pure berry fruit. It’s seemingly quite introverted compared to some of its peers at this stage, but it’s still full, rich and opulent on the palate. It also shows the latent power of the vintage, made as it is in a slightly drier style (3.4 Baumé), with lovely minty fruit and full, ripe sinewy tannins all the way through the finish. Long and lithe, and very fine." Drink 2035 - 2060

18/20 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding MW

"Black core with purple rim. Very different from the Stone Terraces just tasted, sweet and somehow more lifted as if more volatile. Hedgerow fruits on the nose, floral too, and again that real sweetness of fruit on the palate. Intense, firmly built but very generous in its sweet fruit character even if not analytically sweeter. Fine-grained but still grainy tannins with some hints of dried fruits on the finish. When I tasted this a second time on a different occasion, it seemed much fresher and more vibrant so I increased my score and lengthened the drinking window. (JH)20%. Drink 2025 - 2057

Variety Port
Region Douro
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 20.00%
Maturity 2025 - 2080

This Wine Goes Well With

with BLUE CHEESE
with DESSERT
with STRONG CHEESE

Taste

4

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