Dow's Vintage Port 2011
Port from Portugal
Alcohol By Volume: 20.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Aromatic and floral, with an excellent balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. The palate starts off with fresh green figs and ends with bitter chocolate. There is fresh acidity and a notable minerality, and no hint of any raisining or overripeness on the very long finish.
Dow's 2011 Vintage Port can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts and hard cheeses like mature
Cheddar or even with a soft goat's cheese.
"Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirschand cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages."
"The 2011 Dow Vintage Port was made from no less than 44 separate ferments from finest fruit sourced from Quinta do Bomfim (35% of the blend), Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira (42%) and the Santinho (14%) and Cerdeira (6%) estates. Just six of the best lots were used in the final blend, which consists of 40% Touriga Franca, 36% Touriga Nacional, 10% Sousao and 14% of old vine plantings. It has a beautiful, quite extravagant bouquet with copious black and red fruit, Indian spice, and hints of menthol and orange rind that unfold wonderfully in the glass. The palate is a sumptuous affair, one that is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth, plump tannins, copious black fruit with a harmonious, white pepper-tinged finish that is a decadent delight. This is one of the finest of the declarations of 2011 Vintage Ports, a sublime expression of the vintage you would be foolish not to buy. This is Dow at its best.
The Wine Advocate
"Dow's Vintage is often on release, a kernal of impacted flavor. This vintage is more like a perfect sphere. All the elements are there, from plump, superripe fruit to polished schist tannins, suspended in a round, complete integration that refuses to break apart. Smoky, bright, luscious and bold, it's a wine that's easy t o imagine being still fresh and complex at 50 years old, and it's not a reach to believe it will live well to 80 or 100. this is a blend of Cima Corgo fruit from Bomfim and Duoro Superior power from Senhora da Ribeira."
Wine & Spirits
"Wow. What a sexy nose with aromas of crushed berries, wet earth and pebbles. Full body, medium sweet with an intense and powerful finish. A vintage Port that leaves an impression. 5,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try in 2023."
Port was fine... Fortunately because the cork was dry and broke... Generally not a good sign. Other than that, service and shipping were first-rate
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Learn About Dow's
Dow's has been producing top Ports for over two centuries. One of the first companies to establish its own vineyards, Dow's acquired Senhora da Ribeira, located in the remote Upper Douro, in 1890 and Bomfim, which lies in the heart of Alto Douro, in 1896. Their respective wines, Ribeira with its soft fruit and violet aromas, and Bomfim with its concentrated intensity, provide the backbone to the recognized drier style of Dow's Ports. In 1912, Andrew James Symington became a partner in Dow's and today, five members of the fourth generation Symington family own and manage this historic house.
Learn About Portugal
The country best known for Port,
Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still
wines - but take note! The table wines of the region have improved dramatically in the past few decades. The
winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east.
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Learn About Port
Port is a fortified wine that is made by adding brandy during fermentation. The addition of spirits kills the yeasts,
which in turn halts the fermentation process. This results in a wine both sweet and high in alcohol. Named for its
home city Oporto, true Port must come from the designated area. The grapes used are a blend,, but the favored grape
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