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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Dow's Vintage Port 1994
Dow's Vintage Port 1994
(search item no. 88956)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1977 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dow's 1994 Vintage Port is drinking beautifully right now – its one of our best vintages in recent history. It balances opulent red fruits with mineral and eucalyptus tones and has the Dow's characteristic drier finish. Its great depth and structure make it delicious now but it will also continue to age in the bottle for years to come. Declared Vintage Port is made only in the best of the best years and represents less than two percent of all Port made. It is sourced from Dow's top vineyards, primarily Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira and aged for two years in barrel before bottling.

Serving and pairing suggestions
Vintage Port needs to be decanted since it is aged in bottle. Serve it in a glass with at least a six ounce capacity so that you may appreciate the wine's aromas. Vintage Port is best served with creamy blue cheeses such as Point Reyes Original Blue or a fine Stilton or Roquefort. Once opened it should be consumed within a few days.

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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.