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Date Printed: 4/27/2015
Dow's Vintage Port 2007
Dow's Vintage Port 2007
(search item no. 101635)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 4/27/2015: $79.99

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
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: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 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:

#14 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

We are pleased to announce the declaration of our Dow's 2007 Vintage Port, a wine of very great quality with the pedigree of such wines as the Dow's 1896, 1908, 1945, 1966 and 2000. Dow's ranking amongst the finest producers of Vintage Port derives from the excellence of our two vineyards, Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, from which generations of our family have developed the distinctive dry Dow's style.

2007 was undoubtedly one of the best years we have ever seen for Touriga Nacional, a variety that can suffer from excessive heat. The cooler temperatures registered during the final growing period paved the way for ideal maturations, lending the Nacional excellent sugar/acidity balance and ideal phenolic ripeness. We therefore decided on a final blend that comprised of 54% Touriga Nacional. The latter was sourced from low-yielding parcels of the Bomfim vineyard, which produced wines with Dow's typically austere character and also from Senhora da Ribeira which by comparison delivered slightly richer wines.

The other key component (26%) of the Dow's 2007 is the Touriga Franca which realized its full development potential given its late ripening characteristics, well suited to the cooler conditions of the year. Sourced from Senhora da Ribeira and the neighboring and family owned Santinho and Cerdeira vineyards, the Franca shows prominent violet aromas and softer, sweeter tannins which complement the Touriga Nacional.

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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.