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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Dow's Vintage Port 2011
Dow's Vintage Port 2011
(search item no. 125741)
collectible wine
has fluid
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Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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:

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.

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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.