#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.
"Amazing aromas of lilac, violet, crushed blueberry and mineral that turn to black pepper and spices follow through
to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a long, chewy finish. Evolves to tar and asphalt. Really held back, yet
powerful grip slaps you. This is mind-blowing in texture. The greatest Dow ever made. Best after 2022."
"This young wine has a very deep purple-black colour with aromas of kirsch, blackberry compote, prunes, licorice, dark chocolate, spice box and a whiff of coffee grounds. An earthy character comes through on the rich, unctuous palate, well structured with firm, finely grained tannins and medium to high acidity. Long finish."
The Wine Advocate
"A solidly structured wine, packed with initially sweet fruit that then becomes drier as the ripe tannins show through. All the ingredients are there, supported by a tense texture to go with the first sweetness. It’s an exciting wine, obviously very ageworthy."
"Deep black-ruby color. Knockout nose offers distinctly wine-like aromas of redcurrant, cedar, licorice and molasses, with a medicinal reserve and a roasted nuance. Classically drier in the Dow style, with superb precision and elegance to the very intense flavors of black fruits, licorice, cedar and minerals. Wonderfully balanced, vinous and seamless young vintage port. Really reverberates on the finish, which boasts superb grip and palate-staining chocolatey persistence. Will be a long-distance runner. "
International Wine Cellar
"The color shows the intense concentration of this wine, its deep purple edge predicting the big bite of fruit up front. The bold berry and plum flavors are round, supple and ripe, completely filling the mouth before settling into the schist of the tannin and the char of the oak. Dow is often compressed and hard to read as a young vintage release: This inky 2007 may well make the current rating seem conservative as it expands with age. Check on it 30 years from the vintage."
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