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Dow's Vintage Port 2007

Port from Portugal
  • WS100
  • WE96
  • RP96
  • ST95
  • W&S94
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Winemaker 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.

Critical Acclaim

WS 100
Wine Spectator

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.

WE 96
Wine Enthusiast

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.

RP 96
The Wine Advocate

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.

ST 95
International Wine Cellar

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.

W&S 94
Wine & Spirits

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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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.

Santa Maria Valley

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district...

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely east to west starting near the coast, allowing Pacific Ocean air to funnel through and cool the vineyards. This allows grapes to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, this creates an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has proven quite successful in the region as well. Many vineyards here are owned by growers who sell their grapes to wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottle from different wineries. Bien Nacido is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow...

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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