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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—and makes you happy. This is mind-blowing in texture. The greatest Dow ever made. Best after 2022. 6,200 cases made.
The 2007 Dow’s Vintage Port is one of the stars of the vintage. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up an already complex bouquet of mineral, pencil lead, licorice, spice box, and assorted black fruits. On the palate it is quite massive, slightly dry in the house style, and packed with fruit. It has the structure to be one of the long distance runners of the vintage taking as much as 20 years to reach its peak and drinking well through 2050. As an aside, I was able to taste the individual components of this wine on the day prior to this tasting. The final blend is better than any of its parts.
For over 200 years, Dow’s has been producing traditional style Port. Despite hardships such as war, disease, and economic downturn, the house continues to be associated with some of the finest vineyards in the Upper Douro Valley. It all started in 1798 when Portuguese merchant Bruno da Silva moved to London to import wine from his home country. In 1868, Bruno’s son, John, partnered with Frederick Cosens, George Acheson Warre, and, ultimately, Dow & Co., a highly regarded Port producer at the time, to become what is known today as Dow’s Vintage Port. >/p>
The house currently owns four distinct vineyards in the Upper Douro Valley that produce grapes that bring different characteristics to the Port blend. The Quinta do Bomfim is their vineyard that produces the highest quality fruit and gives the ports their backbone and structure. Although most of the winemaking process of Port is now made in a more modern fashion, a small portion uses the time-honored tradition of lagares or foot treading in shallow tanks. This can be seen as a metaphor that shows how even though Dow’s has evolved with the times; their value is in the rich history of one of the most significant port houses in the entire country.
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