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Dow Port 1977

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Tasting Notes Vivid ruby/garnet colour, with a soft bouquet of ripe concentrated fruit, plums, black cherry and hints of chocolate. On the palate full-bodied, with an iron back-bone of mature tannins andacidity. A long and elegantly dry finish. The Viticultural Year After a wet and cold spring, the weather from August onwards could not have been more perfect. A small harvest of very healthy grapes was gathered under ideal conditions a week earlier than usual. An excellent vintage producing full, extremely rich, powerful and concentrated wines Wine Specifications Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.28 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 2.9

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Currently six members of the Symington family are fully engaged in the management of Dow’s, they represent the 12th and 13th generations involved in the Port trade via their great grandmother Beatrice Atkinson and over 350 years since their ancestors played a significant role in laying the foundations of the Port trade. Together with the family’s other Port firms, Dow’s is the only surviving in... Read more
Currently six members of the Symington family are fully engaged in the management of Dow’s, they represent the 12th and 13th generations involved in the Port trade via their great grandmother Beatrice Atkinson and over 350 years since their ancestors played a significant role in laying the foundations of the Port trade. Together with the family’s other Port firms, Dow’s is the only surviving independent Port producer in the hands of just one family amongst all the great historic Port companies. Following the great investments made in vineyards in the late 19th century, the company was one of the first to build a modern winery in the region in 1964, later to be adapted to become one of the first wineries with temperature control in all its fermentation tanks. In 1997, the company built a new winery at Quinta do Sol, widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative in Portugal. This was a major investment for the Symington family. The company’s commitment to top quality vineyard ownership, winemaking and the finest Ports remains at the heart of this family business. Peter Symington and his son Charles, Dow’s principal wine makers, have between them been nominated ‘Fortified Wine Maker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge a record seven times. These awards are testament to Dow’s reputation as one of the finest premium Port producers. Read less

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Snooth User: Roy Hersh
2857156
4.50 5
02/05/2008

Decanted 10 hours prior to service. At 6 hours, it was overpowering and still showing some spirit on the nose and finish. The '77 Dow's needs little introduction and is a very big wine, as is its older brother from 1970. Still showing dark ruby-purple with a suggestion of age showing on the edge, but its core is opaque. Lovely fragrances that depict just picked plums I did so yesterday, a malt character which I don't often sense and an herbal note as well. The concentrated and fleshy juice is packed with powerful, dense dark berry fruit, highlighted by a touch of spicy licorice and cedar. I really like this wine yet it is young and brooding if not reticent still, kind of like driving a Ferrari in traffic. The richness and wonderfully smooth mouthfeel is met with omnipresent yet round tannins that meld into a sublime, lengthy and juicy finish that is somewhat drying. A decade from now the Dow 1977 is going to be a heck of a mature Port that won't even have reached its peak!


Snooth User: Robert Parker
6445403
4.50 5
02/05/2008

This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years.


Snooth User: jwz203
357868
5.00 5
02/05/2008

Exceptional, decanted twice and improved in taste and feel into day 2 of drinking.


Snooth User: garrettmurray
8443324
0.00 5
11/06/2008

This is a test review...


Snooth User: scdude
982707
4.00 5
11/17/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Dow Port

External Review
03/23/2009

Dow’s Vintage Ports are only produced in years of exceptional quality and represent only a very small part of the total company’s production in that year. On average only two or three times every ten years are the weather conditions sufficiently good to allow for the making of Dow’s Vintage Port. Dow's Vintage Ports are drawn from the companies' finest vineyards; Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira. Each property contributes to the Dow’s unique and distinctive style. Over the centuries, the Dow winemakers have evolved a style that suits the house’s key vineyards; fermentations are a little longer, resulting in a drier Port Wine that has become the hallmark of Dow’s. Abundant fruit flavours with hints of ripe blackberries, give elegance and poise to Dow’s. The nose is deep and powerful with strong overtones of violets when young, these mature into fine cinnamon and rose-tea aromas with age. The very high percentage of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional planted on the vineyards result in the powerful structure and aging potential of Dow’s Vintage Ports. 1977 is considered one of the very finest Vintages of the 2nd half of the 20th Century. Vivid ruby/garnet colour, with a soft bouquet of ripe concentrated fruit, plums, black cherry and hints of chocolate. A long and elegantly dry finish.


External Review
09/22/2010

This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1977 Dow Vintage Port 750ml


External Review
01/12/2010

Wine Spectator Rating 94


External Review
01/12/2010

Wine Advocate Rating 93



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Tasting Notes Vivid ruby/garnet colour, with a soft bouquet of ripe concentrated fruit, plums, black cherry and hints of chocolate. On the palate full-bodied, with an iron back-bone of mature tannins andacidity. A long and elegantly dry finish. The Viticultural Year After a wet and cold spring, the weather from August onwards could not have been more perfect. A small harvest of very healthy grapes was gathered under ideal conditions a week earlier than usual. An excellent vintage producing full, extremely rich, powerful and concentrated wines Wine Specifications Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.28 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 2.9

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