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Dow Porto Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 1998

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Notes The Senhora da Ribeira 1998 shows all the hallmarks of a classic Dow Vintage, with an intense deep purple colour, on the nose, opulent floral scents of violets and roses. On the palate very ripe berry fruit flavours, with fabulous balance, and elegant but powerful tannins providing a perfect finish. The Viticultural Year After a cold and wet January throughout the Douro, unseasonably hot and dry weather set in suddenly during February and March. This brought about an early bud burst, and by the end of March shoots had already grown up to 30cm in length. During April record rainfall levels were registered both in the Cima Corgo and the Douro Superior, which proved disastrous to flowering and fruit set, and ultimately leading to the smallest vintage for decades. Coupled to this, frosts attacked the higher ground in spring, further reducing production. Yields in the vineyards were very low, down as much as 30% throughout the region, with vines producing in many cases less than 1kg per vine. The damp weather continued during May. In June rainfall returned to normal levels, and from July to early September the weather warmed up, with maximum temperatures recorded between 29º-38ºC in the Cima Corgo and 32º-39ºC in the Douro Superior, which ensured a long uninterrupted ripening period.

Region: Portugal » Douro » Porto
Winery: Dow's
Color: Red
Variety: Port
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Dow's:
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

Tasting Notes The Senhora da Ribeira 1998 shows all the hallmarks of a classic Dow Vintage, with an intense deep purple colour, on the nose, opulent floral scents of violets and roses. On the palate very ripe berry fruit flavours, with fabulous balance, and elegant but powerful tannins providing a perfect finish. The Viticultural Year After a cold and wet January throughout the Douro, unseasonably hot and dry weather set in suddenly during February and March. This brought about an early bud burst, and by the end of March shoots had already grown up to 30cm in length. During April record rainfall levels were registered both in the Cima Corgo and the Douro Superior, which proved disastrous to flowering and fruit set, and ultimately leading to the smallest vintage for decades. Coupled to this, frosts attacked the higher ground in spring, further reducing production. Yields in the vineyards were very low, down as much as 30% throughout the region, with vines producing in many cases less than 1kg per vine. The damp weather continued during May. In June rainfall returned to normal levels, and from July to early September the weather warmed up, with maximum temperatures recorded between 29º-38ºC in the Cima Corgo and 32º-39ºC in the Douro Superior, which ensured a long uninterrupted ripening period.

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