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Dow Porto Vintage 1991

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The firmly-structured, moderately tannic, impressively colored and concentrated 1991 Vintage Port is less precocious and more reserved. It may develop along the lines of the stern but powerful 1977. The wine offers a classic display of black fruits, licorice, and chocolate aromas and flavors, as well as a full-bodied, muscular style with considerable tannin and firmness. Give it 10ndash;12 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+.

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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

External Reviews for Dow Porto Vintage

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

The firmly-structured, moderately tannic, impressively colored and concentrated 1991 Vintage Port is less precocious and more reserved. It may develop along the lines of the stern but powerful 1977. The wine offers a classic display of black fruits, licorice, and chocolate aromas and flavors, as well as a full-bodied, muscular style with considerable tannin and firmness. Give it 10ndash;12 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Wild, untamed red currant and cinnamon character adds distinction and spicy zest to the rsquo;91 Dow. The wine is big and all up-front for now mdash; extremely high acidity makes the finish unapproachable. Give it at least five more years to settle down.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Full body. Lots of acid, fruit and tannin. Medium sweetness. Pepper, black cherries, cassis. Tightly wound and closed in with a daunting structure. All components seem to be in place for serious aging.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

[Barrel tasting] Chewy in texture and a real mouthful of flavor, offering layers and layers of berry, plum and spice aromas and flavors that extend into a solid finish. Remains graceful and harmonious, however, suggesting that cellaring until 2010 to 2015 will make it a real beauty.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

One of the great buys in young vintages of Dow. Dark and powerful, its aromas of ripe berry, cherry and raspberry open to a full-bodied palate, with firm tannins and a long, sweet finish. Best after 2005.




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