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Dow Vintage Port 1994

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The good colour extraction experienced during this vintage together with the excellent ripe fruit characteristics is likely to ensure that this will be one of the finest Vintage Ports produced during the last 20 to 30 years.

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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 Vintage Port

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/05/2009

The massive 1994 is unquestionably the finest Dow I have tasted since the 1977. This opaque purple-colored wine is not as developed or flamboyant as Fonseca, but it is super-concentrated and multi-layered, with huge masses of fruit and some tannin in... Robert Parker. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1994 Dow Vintage Port 750ml


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewA blackstrap, powerful Port. Black, with intense aromas of raspberries, raisins, flowers and stems. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a long, rich finish. Tannins pull at your palate. A wine for the future. Best after 2008.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The massive 1994 is unquestionably the finest Dow I have tasted since the 1977. This opaque purple-colored wine is not as developed or flamboyant as Fonseca but it is super-concentrated and multi-layered with huge masses of fruit and some tannin in the finish. This is a slightly drier style than Fonseca or Graham s but it appears to be a classic majestic enormously constituted 1994 that should age effortlessly for three decades or more. It is one of the stars of the vintage. Anticipated mat


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The massive 1994 is unquestionably the finest Dow I have tasted since the 1977. This opaque purple-colored wine is not as developed or flamboyant as Fonseca, but it is super-concentrated and multi-layered, with huge masses of fruit and some tannin in... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1994 Dow Vintage Port 375ml



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The good colour extraction experienced during this vintage together with the excellent ripe fruit characteristics is likely to ensure that this will be one of the finest Vintage Ports produced during the last 20 to 30 years.

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