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Dow's Late Bottle Vintage 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

While the last fermentations are ending at the time of writing, it is clear that there are some very fine tanks and casks of Port from the 2006 harvest amongst the total wine made this year. Overall it can be said that the average quality of wine made is reasonably good throughout the valley. Charles Symington, October 2006

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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: rckr1951
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3.50 5
05/22/2016

It is wonderful when these age and you get to the stage that the black and blueberry notes combine with butterscotch, a slight peppery note and a chocolate following. Lip smacking good....with French vanilla ice cream, chocolate brownies and the port drizzled over them. Drink now - Paul 90 oints


Snooth User: chriscage
481309803
4.50 5
08/04/2016

Just getting the beginnings of tawny around the edges in my port glass, this is burgundy/purple with black raspberry coloration. The aromas are of wild black currant, sweet velvety concord grape, cinnamon, chocolate, soft vanilla oak, blueberry and blackberry. Flavors are superb...sweet rum cake, raisin, concentrated black currant and blueberry to a lesser extent, silky vanilla bean, hints of milky chocolate, cinnamon, peppery alcohol, fig/plum subtlety and slightly dried fruit finish....excellent! Mouthfeel is silk on the palate, bursting with flavor, smooth and very well hidden alcohol, and plenty of fiery baking spice right at the finish! Simply a great LBV year!!


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Tasting Notes:

Dow’s 2006 Late Bottled Vintage has a deep opaque ruby colour with a red rim. On the nose showing a striking aromatic display of lovely rich fresh blackberries and dark plums combined with concentrated scents of summer violets, roses, and peppery spices. On the palate with perfect balance and good length, it is packed with mouth-filling flavours of gummy dark berries, black cherries and floral hints. A fine lean tannic structure leads to a crisp long and slightly dry finish.

While the last fermentations are ending at the time of writing, it is clear that there are some very fine tanks and casks of Port from the 2006 harvest amongst the total wine made this year. Overall it can be said that the average quality of wine made is reasonably good throughout the valley. Charles Symington, October 2006

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Closure: Composite Cork (Diam)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 20%
Total Acidity: 4.6 grams per liter

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