Dow's Late Bottled Vintage Port NV

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Dow’s Dow’s is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Symington family, Port producers since the 19th Century. The family, whose experience dates back over 100 years, supervises all the vineyards, winemaking and ageing of this wine. Dow’s owns two of the Douro’s finest Quintas, Senhora da Ribeira and Bomfim. They were acquired in 1890 and 1896, making Dow’s one of the first houses to invest in premium vineyards. Late Bottled Vintage Dow’s 2000 Late Bottled Vintage is a wine of a single year but it is not a “declared” Vintage Port. Whereas Vintage Port spends only two years in oak cask and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged in seasoned oak casks and then bottled, when it is between four and six years old. At the time of bottling, Dow’s LBV has completed its maturation and is ready for drinking without the need for decanting. Tasting Notes Excellent deep ruby colour. On the nose brimming with ripe red fruits, combined with spicy and peppery components. On the palate fresh and balanced, full bodied and with a long and lingering finish. The Viticultural Year The year had started in a rather difficult way; wet and damp weather in April and May had a detrimental effect on the flowering. The ‘fruit set’ was poor and yields were dramatically reduced as a result. However the weather in June and July was good and maturity progressed well. With the pre-harvest rain, there was every prospect of a very small but excellent crop. This is exactly what happened. Wine Specifications Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.0 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 3.6

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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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Dow’s Dow’s is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Symington family, Port producers since the 19th Century. The family, whose experience dates back over 100 years, supervises all the vineyards, winemaking and ageing of this wine. Dow’s owns two of the Douro’s finest Quintas, Senhora da Ribeira and Bomfim. They were acquired in 1890 and 1896, making Dow’s one of the first houses to invest in premium vineyards. Late Bottled Vintage Dow’s 2000 Late Bottled Vintage is a wine of a single year but it is not a “declared” Vintage Port. Whereas Vintage Port spends only two years in oak cask and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged in seasoned oak casks and then bottled, when it is between four and six years old. At the time of bottling, Dow’s LBV has completed its maturation and is ready for drinking without the need for decanting. Tasting Notes Excellent deep ruby colour. On the nose brimming with ripe red fruits, combined with spicy and peppery components. On the palate fresh and balanced, full bodied and with a long and lingering finish. The Viticultural Year The year had started in a rather difficult way; wet and damp weather in April and May had a detrimental effect on the flowering. The ‘fruit set’ was poor and yields were dramatically reduced as a result. However the weather in June and July was good and maturity progressed well. With the pre-harvest rain, there was every prospect of a very small but excellent crop. This is exactly what happened. Wine Specifications Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.0 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 3.6

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