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Dow's Port 1980

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For over two centuries the name of Dow has been associated with the finest Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, the Symington family has built on the legacy of the preceding Silva and Dow families. Dow’s are superbly concentrated wines that are intense and tannic when young, maturing towards a superlative racy elegance with age and scented with violet and mint aromas. Dow’s attractive and distinctive drier finish is the recognisable hallmark of the wines from this great Port house. Despite its 26 years of age, this wine is notable for its deep and rich ruby colour. On the nose, there are complex aromas of red fruit and a touch of pepper and chocolate. Full bodied and still fresh, with good round tannins and the long and slightly dry finish that is characteristic of Dow’s Vintage Port. Wine Spectator's James Suckling said of this wine, “A forgotten wine that has always beenoutstanding. Firm and tight, with raspberry and all-spice character. Full-bodied and sweet, with a long, long finish.”

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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

For over two centuries the name of Dow has been associated with the finest Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, the Symington family has built on the legacy of the preceding Silva and Dow families. Dow’s are superbly concentrated wines that are intense and tannic when young, maturing towards a superlative racy elegance with age and scented with violet and mint aromas. Dow’s attractive and distinctive drier finish is the recognisable hallmark of the wines from this great Port house. Despite its 26 years of age, this wine is notable for its deep and rich ruby colour. On the nose, there are complex aromas of red fruit and a touch of pepper and chocolate. Full bodied and still fresh, with good round tannins and the long and slightly dry finish that is characteristic of Dow’s Vintage Port. Wine Spectator's James Suckling said of this wine, “A forgotten wine that has always beenoutstanding. Firm and tight, with raspberry and all-spice character. Full-bodied and sweet, with a long, long finish.”

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