Dow's Vintage Port 1997

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The Dow’s 1997 Vintage is an outstanding wine, made slightly drier in the classic Dow tradition, which due to its sup...

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The Dow’s 1997 Vintage is an outstanding wine, made slightly drier in the classic Dow tradition, which due to its superb structure will evolve into a classic vintage port. Very dark opaque purple colour, with a typically spicy nose and intense underlying aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants. On the palate enormous weight and structure with a marvelous balance of dense black fruit flavours wrapped in a tannic cloak. The winter of 1997 was brief albeit short. The lodge at Quinta do Bomfim is only at 100 metres altitude, alongside the banks of the Douro, nevertheless it was completely covered in snow for a few days in January. The weather changed dramatically in February, when daily temperatures were 4 degrees centigrade above average, and no rain fell at Bomfim until March, leading to bud burst some two weeks earlier than usual. Wet weather returned in April and May and temperatures cooled down through to August, allowing for a well balanced maturation. High temperatures throughout the end of August and September brought about an excellent final ripening period. During this time the difference between day time and night time temperatures was higher than usual creating optimum conditions for colour synthesis in the grapes. Picking started at Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira on the 18th September some two weeks after the heavy rainstorms of the end of August. At Bomfim we started picking on 22nd September and ended on 3rd October. Conditions for picking at both Quintas were ideal, cool and dry. Sugar readings averaged an excellent 13º Baumé. Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.35 g/l tartaric acid

The Dow’s 1997 Vintage is an outstanding wine, made slightly drier in the classic Dow tradition, which due to its superb structure will evolve into a classic vintage port. Very dark opaque purple colour, with a typically spicy nose and intense underlying aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants. On the palate enormous weight and structure with a marvelous balance of dense black fruit flavours wrapped in a tannic cloak. The winter of 1997 was brief albeit short. The lodge at Quinta do Bomfim is only at 100 metres altitude, alongside the banks of the Douro, nevertheless it was completely covered in snow for a few days in January. The weather changed dramatically in February, when daily temperatures were 4 degrees centigrade above average, and no rain fell at Bomfim until March, leading to bud burst some two weeks earlier than usual. Wet weather returned in April and May and temperatures cooled down through to August, allowing for a well balanced maturation. High temperatures throughout the end of August and September brought about an excellent final ripening period. During this time the difference between day time and night time temperatures was higher than usual creating optimum conditions for colour synthesis in the grapes. Picking started at Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira on the 18th September some two weeks after the heavy rainstorms of the end of August. At Bomfim we started picking on 22nd September and ended on 3rd October. Conditions for picking at both Quintas were ideal, cool and dry. Sugar readings averaged an excellent 13º Baumé. Alcohol: 20% vol (20ºC) Total acidity: 4.35 g/l tartaric acid

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