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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Dow's Vintage Port
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Dow's Vintage Port 2016

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalThe principal part of the 2016 Dow Vintage Port is sourced from the Vinha dos Ecos vineyard. Now thirty years old it yielded a tiny 0.68 kg/vine from mostly touriga franca. From nearby Vale Botelhos, winemaker Charles Symington chose Sousão to bring colour and freshness to the mix, with another piece from Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira adding touriga nacional and alicante bouschet. This is a sensational Dow and one of the best I have tasted since the 1963. It’s all here intense fruit, perfect acidity and spirited smoked, black fruit, exotic orange and a savoury undercurrent. So impressive and so young. One for collectors to savour for decades.Tasted: 23 May 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 95.00 en primeur $99 / at release $120 BC 50.00 375 en primeur $50 / at release $62 Producer: Symington Family Estates - Dow's PortDistributors: The Bacchus Group Inc.
Blend: Touriga Nacional - Touriga Franca - Tinta Roriz - Tinta BarrocaCSPC: 096453UPC: 5010867205246