Dow's Port

dow-vintage-portFor over 200 years, the name Dow has been associated with fine Port from the Upper Douro Valley. Dow’s are known for their superbly concentrated wines; intense and tannic when young, maturing to a superlative racy elegance with violet and mint aromas. Their distinctive drier finish is the hallmark of Dow’s Port wines. James Suckling of the Wine Spectator tasted a Dow’s port over a hundred years after its bottling, an 1896, and described it as: “…an amazing ruby colour with a garnet edge, it smelled of raisins, black pepper and berries. It was full-bodied, with masses of fruit intertwined with layers of velvety tannins. It was superb.”

The story of this House is unusual – rather than a British merchant journeying to Oporto, it was Bruno da Silva who travelled from Oporto to London. Importing wine from his home country, he was quickly accepted into London society and gained a fine reputation for his wines. With the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars, many merchants ceased shipping rather than coming under fire in the Bay of Biscay, but da Silva obtained Royal permission to arm his ships. Securing safe passage, his became the first and only port shipper to use its own armed protection for transport across the Bay. In 1877, the company merged with Dow & Co. With the merger, it was decided to keep the brand name as ‘DOW’S’, the name remaining to this day.

Dow's owns the Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira vineyards and, using these, even on undeclared years produces some truly superb Single Quinta port wines.

47 products found.

Dow's Port, 1962

Vintage Port

The Dows 1962 is a very rare Vintage Port. The bottles were registered at the institute but never declared. Deeper orange red compared to the 1960. Fine nose of peppery sweet fruit with some balsamic tones, honey cake, beef soup and Indian spices. The fine elegant start of taste is smooth, refined and mouth filling. A well balanced vintage port with medium length. All there in a more approachable style. A very nice vintage port which was just bound to be forgotten once the strong classic 1963’s were ageing in the cellar. Last tasted July 2017. (Christies Tasting Note)
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Price: £545.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1960

Vintage Port

This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port. The 1960 is a classic, a monumental, rich, still tannic wine

Reviews
"Superbly balanced and at its peak. Light ruby with a garnet edge, a rich coffee and chocolate nose, medium-bodied, with lovely balanced fruit and coffee flavours and a long, silky finish. A joy to drink." James Suckling - Vintage Port Book
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 19 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1955

Vintage Port

Still very deep in colour, only just browning on the rim; extraordinaily fresh, powerful, tight-knit bitter chocolate aromas, minty fruit; very fine and focused, dry in characteristic Dow style, remarkably fresh ripe, minty fruit. Absolutely delicious. Just about as good as it gets. Score: 5 Stars
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Price: £495.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1955

Vintage Port (labelled with embossed capsule)

Still very deep in colour, only just browning on the rim; extraordinaily fresh, powerful, tight-knit bitter chocolate aromas, minty fruit; very fine and focused, dry in characteristic Dow style, remarkably fresh ripe, minty fruit. Absolutely delicious. Just about as good as it gets. Score: 5 Stars
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Price: £495.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1955

Vintage Port

Still very deep in colour, only just browning on the rim; extraordinaily fresh, powerful, tight-knit bitter chocolate aromas, minty fruit; very fine and focused, dry in characteristic Dow style, remarkably fresh ripe, minty fruit. Absolutely delicious. Just about as good as it gets. Score: 5 Stars
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Price: £495.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1950

Vintage Port (Unlabelled embossed capsules)

Sexy, silky and delicious. Deep garnet with a ruby center, cassis and plum aromas, medium-bodied, with delicious, delicate plum flavours, a silky texture and a super finish.
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Price: £595.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1950

Vintage Port (Unlabelled rewaxed capsules id from cork)

Sexy, silky and delicious. Deep garnet with a ruby center, cassis and plum aromas, medium-bodied, with delicious, delicate plum flavours, a silky texture and a super finish.
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Price: £395.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1947

Vintage Port

From the outstanding 1947 vintage, this stunning port is deep and rich with nice weight and a dry liquorice finish. Light tawny color with spicy aromas and a hint of balsam, but the palate delivers very sweet, smoky plum, herbs and mint characteristics. Well balanced and with good length on the finish.
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Price: £695.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1945

Vintage Port (Mid shoulder)

Axel Probst
"One of the darkest red colours on the night. Fresh and complex coffee and fruits on the nose, fading residual fruit. A very balanced palate, with a noticeable acidity and a strong aftertaste".
World of Fine Wine
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Price: £650.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1945

Vintage Port Base of neck

Axel Probst
"One of the darkest red colours on the night. Fresh and complex coffee and fruits on the nose, fading residual fruit. A very balanced palate, with a noticeable acidity and a strong aftertaste.
World of Fine Wine
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Price: £1100.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1942

Vintage Port - capsule damaged and rewaxed - good label

A very rare wartime vintage.


Provenance:
No Dow vintages were formally declared during the war.
However it was common practice for shippers to bottle a small quantity of port to lay down. There was a shortage of part in the UK in the late 50's and the wine society brought up all of the bin ends of mature port - including some 1940's undeclared port. This bottle originates from the wine society purchase.
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Price: £2900.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1934

Vintage port - Berry Brothers Capsule

Colour, Mature tawny in colour. Bouquet, Rich malty and nutty in the nose. Taste, Delicious roasted nuts. Mature. Still some sweetness. Wonderful finish. An attractive old port. Review on vintageport.se
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Price: £1995.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1927

Vintage Port (UK Bottled Hatch Mansfield)

Vintage Port (book, Suckling, 1990)
This was the second bottle I tasted within a span of four months. The first was more like a 20 year old Tawny. Medium red with a garnet rim, cherry and blackberry aromas, medium to light-bodied, with a lovely, delicate mouth-feel, quite dry, with elegant cherry flavours and a medium finish.

Michael Broadbent MW
Vintage Wine (book, Broadbent, 2002)
Late 1980s: palish rosy-tinged tawny; light, spicy, high-toned, madeira-like bouquet; still fairly sweet, medium weight, faded though remnants of power, good length, acidity.


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Price: £1875.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1920

Vintage Port (Very Top Shoulder)


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Price: £1695.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dow's Port, 2013

Quinta de Senhora Ribera MAGNUM bottle, (Comes in original Dow's Box as illustrated)

1 MAGNUM Bottles (1 x 150cl).

Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira is set in the remote, hot and dry Douro Superior and commands a magnificent north bank position.

Senhora da Ribeira’s wines are some of the finest in the Douro and they complement those from Bomfim in the composition of Dow’s classic Vintage Ports. The quinta’s high proportion of old vines (45% are over 25 years old) is of critical importance. The old vines are very low-yielding, producing on average less than 1Kg of grapes each, giving intense and concentrated musts which are ideal for classic Vintage Port.
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Price: £109.00
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Dow's Port, 2000

Vintage Port

**94 Points** Robert Parker
"An opaque blue/purple colour (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, licorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030." Robert Parker



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Price: £79.95
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Dow's Port, 1997

Vintage Port

1997 Dow's displays a dark ruby/purple colour, attractive liquorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee aromas, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a moderately tannic finish. This excellent vintage port should drink well until 2030+

Rating 90 Points Outstanding
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Price: £69.95
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Dow's Port, 1995

Quinta do Bomfin Vintage Port

Quinta do Bomfim , Dow's finest vineyard, acquired and planted by the firm in 1980, is situated in perhaps the most favourable location in the Upper Douro. This quinta classified 'A' grade, forms the core of Dow's famed Vintage Ports. In 'non-declared' years, the quinta produces wines of consistently high quality, which are selected and bottled as Dow's Quinta do Bomfim. These wines are treated in all respects as Vintage Port and therefore should be stored lying down and decanted before serving. Quinta do Bomfim wines are normally ready to drink from about its tenth year but will also benefit by keeping for many more years.
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Price: £49.95
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Dow's Port, 1992

Quinta do Bonfim

(a very rare bottle from the 1992 vintage)

*** 93 Points - Robert Parker ***

Reviews

Robert Parker 93 points
“Dow's 1992 Quinta do Bomfim is an expressive, fragrant, up-front style of port with a pungent, peppery, floral, cassis-scented nose, full-bodied, rich, chewy, ripe flavors, light tannin, and sensational extract and length. The wine explodes on the back of the palate, announcing its considerable richness and intensity. This port should drink well young, and last for 30 years.”
Wine Spectator 92 points.
"Much better than from barrel. Perhaps better than Dow's blended 1991 vintage Port.
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Price: £99.00
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Dow's Port, 1977

Vintage Port

Medium cranberry red center and slight bricking on the edge. Intoxicating floral fragrance that filled the room, during its nine hour decant; accented by anise, plum and raspberry notes and a bit of spirit. Fresh, fleshy grape, dark cherry and fig flavors melded with underpinnings of licorice, chocolate and warming spirit. It's developing into a stunning middle-aged Port at 34 years of age, with little signs of nearing peak yet. Rich and multi-faceted, smooth and velvety ... even more so the second day it was opened. The acidity was near perfect and the tannins are tame but omnipresent; while the finish was spicy, warm and extremely long.
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Price: £129.00
Stock: Out of Stock

Dow's Port, 1977

Vintage Port

Medium cranberry red center and slight bricking on the edge. Intoxicating floral fragrance that filled the room, during its nine hour decant; accented by anise, plum and raspberry notes and a bit of spirit. Fresh, fleshy grape, dark cherry and fig flavors melded with underpinnings of licorice, chocolate and warming spirit. It's developing into a stunning middle-aged Port at 34 years of age, with little signs of nearing peak yet. Rich and multi-faceted, smooth and velvety ... even more so the second day it was opened. The acidity was near perfect and the tannins are tame but omnipresent; while the finish was spicy, warm and extremely long.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: Out of Stock

Dow's Port, 1970

Vintage Port

Reviews:
Sweet, voluptuous bouquet. Coffee and cinnamon tastes. So beautifully balanced and elegant. Stunningly poised. A 1970 like this is sheer perfection and exactly what great, mature Vintage Port should be.
Serena Sutcliffe , CUISINE & WINE ASIA 2008 VOLUME 12
01/01/2008

“Exceptionally deep crimson with remarkably little evolution and few orangey hints. Very lively, even a hint of orange peel. Lots of concentration and life. Quite animal too. Very sweet and impressive with a great combination of richness and structure. This is serious wine with a serious future. Long and well balanced”.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: Out of Stock