Dow's Vintage Port 2016
A magnificent successor to the mighty 2011, sensational would sum it up!
Amazing purple in colour, the nose is balanced with integrated alcohol, amidst enticing aromas of ripe blackberry and damson, cloves, milk chocolate and a wild-violet perfume. Seamlessly textured across the palate with silky, woven tannins, there is a fine balance between alcohol and acidity. The core is laced with red plums and cherries, while sweet spices and a touch of orange zest appear in the background. There is ample structure underneath, with a chalky freshness and remarkable purity providing plenty of elegance across the palate and on to the long, rewarding finish.
Dow’s Vintage Ports are only produced in years of exceptional quality and represent only a very small part of the total company’s production in that year. On average only two or three times every ten years are the weather conditions sufficiently good to allow for the making of Dow’s Vintage Port. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Dow’s Vintage Ports have been landmark wines in virtually every great year, consistently setting the standards amongst all Port houses. Dow's Vintage Ports are drawn from the companies' finest vineyards; Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira. Each property contributes to the Dow’s unique and distinctive style.