95 pts Wine Enthusiast - Deep purple colour, so dark it’s almost blue/black. This is a wine of great vigour with excellent fruit aromas of plums and cassis. In the mouth, typically Dow flavours of liquorice and spices, as well as great depth and structure. It presents amazing ripe fruit flavours giving it marvellous complexity, finishing with firm bold tannin and a typical peppery dryness. A wine guaranteed to last and develop to maximum potential.
Grape VarietyTouriga Nacional
In 1877 James R. Dow merged his port company with Silva & Cosens (established 1798) to form Dow's & Co. Although the smaller of the two firms, the Dow's name was kept due to its excellent reputation as a port shipper with particularly fine Vintage Ports. “There is no shipper’s wine that I have found better than the best of Dow’s, 1878 and 1890 especially” - Professor George Saintsbury, Oxford University, 1920.
In 1912 AJ Symington was asked to take on the management of both Dow's vineyards in the Douro and its port lodges in Gaia, Porto. He worked in partnership with George A. Warre, who was by then the main Dow's shareholder and who lived in London, taking care of sales. The partnership between the Symingtons and the Warres lasted for half a century until 1961 when the Symingtons became the sole owners of Dow's.
Multiple generations of the Symington family have managed the principal Dow vineyards of Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, producing many outstanding ports in the properties’ wineries. A loyal cohort of Douro farmers have also sold their grapes to the Symington family for use in Dow's Ports, with strong relationships going back through the decades, which are reaffirmed at each year's vintage.