Dow's Vintage Port 2016 - Buster's Liquors & Wines

Dow's Vintage Port 2016

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Dow's Vintage Port 2016
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SKU 53485

750ml

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In exceptional, classic years, Dow's declares a Vintage Port. The wine is aged for two years then bottled unfiltered, where it may age for 30 or more years. Dow's is renowned for its Vintage Ports' exceptional aging ability. Delicious with creamy blue cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort.
Category Port
Varietals
Region Portugal, Douro
Brand Dow's
Alcohol/vol 20%
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Wine SpectatorThis packs a lot of fun, with a wallop of blackberry, fig, boysenberry and açai berry compote flavors working together, laced with a mouthwatering licorice snap note and driven by a fresh, well-detailed finish. A roasted apple wood accent is integrated as well, lending textural contrast through the vivacious finish. Best from 2030 through 2055. 350 cases made, 183 cases imported.

James Molesworth, December 31, 2018
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Wine EnthusiastVery floral, intense and ripe, this is a wine that is based around big black fruits as well as fine acidity. It is obviously destined for long aging with its powerful dry tannins and perfumed acidity. Drink this wine from 2028.

Roger Voss, December 1, 2018
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Vintage Port, bottled in May for release in October 2018, is mostly a 48/31 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, with various other grapes and some very old vines for the rest. It comes in with 111 grams of residual sugar. This is a very elegant Dow's, but there is certainly both power and concentration lurking underneath. Adding fine fruit, it is expressive and sophisticated, a very refined offering that seems not quite as burly as in some years. It is still exceptionally appealing, but it was curiously understated when seen. Some bottle shock, perhaps? The fresh 2016 Vintage? This is an illustration of Charles Symington's philosophy, as relayed to me, that the "wines should be in harmony from the first day." I don't think this will be a great Dow's, but it is an enjoyable one. If it wakes up, it might be entitled to an uptick. For the moment, between the top blends in the Symington stable, I'd lean to Graham's as the best in this vintage. Both are easily outclassed by the single-plot wines. There were 5,480 cases produced.

Mark Squires, July 19, 2018

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