Dows Quinta Do Bomfim Vintage Port Wine, 75 cl
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The barrel ageing produces a smoother and lighter style of wine than the Dow’s Ruby which is aged primarily in large oak vats and tonels. Dow’s Nirvana will pair well with most dark chocolates but particularly well with chocolate with a cacao content of between 60% to 75%.
Dows 40 Year Old Tawny Port A beautiful translucent amber-golden colour and an almost transparent rim with exquisite fragrances of delicate dry fruit coupled with a hint of fine marmalade. The remainder of the vineyard was replanted as follows: 21% in 2001 and 34% from 2004, the latter involving mainly Touriga Nacional vines.As with Quinta do Bomfim, the best Ports from Senhora de Ribeira are used to make Dow’s Vintage Ports in the great and rare ‘Declared’ years. On this cookie management page, you can read more about the categories of cookies we use on this site and choose wether you want to enable or disable them. Vintage Ports such as the remarkable Dow 1896, the 1927, 1945, 1955, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1980 and the Dow 1994 are all legends in the history of this great wine. Amber golden in colour, soft and rich on the palate with a fine and mellow fruit flavour blending in with the almond overtones of prolonged cask aging.
While some houses now release their single-quinta wines just two years after the harvest, others hold them until they are deemed mature. The Symington family brings the legacy of creating intense and tannic concentrated wines with the DOW wines, which age elegantly and are scented with mint and violet aromas. The grapes from these vineyards are vinified at the winery at Senhora da Ribeira, producing some of the very best Dow’s Ports. One of the classic Douro riverside quintas, Senhora da Ribeira was acquired by George Warre for Dow’s in 1890. Vintage port is also good with chocolate - a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars.
The grapes used in the production of Dow’s Fine Ruby were a blend of traditional Portuguese varieties from the Douro Valley. Dow’s was one of the first Port companies to recognise the importance of vineyard ownership in the Douro. When the Port’s are young, the aroma is of violets which matures into cinnamon and develop an elegance with maturity. Dow’s Vintage Ports’ style is suitable in years when the grapes are ripe, as the Dow’s Ports come with a characteristic balance of richness and dryness, while other Ports tend to oversweet.
However they still allow for grapes to be trodden by foot and retain some original stone lagares as well. Vintage Ports are only made in years of exceptionally high quality harvests, which on average occur two or three times in a decade. The Dow’s Vintage Ports come with a fine tannic structure enhanced by bitter chocolate and spicy black pepper flavors.The Millennium vintage of 2000 was wonderfully rich and ripe, approachable in style but worth keeping. When young, Bomfim wines are purple-black, austere, complex and intensely concentrated; they are characterised by very fine peppery tannins. Dow’s Port is one of the most famous names in the Port trade and today is owned and managed by the fifth generation of the Symington family.
Aged for an average of three years it is bottled when ready to drink and requires no further ageing. After a series of tastings supported by scientific analysis to identify the key flavour components of both Port and Dark Chocolate the blend was refined accentuating the floral aromas and the tannic structure of the wine. Light tawny color with spicy aromas and a hint of balsam, but the palate delivers very sweet, smoky plum, herbs and mint characteristics. Over the centuries, the winemakers at Bomfim have evolved a style that suits this particular vineyard; fermentations are a little longer, resulting in a drier Port Wine that has become the hallmark of Dow’s. It is more compact, a bit more standoffish compared to some of the other single quinta 2018s that I tasted.The grapes are normally extremely ripe at the time of picking, a direct result of the low-lying position of the main vineyard. Just a bit drier than quite a few other ports which is Dow's hallmark, it's ideal with chocolate desserts, or blue veined cheeses. At any one time only 6 or 7 casks in the ancient cellars of Dow’s in Vila Nova de Gaia are available to be bottled for this very rare and fine Port, the remaining barrels of Port in cask are on the long and slow journey to reach this pinnacle of the Port tasters art. This 2011 Vintage Port Wine from Dow's is "very inky in hue, this is very tight indeed, with classic Dow dryness/austerity – firm tannins and a yet to be mined concentrated seam of minerals, black currant, berry and cherry.