There is an opulent quality about the nose and the rich fruit gives flesh on the palate. The powerful mix of flavours is under pinned by bilberry and red fruits that give a vibrancy towards the back. 2014-35 L&S (Oct 2013)
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An evolved, less massive than normal port, the 1997 Dow's displays a dark ruby/purple color, attractive licorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee aromas, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a moderately tannic finish. This excellent vintage port should drink well between 2004-2025. Rating: 90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2013)
Backward nose. Very complete. Full. Lovely fruit and grip. Very stylish indeed. Very long on the palate. Very Dow. Very lovely. Very fine. from 2010. Rating: 18/20 Clive Coates MW (Mar 2005)
Now owned by the Symington Family, Dow had an unusual beginning as in 1798 Portuguese merchant Bruno da Silva left Portugal and travelled to England, importing his wine over to sell. In 1862, Bruno's son John da Silva created a partnership with Frederick William Cosens and formed Silva & Cosens. The firm expanded and were eventually joined by another partner, George Acheson Warre. The company continued to thrive, and in 1877 merged with yet another port company, Dow & Co, headed by James Ramsey Dow. Silva & Cosens took on the highly respected Dow name, and simply traded under Dow & Co.
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