For over two centuries the name of DOW has been associated with the finest Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, the Symington family has built on the legacy of the preceding Silva and Dow families. Generations of Symington winemakers have worked at the Dow's vineyards: Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, creating from them Dow's superbly concentrated wines that are intense and tannic when young, maturing towards a superlative racy elegance with age and scented with violet and mint aromas. Dow's attractive and distinctive drier finish is the recognisable hallmark of the wines from this great Port house.
Arguably the high point for Port in the 1980's, the 1985 vintage saw the declaration of some real gems, which are now hovering tantalisingly around peak maturity.
The nose is packed with rich and complex aromas of mature red and dark fruits combined with Dow's hallmark peppery spice and tight focus. On the palate excellent red fruit flavours with rounded silky tannins lead to a long slightly drier finish. Lovely now but will continue to age beautifully for many years.