Quinta Senhora da Ribeira Vintage Port 2019
96 points, “A small estate with just 25 hectares of vines, predominantly south-facing. 53% Touriga Franca, 26% Touriga Nacional and 21% Sousão (a high percentage): deep with the warmth of the Douro Superior evident on the nose: you can breathe in the schist and esteva; ripe and opulent, sweet and spicy with an exotic menthol and eucalyptus character and firm, ripe tannins building to a powerful, solid finish. Outstanding single quinta wine. For the long haul.” – Decanter
For over two centuries the name of Dow has been associated with some of the finest Vintage Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley. Dow’s typically produce 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 and has won the producer a loyal allegiance of advocates.
Dow’s Senhora da Ribeira 2019 is a single-vineyard blend with an unusually high proportion of Sousão this year. Exceptionally aromatic with opulent notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, violet and plum on the nose, this vintage has a core of powerful black-fruit flavours and rich dark chocolate, a minty medicinal edge, and undertones of thyme, crushed rocks, rosemary, peppery spice and coffee. Powerful but beautifully balanced with fresh acidity, spice and ripe but firm tannins. This is built to age, but it’s hard to keep your hands off it, especially when paired with chocolate desserts and punchy blue cheeses like creamy Stilton or Roquefort.
Dow’s – owned by the Symington family – ranks amongst Port’s most famous names and is renowned for its powerhouse style. Their coveted releases use grapes from the phenomenal Quinta do Bomfim vineyard and tend to be drier and exceptionally long-lived. The Symington family are trusted hands because they are the world’s leading producer of premium Port and the biggest vineyard owner in the Douro Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of jaw-dropping beauty. The company is also B-Corp Certified, which means they are also on it when it comes to the environment, sustainability, their people, their supply chain and giving back to the community.
£9.6 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3416786
Style No.: 871309
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