2007 Dow's Vintage Port (375ml)
This is without a doubt the best Dow Vintage Port ever, displaying a decadent, regal texture coupled with remarkable flavors and aromas of violets, blueberries, chalk and freshly ground pepper. It's full-bodied, medium sweet, long and extremely thick. Though the ripeness is almost too much, it retains so much grip. This is coming around now, but will not reach its best till 2020.
*Top 100 of 2010, Collectible* Amazing aromas of lilac, violet, crushed blueberry and mineral that turn to black pepper and spices follow through to a full-bodied, medium-sweet palate, with a long, chewy finish. Evolves to tar and asphalt. Really held back, yet powerful grip slaps you. This is mind-blowing in texture. The greatest Dow ever made. Best after 2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This young wine has a very deep purple-black colour with aromas of kirsch, blackberry compote, prunes, licorice, dark chocolate, spice box and a whiff of coffee grounds. An earthly character comes through on the rich, unctuous palate, well structured with firm, finely grained tannins and medium to high acidity. Long finish. (LPB)
Wine & Spirits
The color shows the intense concentration of this wine, its deep purple edge predicting the big bite of fruit up front. The bold berry and plum flavors are round, supple and ripe, completely filling the mouth before settling into the schist of the tannin and the char of the oak. Dow is often compressed and hard to read as a young vintage release: This inky 2007 may well make the current rating seem conservative as it expands with age. Check on it 30 years from the vintage.
Very dark and brooding to look at. Dry and complex with some notes of vegetation on the nose. Really rather polished and superior. Masses of extract, not an awful lot of sugar, but refinement and breed. If it were a person it would definitely be a man. In a pin striped suit (as this taster is today, funnily enough). Clean peppermint finish. (18/20 points)
96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Picked at a lower Baume than the Grahams (3.4) with the backbone sourced from Touriga Nacional in Bomfim this has a more austere nose, introverted with blackberry, cigar box, raspberry leaf, a touch of cold stones and blueberry. Complex but you have to come to it – it does not come to you. The palate is masculine, aloof, beautifully balanced, spicy and earthy. Very structured on the mid-palate, almost foursquare but I find the focus and the sense of symmetry bewitching. Not a port that will please everyone, but one that Dow-lovers will adore. That includes me by the way. Aristocratic! Tasted May 2009."