2008 Dow "Senhora da Ribeira" Quinta Port (Previously $50)
Intense and very pure-tasting, offering grapey aromas and flavors that show raspberry and boysenberry overtones, with vanilla and chocolate character. Well-structured, with plenty of grip. Best after 2020.
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Right from the moment it is poured, this tastes of Douro schist and wild purple fruit. It feels cool, even as it blasts all that mineral spice into flavors of currant, cranberry and apricot. There's also something gamey, as well as green hints of nettles and esteva adding complexity. A pleasing, spicy, short-term Port to enjoy around a decade from the vintage.
Soft, spicy wine, almost tangy in character, with black currant and red cherry fruit flavors and an attractive edge of spice. The acidity gives a lift to the sweetness.
About the vineyard: "Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira is set in the remote, hot and dry Douro Superior and commands a magnificent north bank position, overlooking a broad sweep of the Douro, directly opposite another Symington family-owned vineyard: Quinta do Vesuvio. The quinta was built close to an ancient and strategic river crossing, guarded by two 12th century hilltop castles, either side of the Douro...The quinta’s high proportion of old vines (45% are over 25 years old) is of critical importance. The old vines are very low-yielding, producing on average less than 1Kg of grapes each, giving intense and concentrated musts which are ideal for classic Vintage Port. The remainder of the vineyard was replanted as follows: 21% in 2001 and 34% from 2004, the latter involving mainly Touriga Nacional vines." (dows-port.com)