2000 Dow Vintage Port
An impressively concentrated wine, showing the hallmark Dow’s dry edge, but still full of ripe fruit, flavors of black plums and berries. It has weight and spice, but also a delicious perfume, layered through a smooth, opulent texture.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An opaque blue/purple color (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, licorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated bright ruby. Primary, backward aromas of cassis, redcurrant, licorice, minerals, bitter chocolate and spices. Penetrating, structured and powerful. Not hugely sweet but boasts superb flavor definition and impressive extract. A very unevolved port that's best today on the expanding finish, which features notes of cassis, violet, dark chocolate and peaty earth and terrific grip and thrust.
Very grapey, with black licorice and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and an exquisite finish. Refined and well-made. Best after 2012.
Very dense, closed and withdrawn; characteristically dry in style yet rich, ripe and well-structured with tannins exploding on the finish. Very fine, dense but perhaps not as expressive as some of its peers at the moment. 18/20 points.
Typical Dow. Big, burly and dryish style. Violets and some malty aromas. Rich cassis flavors. Sweet on the entry and quite silky on the mid-palate. Dry finish with plenty of tannin and acid evident. (Alex Pross, K&L)