2007 Dow's Vintage Port
The is a phenomenal young port that showcases flowers, stones, black olives and dried mushrooms on the nose. The polished and finesse are second to none. Full yet so refined and dense with a compact and gorgeous mouthfeel. Goes on for minutes. Hard not to drink now, but this will seemingly live forever.
*** Collectibles - Rank #14 of the Top 100 Wines of 2010 *** 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. (JS)
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 earthy character comes through on the rich, unctuous palate, well structured with firm, finely grained tannins and medium to high acidity. Long finish. (LPB)
*** Cellar Selection *** A solidly structured wine, packed with initially sweet fruit that then becomes drier as the ripe tannins show through. All the ingredients are there, supported ny a tense texture to go with the first sweetness. It's an exciting wine, obviously very age-worthy. (RV)
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.