Dow's Fine Tawny Port NV
1 or more bottles$39.00
Raymond Chan Wi16.5 points
Dow’s Fine Tawny is a three-year-old blend aged in small oak casks at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. The barrel ageing produces a smoother and lighter style of wine than the Dow’s Ruby which is aged primarily in large oak vats and tonels. Dow’s Tawny combines subtle fruit with delicious velvety nutty flavours derived from the cask ageing. It is ready to drink and enjoy when bottled and does not require further ageing.
Critic Scores & reviews
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews16.5
"Garnet red colour with tawny hues, and some ruby hints. The nose is soft and up‐front with good depth of earthy, dried brown fruits, figs, nuances of nuts and raisins. Sweet to taste, soft dried fruit flavours intermingle with ripe fresh fruits. The wine is accessible with clean spirit and a slight textural grip that provides good power and line. The mouthfeel is soft and easy, and the flavours lead to a dry, fruity‐nutty finish. This is a classical, easy tawny port with some fruit influence. This is an after‐dinner style with mild cheeses or baked desserts. A 3 y.o. blend aged in small oak casks."
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Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, and mostly the Romans. Portugal started to export its wines to Rome during the Roman Empire. Modern exports developed with trade to England after the Methuen Treaty in 1703.
And, in 1758, one of the first wine-producing regions of the world, the Região Demarcada do Douro was created under the orientation of Marquis of Pombal, in the Douro Valley. Portugal has two wine producing regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Douro Valley Wine Region (Douro Vinhateiro) and Pico Island Wine Region (Ilha do Pico Vinhateira). Portugal has a big variety of local kinds, producing a very wide variety of different wines with a distinctive personality. Portugal possesses a large array of native varietals, producing an abundant variety of different wines though most famously the nation produces Port and Moscatel wines. The wide array of Portuguese grape varietals contributes as significantly as the soil and climate to wine differentiation, producing unique and intriguing wines from the Northern regions to the Madeira Islands, and from Algarve to the Azores. In Portugal, only some grape varietals or castas are authorized or endorsed in the Demarcated regions.
The appellation system of the Douro region was created nearly two hundred years before that of France, in order to protect its superior wines from inferior ones. The quality and great variety of wines in Portugal are due to noble castas, microclimates, soils and proper technology.
It might be useful some terms in Portuguese wine like Branco is White, Tinto is red, Espumante is sparkling wine where the word Seco means dry and Quinta means vineyard.
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About the brand Dow's
It all began in 1798 when Bruno da Silva, a Portuguese merchant from Porto, made a journey which was the opposite to that of the first British merchants. Bruno set up in London from where he imported wine from his native country and the rest is history.
For over two centuries the name of Dow has been associated with the finest Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley in Portugal. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, the Symington family has built on the legacy of the preceding Silva and Dow families.
The Symingtons are also members of the exclusive Primum Familiae Vini, a grouping of eleven leading wine families in the world. Fellow members are Antinori, Joseph Drouhin, Egon Muller Scharzhof, Hugel, the Perrins of Beaucastel, Mouton Rothschild, Pol Roger, Sassicaia, Torres, and Vega Sicilia.