It is very rare for Dow’s to declare two Vintage Ports in succession. We only advance towards a declaration in those years when the quality of the wines is truly exceptional. This usually only happens about three times in a decade, and very rarely – except in exceptional circumstances – in two consecutive years.
It is rare to see the intensity and depth of color that this wine has.
Charles Symington comments: “This is one of the best Vintage Dow’s Ports I’ve composed to date. I believe this wine deserves another place alongside the most recent Vintage Dow’s: 2016, 2011 and 2007. In my opinion, it shows potential to feature among the great Dow’s classics”.
WINE SPECTATOR 96/100 PTS
WINE ENTHUSIAST 96/100 PTS
VINUM WINE MAGAZINE 19/20 PTS