NV Dow's 20 year Tawny Port

$59.95
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The best of all worlds! More aged nuance and true tawny character than a 10-year and more youthful vibrancy than a 30-year. This is a classic 'cigar Port', perfect for sipping alongside a stogie. It's also notably delicious with creme brulee, if that's more to your liking. Stoke the fireplace and enjoy!

Dows started as a family venture in1798 as two quintas (wineries) known as Bomfim and Senhora da Ribiera, along the Upper Douro Valley, but became more along the way. Bruno da Silva began the legacy when he set up shop in London to import wines from his native Oporto, Portugal. After ingratiating himself in English society (by marrying an English woman) he soon developed a reputation for both his business acumen and his quality wines. Bruno's son, John took over the venture and in 1862 brought into partnership Frederick William Cosens. Then George Acheson Warre joined, and a few years later the partnership merged with James Ramsay Dow, who had made a name for himself in 1856 with the publication of a piece on the vine fungus "odium" which was devastating vineyards throughout the Douro at the time. Together the partners were able to distinguish their wines under the newly adopted DOW'S brand name as the hallmark Ports of the time. While the centuries have passed, their reputation remains unparalleled today.

Varietal:
Port
Winemaker:
Charles Symington
Aging:
20 years
Oak Treatment:
seasoned Oak casks
Country of Origin:
Portugal
Appellation:
Douro
Alcohol %:
20.0%
SKU #:
1015195
Size:
750 ml Bottle
94
Decanter

Attractively full in style for a 20YO. Subtle toffee and cream aromas, rich and broad palate, marmalade bite at the end.

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Wine Spectator
Juicy and lively in feel, with flan, date, persimmon and caramel notes weaving around each other, backed by a racy bitter almond accent on the finish. There’s lots to like here. Drink now.
WE91
Wine Enthusiast
Soft in texture yet mouthcoating in its intensity, this is a honeyed, nutty wine filled with dried fruit, toffee and almond butter aromas and flavors. Like all tawnies, it won't improve with bottle age, so drink this while your young vintage Ports hog the cellar space.
RP91Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 30th Apr 2019

""The NV 20 Year Old Tawny Port is a field blend coming in with 126 grams of residual sugar and a bar-top cork. It was bottled in 2018. Dry and stern — this is the style you’d expect from the comments in the accompanying producer note — this shows off some wood, plus very fine concentration and power for the level. This is not always an open and friendly 20, though. The 30, actually, seems far livelier and more expressive (although woodier and more mature, to be sure). This 20 is one that intends to grab your palate and not let go. Some sweetness and a touch of spice around the edges redeem it. That counters the power and woody demeanor. It drank particularly well a couple of days later. On many levels, this is impressive for its age. It works well overall in its style."" (91 pts.)