Dow’s Old Tawny Ports are the ultimate expression of the wine makers and blender’s art. Only tasters with a profound experience and knowledge of the great Ports of the Douro can nurture these wines through many years of aging in seasoned oak casks in the Dow’s cellars. The Dow’s blenders will select particular wines that are set aside and destined to become these great Old Tawny Ports. Old Tawny Ports need to be regularly tasted throughout the many years that they lie in the cellars. The wines need to be ‘racked’ from time to time during each year. Racking is the process by which the Dow’s team of experienced lodge men will carefully draw the wine off its ‘lees’ (the natural sediment that is formed at the bottom of the cask) and then pour the wine back into the clean cask. During these many years of careful attention and aging, the dark, purple and vibrant young Port mellows and ages into the complex but delicate aged Tawny Ports, gaining a classic amber tawny hue which gives them their name. Most of Dow’s Old Tawny Ports are aged in the company’s extensive cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia where the moderate coastal climate plays a key role in bringing a balanced aging process to the wine. Ports aged in the Douro tend to react to the great heat of the summer months by gaining over-strong caramelised flavours. A small proportion of Douro aged tawny Ports are normally a valuable addition to the final blend, but in excess, they will unbalance a great Tawny Port.
Amber golden in colour, soft and rich on the palate with a fine and mellow fruit flavour blending in with the almond overtones of prolonged cask aging. A very fine Port to be savoured in a reasonable sized glass so that the aromas and colour can be appreciated.
Store and Serve Advices:
Serving temperature at 15ºC to 16 ºC
The great Tawny Ports of Dow’s are particularly good when drunk slightly chilled in warmer weather.
Reviews and Awards:
. 90 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
. 89 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 88 points in Bob Campbell;
. 88 points in CellarTracker;
. 88 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine;
. 17 points in Vinho Grandes Escolhas;
. 16 points in Revista de Vinhos;
. 11,5 points in El Mundo Vino;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2013;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012;
. Bronze medal International Wine Challenge 2012;
. Gold medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2011;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2011;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2010;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010;
. Commended International Wine Challenge 2010.