The floral aromas of wild roses and violets that are so prominent in Nirvana are the hallmark of the grapes grown at Dow’s Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, a very fine south facing property of 26 hectares situated in the remote Douro Superior. The soft ripe tannins, intense texture and dry finish present in Dow’s Nirvana comes from a combination of the old vines, the large percentage of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional and the special terroir of Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim. This vineyard’s wines have formed an integral part of all the great Dow’s Vintage Ports produced over the last century, including the highly acclaimed Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port recently awarded a perfect 100 points by The Wine Spectator.
Recognizing the great appeal of this perfect pairing supported by the increased interest and appeal for Dark Chocolate, Dow’s set out together with the help of The Flanders Taste Foundation in Belgium to craft a Port that would provide the ultimate match. Based on these findings, The Flanders Taste Foundation panel (including a respected young chocolatier, a food pairing expert, a former Michelin Star Chef, and a well-known sommelier) produced a food pairing analysis report to define the best combination.
Store and Serve Advices:
Serving temperature at 15ºC to 16 ºC
Dow’s Nirvana will pair well with most dark chocolate although the best combinations are to be found with dark chocolate that originate from Ecuador, Peru, Uganda and Costa Rica with a cacao content of between 60 to 75%.
Reviews and Awards:
. 84 points in Cellartracker.