2011 Dow

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AHB
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2011 Dow

Post by AHB » 14:06 Mon 03 Apr 2017

Available by the glass from the Hedonism Enomatic machine for £10. Deep garnet red, opaque centre. Fresh blackcurrants and vanilla on the nose with some lovely flower tones of esteva. Smooth texture on entry bringing lots of fruit with a lovely elegance and the hallmark purity of the vintage. Powerful tannins ride the wave of flavour that crash onto the mid-palate and bring a noticeable streak of acidity. Hiding behind all of that is a beautiful flower perfume element to the fruit. Some heat from the acidity shows on the aftertaste before a big black chocolate and sour cherry finish takes over. This is a big port but has a surprising elegance and balance to it - and is very easy to drink right now! 94 points might be a little ungenerous. 94/100. Drunk 20-Feb-17.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 2011 Dow

Post by Axel P » 19:48 Mon 03 Apr 2017

I am totally with you, Alex. I just had this half a year ago at the Port-wine-day-celebrations. It is a big wine, but totally overrated - as well as the 2007 Dow.

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Re: 2011 Dow

Post by AHB » 22:38 Mon 03 Apr 2017

Axel P wrote:
19:48 Mon 03 Apr 2017
I am totally with you, Alex. I just had this half a year ago at the Port-wine-day-celebrations. It is a big wine, but totally overrated - as well as the 2007 Dow.
I wouldn't be that harsh. It's a very, very good port - I just don't think it will ever be as good as Nacional 1963 or Noval 1931, which are the only two ports I have ever awarded 100 points. (I know, I know; some might accuse me of label bias. My response would be (a) there's a reason for the reputation these wines have and (b) if you know me and my tasting regime, when have you ever known me to have label bias and go with the group?)
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 2011 Dow

Post by Andy Velebil » 05:55 Tue 04 Apr 2017

I have to agree. I think this is an amazing VP but I also don't think it's up to the level of a Nacional in 2011. That said, for a fraction of the price, and a couple points difference, this is by far the better "value Port" that is also far easier to obtain.

Edit: you, and a couple others, are some of the few I know to not allow label bias into your overall review. And that is from someone who has literally shared what is probably over 1,000 Ports together since I've known you.

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Re: 2011 Dow

Post by Axel P » 20:23 Tue 04 Apr 2017

I think the Dow 2011 is an outstanding Port but nothing more and never will be. I have had this in blind tastings on more than one occasion and was more attraced by other Ports from the same Vintage for more than one reason.

Although this and the Niepoort Bioma were the only 2011s I have Magnums or larger formats of.

Time will tell...

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