Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"Over the last twenty five years the work done in the Dow’s vineyards and in the Dow’s wineries has resulted in constant improvement to the quality of all the house's premium Ports. Nowhere has this investment been more in evidence than in the quality of Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Ports (LBV). Dow’s LBV is full-bodied, rich but perfectly balanced with soft peppery tannins and with a fine acidity that ensure perfect balance on the palate. The classic Dow’s dry finish is always present in the house’s LBV; it is one of the finest LBV Ports available."
Roger Voss, 91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2013 Vintage)
"This wine comes from the original member of the Symington family of companies. The style of the Port, as always with Dow's, is on the dry side, giving structure as well as pure dried fruits and tannins. That suggests this LBV could age. Drink now, but it will better from 2022."
Reviews for the 2011 vintage below…
94/100 & Best Buy, Joshua Greene, Wine and Spirits Magazine (2011 Vintage)
"This offers more immediate pleasures than the vintage Dow's declared in 2011—it comes across as an idealized LBV rather than a baby Vintage. Formidable in its black density and red spice, fragrant with persimmon-like scents and tannins that have the grit of stone-ground chocolate, this is compellingly drinkable and delicious. Stock up for the holidays."
92/100 & Best Value Wine, Natalie Maclean (2011 Vintage)
"Terrific value for this Portuguese fortified dessert wine from the Douro Valley. Aromas of blackcurrant jam and blackberry pie wrapped in smoke. Pair with holiday fruitcake, chocolate cheesecake or chocolate chip cookies. Port food pairings: blue cheese, nuts, almond torte, chocolate."
90/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2011 Vintage)
"The 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port is bottled with a bar top cork and 105 grams per litre of residual sugar. It has reasonable concentration, but bigger aromatics. Sappy and intensely flavourful on the finish, this shows off a bit of muscle, too, but it is fully ready to drink and it shows very well. It's made to drink now. If well stored, it can last, but it's not meant to hold."