Dows Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2019 Vintage Port

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Dows Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2019 Vintage Port Port is a Single Quinta Vintage Port, one of two that Dow’s bottle along with Quinta do Bomfim. Whereas Quinta do Bomfim is generally released after having been aged 10 years or so in Dow’s cellars, Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira is released alongside the main Dow’s Vintage Port.

Dows is one of the most famous names in the Port trade and is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Symington family. The family, whose experience dates back over 100 years, supervises all the vineyards, winemaking and ageing of this wine. Dows acquired Quinta Senhora da Ribeira and Quinta do Bomfim in 1890 and 1896 respectively which made it one of the first Port firms to invest in their own premium vineyards.

Senhora da Ribeira is located 24km (15 miles) upriver from Quinta do Bomfim in the remote Douro Superior. The vineyard commands a magnificent north bank position, overlooking a broad sweep of the Douro, directly opposite another famous Symington owned vineyard: Quinta do Vesuvio. Senhora da Ribeira’s wines are some of the finest in the Douro and they complement those from Bomfim in the composition of Dow’s classic Vintage Ports. The quinta’s high proportion of old vines (45% are over 25 years old) is of critical importance. The old vines are very low-yielding, producing on average less than 1Kg of grapes each, giving intense and concentrated musts which are ideal for classic Vintage Port. The remainder of the vineyard was replanted as follows: 21% in 2001 and 34% from 2004, the latter involving mainly Touriga Nacional vines. The best Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca were fermented in the estates lagares together with some Sousão, producing a Port of exceptionally intense, purple-black colour with complexity fine tannins and balanced acidity.

From Symington Family Estates: “ was a year to celebrate the Douro’s remarkably resilient grape varieties in an unusually dry year. Our ability to closely monitor their varying maturation cycles and adjust our picking schedule accordingly meant we were able to deliver the best expression of the different varieties. When reviewing the top wines from 2019, we felt that the best expression of our grape varieties came from our six principal quintas – this is why we made the decision to release six Quinta Vintage Ports.

The hallmark violet aromas long-associated with Senhora da Ribeira’s terroir are complemented by hints of rock rose, reflecting this year’s cooler profile. Rich, ripe black fruit flavours, simultaneously forward and rounded fill the palate, with juicy tannins complementing the fruit and providing balance to the wine’s fine structure.”

Winemakers of Dows Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2019 Vintage Port are Charles Symington & Ricardo Carvalho

Tasting Notes

“This typically floral wine shows the hallmark violet aromas so characteristic of this terroir, with some secondary aromas of the typical Douro flower, rock rose, also coming through — all lifted, fresh and elegant, reflecting the year’s cooler profile. Rich, ripe black fruit flavours, simultaneously forward and rounded fill the palate, with juicy tannins complementing the fruit and providing balance to the wine’s fine structure.

While tasting the wine Charles commented that it has, “Senhora da Ribeira written all over it.”

Symington Family Tasting Room, 2021

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