Red - Fortified

1994 Dow Porto Vintage

Port Blend

  • Portugal
  • Douro
  • Porto
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Community Tasting Notes 261

  • JCGuthrie wrote:

    April 20, 2021 - Out of 375. I didn't take any notes, but this was the best bottle so far.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

    April 4, 2021 - Pristine bottle, purchased at auction in 2003. Last tasted in November 2019, when I opined that it should be followed closely, because the tannic structure was melting away fast. Some 18 months later, there is no abrupt development to report, but this bottle does remind us that 1994 Vintage Port was by and large produced with an emerging US market and its preferences in mind. A quarter of a century later, there are clearly recognisable upsides to that approach. The cherry fruit is succulent and pure, there is lovely balancing acidity, and the wine feels youthfully fresh with lots of spicy, minerally energy. It's completely ready, with only a hint of nuttiness, and just a tad simple. Very nice, but for a traditionalist like me, this is not when the case should be finished, this is when the game begins! Over the next 20-30 years, the tertiary development will take place which will elevate a fine Vintage Port to true greatness. To that heavenly state where the great wines from 1963, 1966 and 1970 are today. Will this wine get there? I am not sure, for a very simple reason. The fruit needs protection from oxidation to go through this very gradual process, and we are faced with a fundamental lack of tannins here. Acidity and alcohol are helpful to protect the wine (the wine is sweet for Dow but not very sweet), but essentially we need firm tannins to oxidise before the fruit does. And they're just not there. I will be old and grey in 30 years' time, but I fear that this may wither before I do. I do hope that I will be around to prove myself wrong though. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying, And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying." (Robert Herrick, 1591-1674).

    18 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • rwpalmer wrote: 93 points

    March 23, 2021 - Short but clean cork. Plenty of depth to the colour. Nose evolves with plum, prune, orange peel and icing sugar. Concentrated. Sweet for Dow. Maybe just a little soft and short on the finish but still a monumental wine.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • AWBryce wrote:

    February 28, 2021 - Complex nose, Dark berries, caramel, nuts. Palate is showing it age in a good way, some caramel again, semi grippy tannin, nice fruit, sherry hints, long finish. Very enjoyable

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Charlie Carnes Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 22, 2021 - Wow, this young wine is a thing of beauty! It is loaded with dark red fruit, red plum, fat cherries, and plenty of Port spice like peppered spice cake. As Port goes, this one was quite fluid, light bodied for what it is, with a full and rich mouth, and a lovely swallow. Bought this for 66 bucks on release.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/24/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Dow Porto Vintage) Dark raspberry red color with pale meniscus; baked berry, baked plum, charcoal, herbal nose; rounded berry, berry pie, cherry palate, solid yet; long finish

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Port and Roaring Forties Cheese, Episode #326, 10/3/2007 (link) 96 points

    (DOW'S PORT) #1; COLOR-really dark; NOSE-clearly the most youthful; coming through w/ a massive explosive Plum; a cellar dust chalkiness; an Ocean freshness; citrus aspect; hairspray component; TASTE-this has Magic in it; has the potential to be legendary; more youthful & needs more time, this can last for 50 years; this also drinks tremendously now -- it has the pedigree, balance & fruit to combat the alcohol level of Ports; Exceptional; however, this has the clear tannin levels, balance & guts to last for 50-100 years; RP-96; GV-96

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1994
  • Type Red - Fortified
  • Producer Dow
  • Varietal Port Blend
  • Designation Vintage
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Douro
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Porto
  • UPC Codes 004799020461, 094799020349, 094799020462, 094799020479, 094799020486, 094799020554, 5010867200340, 5010867201934, 5608309006614

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 84 (1%)
  • In Cellars 8,422 (77%)
  • Consumed 2,372 (22%)

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Community Recommendations

Chocolate, Chocolate Cake, Parmigiano, Stilton, Almonds, Gorgonzola, Hazelnuts, tous les chocolats ; un gorgonzola crémeux.

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