"An opaque blue/purple color (typical of this vintage's top offerings) is followed by a strikingly provocative aromatic display (flowers, licorice, blackberries, and cassis). This firmly-structured, classic, tightly-knit, restrained port exhibits brilliant purity as well as impressive intensity. While not the most dramatic or flamboyant, it is a beautiful, classically structured port that will age gracefully." -Robert Parker
"This is on point now, with a mix of cassis, cherry paste and warmed fig fruit that has some youthful energy even as it has melded with bramble, licorice snap and Black Forest cake notes. There's a solid finishing kick of fruit and grip."
"An impressively concentrated wine, showing the hallmark Dow’s dry edge, but still full of ripe fruit, flavors of black plums and berries. It has weight and spice, but also a delicious perfume, layered through a smooth, opulent texture."