This is the first of several very interesting e-mails that I will be sending out over the next week. All will be quite different.
I just received a pre-sell offering a few minutes ago, and as the 2011 vintage for Port is absolutely stellar, and the first vintage to be “declared” since 2007…I simply had to pass it on.
The Ports of 2011 are very classical in their style. Very extracted, dark, well structured, masculine, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, these wines are a “must” for anyone who enjoys fine Port. The good news is that, with many of the historic vintages that required many years of cellaring, the 2011’s will be very approachable at a young age.
The growing season was tumultuous, leaving the winemakers puzzled as to the final outcome quality-wise. Ultimately, between the irregular rain and sunny days, the vintage turned out to be exceptionally fine…favoring those vineyards with particularly old vines…like Dow’s.
As this is a pre-sell, and I have not tasted the 2011 (although I have tasted MANY vintages of Dow’s over the years), I am going to give you Robert Parker’s 98 POINT review of this wine.
The 2011 Dow Vintage Port was made from no less than 44 separate ferments from finest plantings. It has a beautiful, quite extravagant bouquet with copious black and red fruit, Indian spice, and hints of menthol and orange rind that unfold wonderfully in the glass. The palate is a sumptuous affair, one that is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth, plump tannins, copious black fruit with a harmonious, white pepper-tinged finish that is a decadent delight. This is one of the finest of the declarations of 2011 Vintage Ports, a sublime expression of the vintage you would be foolish not to buy. This is Dow at its best. 5,000 cases have been declared. Tasted May 2013.
We have time, folks, as this wine is not due to arrive until September.
The cost is $89.99 a bottle.
By the 6-pack case it will sell for $80.99 a bottle.