Dow Porto 40 Year Old Tawny  750ml
SKU 441890

Dow Porto 40 Year Old Tawny

Porto - Portugal

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Rated 95 by Wine Spectator
Intense, featuring date, fig and walnut notes that drive through with authority, pulling flashes of green tea, singed alder and dried ginger in along the way. Adds brightness and energy on the finish, with a hazelnut note filling in. Drink now. 300 cases made.
Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
The NV 40 Year Old Very Old Tawny Porto is a field blend coming in with 127 grams per liter of residual sugar. It was bottled in 2018 with a bar-top cork. While this continues to some extent the "dry, stern and powerful" feel of its siblings, this also has the most richness, the sweetest edge and the most ability to cut that stern aspect. The finish is long and delicious, laced with caramel and milk chocolate. Two days later, that was a lot clearer. It seems relatively young for a 40 until you note the concentration. It's easily the most concentrated of the group. It was also my personal favorite of the group, although I did tend to keep taking another taste of the vivacious 30. It may depend on what style you like—this 40 is about richness and concentration, while the 30 is brighter and livelier. In going from 30 to 40, of course, it's not always a night-and-day difference in terms of maturity. They are both very mature and satisfy that requirement well. They are both well done overall, and both to me seem much more interesting than their younger siblings.

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Region: Porto

Porto, situated in the Douro Valley of Portugal, has long been recognized as a vitally important center for viticulture and wine production. Of course, the city itself is most readily associated with the beautifully aromatic and utterly delicious Port wines, which have been continually popular around the world since the 18th century. The wineries in and around Porto know that their terroir is highly special, with a wonderful mix of gravelly and clay based soils, packed full of minerals carried by the river that flows through it. This, combined with the hot and sunny climate, creates perfect conditions for high quality grape cultivation, and there are dozens of varietals which thrive in and around Porto, many of which are used for making the famous fortified wines.

Country: Portugal

One of the oldest regions of Portugal for wine production and vine cultivation is the Bairrada, the lush and clay-rich region responsible for an impressive range of red, white and rosé wines of exceptional quality. As with much of the country, this region benefits from long, hot summers, allowing the grapes to ripen to full maturity and thus carry a wide range of flavors and aromas. However, each region of Portugal produces wines which reach a high level of quality, from the more urbanized regions around Lisbon and Porto, where the famous fortified and Colares wines originate, to the island of Madeira and the Dao river valley, which each have their own distinctive wine cultures. The several thousand years of viticultural history in Portugal has allowed Portuguese wineries to master their own traditional techniques, which are still employed to this day across the country, yielding excellent results for the world to enjoy.