Dow’s Ruby Porto

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estate / Producer / Brand: Dow’s Porto

Region: Porto, Douro, Portugal

Appellation: DOC Porto

Type: Fortified Red wine

Vintage: Non Vintage

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: Traditional Porto Blend (Touriga Nacional…)

Blend: N/A

Winemaking details: old vines

Aging: 3 years under oak

Sugar level: not communicated

Sulphites: contains sulphites

APPEARANCE

  • Colour = Ruby
  • Intensity = Deep

NOSE

  • Intensity = Pronounced
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary
  • Aromas = Red Cherry, Plum, Red Fruits

PALATE

  • Sweetness = Medium Dry
  • Acidity = Medium+
  • Tannins = Medium (ripe tannins)
  • Alcohol = High (19°)
  • Body = Full
  • Flavour Intensity = Pronounced
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary
  • Flavour details = Red Cherry, Plum, Red Fruits
  • Other = we do not really feel the oak aging, it is a very fruity style of Porto
  • Finish = Medium+

GENERAL ASSESSMENT (1)

  • Overall Quality = Good
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 12°C for up to 6-8 years
    • Will not gain complexity from aging
  • Retail Price = 13 euros for a 75cl individual bottle (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = good value for money
  • Comparison with same price competition = well above average for the same price
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Not suitable (usually Porto wines are well above acceptable level of residual sugar)
  • Service Temperature = around 15-16°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = beef plates and aged cheeses
  • Comments = this is not a faulty wine, it is balanced and fruity. It is also a good deal for the price. However, its lack of complexity (outside of its fully fruity profile) prevents it to be graded higher
  • Final Grade = B

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(1)GENERAL ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale
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