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Dow's

Ruby Port,
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Description

Dow’s Ruby offers a great entry-level Port for the shopper looking for value. Its bright raspberry and cherry flavors marry well with cocoa powder and mineral notes with the drier finish characteristic of Dow’s Ports

Variety: Ruby Port
Region: Upper Douro Valley, Portugal
Winemaker: Dow’s
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 19.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Exuberant youthful fruit flavors make Dow’s Ruby perfect for informal drinking.  A glass of Dow’s Ruby Port with its delicious brambly fruit flavors and notes of peppery spice, is a fine wine on its own or will pair wonderfully with chocolate desserts and most cheeses

John's Notes

I’ve enjoyed more than a few glasses of Dow’s Ruby especially while studying for my WSET Fortified blind tasting and theory exam. If you can picture my kitchen counter, I would practice by lining up glasses of Basic Ruby, Reserve Ruby, Basic Tawny, Reserve Tawny, Tawny with Indication of Age, Colheita, Vintage Port, and Banyul (VDN), then taste them over and over, night after night until I felt comfortable distinguishing one from the other

Fortified exam behind me, I enjoy a nice Port with chocolate dessert or sipping with cigars and good friends

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Dow’s, winemakers Charles Symington and João Pedro Ramalho

  • The story of Dow’s began in 1798 when Bruno da Silva, a Portuguese merchant from Oporto, made a journey which was the opposite to that of the first British merchants. Bruno set up in London from where he imported wine from his native country Portugal
  • For over two centuries the name of Dow has been associated with the finest Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, the Symington family has built on the legacy of the preceding Silva and Dow families such that generations of Symington winemakers have worked at the Dow’s vineyards

Variety: Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, & Touriga Franca

Region: Upper Douro Valley, Portugal

Climate/Vintage:

  • The Serra do Marao Douro Mountain generally shields the Douro from the cool, wet winds of the Atlantic. Accordingly, the Douro Valley has a warm continental climate, but the vineyards become progressively hotter and dryer the further east they are located

Viticulture/Winemaking:

  • The grapes used in the production of Dow’s Fine Ruby were a blend of traditional Portuguese varieties from the Douro Valley
  • Given the short fermentation cycle it is crucial to extract as much flavor, color, and tannins as possible from the grape skin. As such, Dow pioneered the first ‘robotic lagar’; a low and square stainless steel tank fitted with mechanical treading pistons whose gentle movements replicate the action of the human foot by actually treading the grapes against the floor of the tank
  • After the grapes are crushed, the wine is fermented for a short period of time before the addition of 100% neutral grape spirit alcohol which stops fermentation, preserves the wine’s natural grape sugars, and gives its unique, rich flavors
  • Dow’s Fine Ruby was aged in seasoned oak casks at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia for an average of 3 years
  • It has a t-cap closure, which means that you don’t need a corkscrew to open it and that it will stay fresh for four to six months if stored in a cool, dark place or refrigerator

Alcohol:  19.0%

Pairs Well With: Creamy blue cheeses, dark chocolate, chocolate cake

Reviews

Gold International Wine Challenge – Deep and lively Ruby colour. The wine is full-bodied and has very appealing red fruit driven aromas. On the palate, fresh and youthful with raspberry and cherry flavours, combined with a long and intense finish

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