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Dow Vale do Bomfim Reserva
2014

Dow Vale do Bomfim Reserva
Wine Details
Vintage
2009
Alcohol %
13.8
Wine Spectator
87
Wine & Spirits
90
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$29.00
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SKU: 094799020929

This wine comes from the Symington family’s Douro Valley vineyards in Northern Portugal, and in particular from those which traditionally supply the House of Dow’s, one of the family’s premier Port marques. This reserve red wine is centered around the Touriga Nacional grape, widely regarded as Portugal’s finest varietal, and the cornerstone of most, if not all, of the landmark wines from which the Douro has become renowned over the last decade. The grapes for this wine are sourced from mature plantings (average age of vines: 30 years), hand-picked and manually selected. Vale do Bomfim Reserva is characterized by floral aromas and delicious dark fruit – Touriga Nacional hallmarks.

VINTAGE OVERVIEW

Despite being a challenging year, 2009 produced spectacular wines. This tough year was characterized by lower than average rainfall, unstable weather in the spring and virtual no rain during the hot summer. It is in such demanding years when skilful vineyard management and winemaking come to the fore. Winemakers conducted meticulous grape selection in the vineyards, to ensure the finest fruit was available for this wine.

GRAPE ORIGINS AND VARIETIES

The grapes are principally sourced from Dow’s Bomfim and Senhora da Ribeira vineyards, as well as from other vineyards which have long supplied the company.
70% Touriga Nacional & 30% Mixed Old Vines

VINIFICATION

The grapes were picked by hand into small, shallow containers and manually sorted with great care, after which they were gently crushed. Fermentation took place in small stainless steel vats at a temperature not exceeding 26oC (78F). Winemakers Charles Symington and Pedro Correia. 

Wine Details
Vintage
2009
Alcohol %
13.8
Wine Spectator
87
Wine & Spirits
90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Shows typical Touriga Nacional floral aromas of violets and roses. The palate is rich and full, with spice undertones, a hint of dark chocolate, as well as kirsh and blackberries. Pair with steak and other rich, spicy dishes.
Vineyard Notes
Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira.
Winemaker Notes
Bottled November 2010, following 12 months in American oak barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
Dow’s 2009 Vale do Bomfim Reserva Douro DOC wine pairs wonderfully with grilled rosemary lamb chops or a rustic cassoulet.
Other Notes
Store the bottle horizontally in a dark place with constant cool temperature, ideally 55 degrees F.
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