Sarah Ahmed (Decanter): 

This foot-trodden blend of 65% Touriga Nacional, 12% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Touriga Barroca and 13% of (picked after the rain) Touriga Franca/Sousão is a deep inky hue, with lovely violet lift to the nose. In the mouth it’s very fresh and juicily persistent with silky, really fluid, polished and pure blackcurrant and berry fruit.    Perfume and minerals ping pong back and forth on the back palate, creating a lively tension.  A fine mesh of tannin and chiselled minerals anchor a very long, well structured finish.  Terrific intensity and line.  With rigorous selection, just 13 pipes were produced from 133 hectares.  My pick of the 2013 Vintage Ports thus far.

Quinta Senhora da Ribeira forms a significant part of Dow’s vintage ports, but here’s a chance to enjoy it as a single quinta.

Quinta Senhora da Ribeira is set in the remote Douro Superior with spectacular views over the river. Opposite is another famous estate owned by the Symingtons, Quinta do Vesuvio. Senhora is called after a chapel, the name of which translates as ‘Lady of the River’. Its wines are some of the finest in the Douro and contribute to Dow’s classic vintage ports. In this single quinta vintage you taste the wine on its own, in all its glory. Around half the vines are more than 25 years old and yield a mere 1 kilogram of grapes each, hence the wine’s amazing concentration and its 93 points from Parker and Suckling. The wine is produced traditionally, the grapes trodden by foot in granite lagares. Wonderfully aromatic, balanced and built to last.

 just add a good Stilton and you would be happy with this as your last supper!







Douro Valley


Touriga Franca 55%, Touriga Nacional 35% and Sousão 10%


Fortified wine


Peter Syminton





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Food Match:

Blue cheese, Game meat, Chocolate desserts



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