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Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira

Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira - Dow's Silva e Cosens Lda

Owner Symington family

This quinta takes its name from the little chapel between the quinta house and the river, and was originally acquired by Dow's in 1890. By the end of the 19th century it was one of a trio of top-quality wine estates. Dow's was a substantial owner of Douro vineyards long before most Port shippers were involved in viticulture or winemaking. The quinta was sold in 1954, when the Port trade was at its lowest point – a time when many Port companies were either closed down or sold. But the link was not entirely lost because the Ribeira grapes were bought and vinified by Dow's, continuing to play a fundamental part in its Vintage Ports for most of the century.

To the family's great delight, the opportunity to buy back Senhora da Ribeira arose in 1998, Dow's Bicentennial year.

Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Vintages:1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage1998
ColourYellow mature in colour..Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, fudge, some cacao and spiciness in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.40
TasteQuite full bodied. Mature and peaking. Balanced and a little dry with toffee and spiciness in taste. Complex and an attractive finish. Easy to drink, like and enjoy!Average score16.33
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage1999
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark berry and spring flowers but quite closed nose.Score range14.50 - 14.50
TasteMedium bodied. Fruit in flavour. Still some soft tannin. Nice finish but not as exciting as we have suspected.Average score14.50
Last tasted8th November 2011Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2001
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetToffee, old grocery shop, cacao and some mint in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Quite mature but still with some soft tannin and will be better. Mint and toffee in taste. Attractive and long finish. Classic and very enjoyable portAverage score16.08
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2002
ColourBlue in colour but with a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, fudge, butterscotch and ginger in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteQuite full-bodied. Quite mature but still with some soft tannin and will probably improve. Toffee and fudge in flavour. Balanced but rather dry. Quite long and promising finish.Average score15.90
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2004
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCacao, tropical fruits and dark berry in the nose.Score range14.90 - 14.90
TasteMedium bodied. Immature and full of tannins. Dark berry and fruit in flavour. Long and promising finish.Average score14.90
Last tasted8th November 2011Point this date14.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2006
ColourQuite dark blue with a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetTobacco, herbal and gingerbread in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Quite mature but still some soft tannin and will be better. Tobacco and gingerbread flavour. Complex and balanced classic port with an attractive finish.
Last tasted7th November 2016Rating this date16..00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2008
ColourDark blue almost black in colour with a purple rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetFruit with both red and dark berries in the nose.Score range15.40 - 15.40
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins. Frit and berry in taste. Long fruity finish.Average score
Last tasted4th November 2013Point this date15.40
CommentAt the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2009
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetVery juicy indeed and even fruitiness in the nose
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins. Juicy and fruity in flavour. Hard to swallow. Long fruity finish. Will be interesting to follow. Very promising port indeed.
Last tasted8th November 2011Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2010
ColourDeep blue in colourNumber of tastings2
BouquetToffee, some crème caramel and butterscotch in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins. Dark berry and some toffee in flavour. Balanced anyhow but a long tannic and impressive finish. Will be interesting to follow.Average score
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2012
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBlack cherry, mulberry and fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Tannin and hard to appreciate. Dry but balanced. Mulberry in taste. Elegant finish.
Last tasted3rd November 2014Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2013
ColourAlmost black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetIntense dark berry, blackberry and mulberry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Very tannic and promising. Packed with fruit. Mulberry in taste. Very promising and long finish.
Last tasted22nd April 2016Rating this dateImpressive/ Very Impressive
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta Senhora da Ribeira
Dow
Vintage2015
ColourDark almost black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, blackberry and dark berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Very tannic and very promising. Packed with berry and fruit. Mulberry and blackberry in taste. With a long and exciting finish.
Last tasted6th November 2017Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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