Robert Parker 88
This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1966 is a top success for that vintage; in fact, it would be hard to find a better port from that year.
Dow s 1966 Vintage Port is a gorgeous example of the year, offering intense, deeply concentrated cherry liqueur, toffee, candied fig, maple syrup, datecake and membrillo qualities and a vibrant, spicy overtone. Silky and seamless in texture and finely detailed, it seduces with its balance and elegance rather than opulence and power, fully in keeping with the house style. Its intense sweetness is mitigated by its sharp delineation and energy. I have no doubt that it will outlive 1962-vintage people like me. Its a wonderfully flexible Port to serve with all sorts of not-too-sweet, savory desserts and, especially, mild cow s milk blue cheeses.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035