Dark and intensely purple right up to the rim. On the nose, a restrained and subtle aroma of rockrose and gum-cistus. On the mouth this has powerful and rich tannins with immense ripe fruit flavors. There are layers of bitter chocolate flavors with the characteristic freshly-ground black pepper finish. Less intensely sweet than all other leading Vintage Ports, Dow's 2003 has the thoroughbred drier style that will give excellent ageing potential.