Roy Hersh (94 points):
"Inky and fully opaque with dark garnet edge. Lots of thick tears on the glass from lots of glycerin. Primary brambly blueberry and boysenberry fruit flavors are vibrant and rich, loaded with very fine round tannins and adorned by a long unctuous finish. It makes a huge impact, the structure of this youthful Dow impeccable -- built for serious, long term cellaring. I can guarantee this will be an amazing Port by the time it reaches fifty years of age; and it should still provide some fine drinking well beyond that point. Intensely focused and just an awe inspiring young Port. In my opinion, Dow is unquestionably the best 1980 VP!"