Roy Hersh (FTLOP - 96 points):
"Very dark opaque ruby-purple color. It's floral nose which also displays black cherry, blackberry and obvious notes of chocolate coming to the fore. After trying this a few times, I poured a glass for my wife to try and she sipped, smiled and responded, 'At first, all of these young ones seemed so different than the Vintage Ports we normally drink. This is so incredibly good, which is it?' I think she's onto something. This Dow is atypically sweet 3.7 Baume, it is so big and dense in the mouth, it literally packs a fruit filled wallop. This infant is deftly balanced, with a concentrated intensity and underlying covert tannic structure. It has all the stuffing not only to age for many decades, but to wind up in the very upper echelon of this fine vintage. I have never enjoyed a very young Dow as much as this one. A fabulous 'benchmark' Port for the ages."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (94 points):
"The complex aromatics of the opaque, black-colored 2003 Dow Vintage Port display chocolate, dried oak, black cherries, blackberries, copious spices, and a myriad flowers. This fresh, backward wine offers a medium to full-bodied, deeply concentrated core of spice-laced dark fruits. Softly-textured and seductive in the mid-palate, it boasts abundant layers of candied Damson plums, blueberries, black cherries, molasses, and hints of chocolate before revealing its firm structure. Extremely youthful and primary, this exceptional effort demands patience. Projected maturity: 2025-2045+."