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Symington Family Estates Announce Re-release of Millennial Vintage Ports

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Symington Family’s Graham’s & Dow’s 2000 Vintage Ports to Hit US Market Again in June

Symington FamilySAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 20, 2014 – Symington Family Estates is pleased to announce the re-release of its 2000 Vintage Ports from the world-renowned Port houses of Graham’s and Dow’s. Matured bottlings of Graham’s and Dow’s Vintage Port from the celebrated 2000 Vintage year will be available again in early June in select restaurants and retail shops across the country.

A practice unique to the Port trade, the Symington Family holds back one third of the production from declared Vintage Years assuming the role that traditional wine merchants once had — cellaring the wines for an extended period of time in order to have something mature to offer for sale.

Joint Managing Director Rupert Symington had this to say about the family’s practice, “Our decision to hold back a percentage of Vintage Port has been a tradition for quite some time. Although Vintage Port is limited and will sell out en primeur, we see it as a service to the trade and consumers alike to offer a well aged product that has matured brilliantly and can be enjoyed immediately.”

The Graham’s and Dow’s 2000 Vintage Ports have aged superbly over the past decade and a half and are now exhibiting exceptional depth, supreme structure and softer tannins due to extended cellaring. The Graham’s 2000 Vintage Port (SRP $110) displays aromas of ripe plum and rockrose and is full and rich on the palate with ripe blackberry notes and a long clean finish. The Dow’s 2000 Vintage Port (SRP $99) is deep purple in color, with intense aromas of plums and cassis, ripe fruit flavors, hints of licorice and spice and a distinctive peppery finish.

About Symington Family Estates

The Symington’s have been Port producers for five generations since 1882 but their involvement in Port dates back fourteen generations to 1652 through their great-grandmother Beatrice Leitão de Carvalhosa Atkinson. The family company is the leading quality Port producer with brands such as Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s as well as being the leading vineyard owner in the Douro Valley with 2,385 acres of vines at 26 Quintas.  Many of the region’s finest Quintas belong to the family. For more information on Symington Family Estates, visit www.symington.com.

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