Quite grapey upon opening, with plenty of fruit, spice and herbs. Develops a darker profile with time. Raisins, plums, chocolate. Rubber, petrol. Balanced and fresh. Sweet and savory. Medium to full bodied, fine dry tannin, medium acid, a rush of alcohol, cola, herbs, cough syrup, grapes, a balanced sweetness, dry finish. This is good. Between a ruby and a vintage port in terms of fruit, complexity and structure. A bit more simple than I expected but this should gain complexity with time in bottle. Let those tannins mellow a bit. I am a touch worried that the acid is too low with respect to the sugar, at least for my taste.
The wine is clear and bright with a medium ruby colour and presence of dense inky legs. The nose is clean and developing, showing medium+ intensity aromas of plum jam, strawberry jam, blackberries, violets, anise, chocolate and hints of cinnamon. The wine is sweet in the mouth with a medium acidity. It has medium+ coarse tannins and high warm alcohol. It has a full body and pronounced intensity flavours of plum jam, strawberry jam, blackberries, violets and chocolate. The finish is medium+.
It is an outstanding quality wine showing the typicity of a LBV Port, with a nice complexity provided by floral and sweet spices notes, a great fruit concentration and a very good finish. Can drink now, but it has enough tannic structure and fruit concentration to develop more complexity in the next 5-8 years.
Wow, just lovely. Been tasting through a number of ports in various styles but this same price range (15-25 for a 750ml) and this is my standout favorite.
Dark berries with herbs and coffe undertones. A fabulously rich and deep LBV, will age for years and could use a decant if drank now. Will certainly pick up more from this house. Imported by Martine's Wines; natural cork; 20% ABV.
20 percent by volume; bottled in (engarrafado en) 2012. $14/375 ml at Emporium, Yellow Springs, OH. The deep color has a 2 mm edge and rich tears. Deep and powerful nose consisting mosly of allspice, anise, nutmeg, walnut and cherries even after a week in the decanter (a little overwhelming in the first 2 days open). Luscious palate confirms with energy, juiciness and some heat. Long with slight bitterness, and with full rich tannins, begging for rich cheese now. Actually needs about 3-5 years more minimum before smoothly drinkable, but a wonderful example of type and an excellent buy, showing how some LBV can really approach and exceed Vintage Porto in the best hands.
Given a full month and even six weeks post opening (11/23/2013), smoothness, focus, and depth are all there, along with the vividness and power,, and can sustain a 93 score. No need to hurry for this one, eiether. This bottle goes to show that LBVs are in the best hands not a compromise at all, but a style well deserving its own following, just as a garrafiera is. Well worth cellaring. May not be worth cellaring beyond 50-75 years, but that's a quibble for us older folks.
Bottled July 2012. Authoritative ripe and sweet cherry fruit, rich aromas of spice and a hint of Tahiti vanilla; quite a firmly structured wine, with refreshing acidity and grippy tannins, relatively dry palate with surprising minerality; very good length. Much more serious and ambitious than the Symington 2007 LBV's. Needs a few years, potential for some 15+ years.
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