Sunday, December 14, 2008

Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2003

I picked this up by mistake thinking it was Taylor's LBV 2003 after reading a positive review of it somewhere. When we went to open it I was a bit shocked that I had screwed up, but it turns out it wasn't a bad choice after all.

This port won a Gold and Trophy at the International Wine Challenge 2008. I'm not too sure about these awards, as they seem to give out a lot of medals making me wonder how special they are, but I don't think it's total guff. I need to research them a bit more when I get the chance.

Anyways, the wine. I thought it was just OK. I'm sure it was correct and everything, but I think I find this style of port a bit boring. It's still enjoyable, but from the tastings I've been to I think I prefer older tawnys. I'd say "older vintage port" (proper vintage port as opposed to late bottled vintage), but I can't afford them, and I'm not sure I've really tried any...

If you're an LBV person however, this is one to check out.

Late Bottled Vintage Port 2003
Douro Valley, Potugal
£8.99 (£11.99)

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