Quinta do Portal

Quinta do Portal LBV Port 2009


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Oporto, Portugal

WA 92

Mark Squires for Wine Advocate rated this enticing LBV Port 92 points:

"The 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port was bottled in June 2014. It is a blend of Touriga Nacional (35%), Tinta Roriz (35%) and Touriga Franca (30%) from a big, hot vintage which featured the driest September in 22 years, said Coutinho. Maybe its just the youthful exuberance, but--in the context of Portal's more recent style–this is a sexy beast just now. Yet, it also illustrates the difference, I suspect, between Portal in 2000 and Portal today, because this is also beautifully balanced, a bit restrained and very focused. I was initially happy, but underwhelmed. Eventually, I came to think this was the best of Portal's modern group that I've tasted (2007 and up), by a hair, to be sure. Maybe the verdict will change as they keep evolving. In the meanwhile... Firm and tight on the finish, it still finishes with a rush of sweetness making it irresistibly delicious. If it doesn't seem rich and deep per se, it doesn't lack for sex appeal. It is bursting with flavor and well structured at the same time. It evolved and got better over several days and over several hours on each day. The more air it got, the more intense and powerful it seemed. This really needs a couple of years in the cellar for best results, despite the late bottling. Yes, you can certainly drink it now because it is also just plain delicious. You'll be better off waiting, though, because it should still improve in the bottle over the next few years. Of course, it's an LBV. Buy a few. Decant it and have one tonight. The price is nice and so is the wine."

Enjoy Quinta do Portal LBV Port 2009 from 2016 to 2040 with dessert or after dinner.

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