Tasting Date: December 2010
Tasting Date Price: $21.99
Rating: WS 2005/87 WE 2005/91
Alcohol Content: 20%
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Visual Aspect: Intense and deep impenetrable ruby colour.
Nose: The nose has great complexity, combining vibrant youthful aromas of jammy red fruits such as raspberries with hints of peppery spice
Palate: Rich and full-bodied, with concentrated flavours of wild berries and nuances of black chocolate balanced by well structured tannins, leading to a long, firm finish.
Food Pairing: Graham’s LBV can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts and hard cheeses like mature Cheddar or even with a soft goat’s cheese.
Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port is a superb wine selected from the finest production of a very good year, but unlike a ‘declared’ Vintage Port – which is bottled in its second year, ‘LBV’ matures for an average of 5 years in seasoned oak casks prior to bottling (hence the term, ‘Late Bottled’). This wood – ageing encourages the wine’s development and it is therefore ready to drink sooner than Vintage Port. As with the latter, Late Bottled Vintage Ports are sourced primarily from the Malvedos vineyard.
Graham’s LBV is a leader in its category and highly prized by Port enthusiasts in the British Isles, traditionally one of Port’s most discerning and competitive markets.
Graham’s wines come primarily from its own Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua
and Quinta das Lages in the Rio Torto. Two others, privately owned by a member of the Symington family, Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas, also supply Graham with finest quality grapes. All five Quintas are among the best in the upper Douro valley. Graham’s also buys grapes from selected farmers in the finest districts. Some of these farmers have been selling their grapes to Graham’s for generations.
Graham’s 2005 Late Bottled Vintage, like Vintage Port, is a wine of a single year but it is not a “declared” Vintage Port. Whereas Vintage Port spends only two years in casks and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged in casks and then bottled with a light filtration at between four and six years old. At the time of bottling it has completed its maturation and is ready for drinking without the need for decanting. Graham’s has always been renowned for producing outstanding Ports. Its Late