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Late Bottled Vintage Ports

January 2, 2012
Question by: Fraser, Birmingham, GB

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Please give reviews on Symington Family Estates Late Bottled Vintage Port 2006 from the Wine Society, also price.

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Hi Fraser, Cockburn's, Dow's, Graham's and Warre's all make modern (that is, filtered) Late Bottled Vintage Ports, and Warre's also makes a Traditional Bottle Aged LBV (which is not filtered, and which we hold for ageing here in Gaia for four years after bottling before releasing to market).  All of these wines have been praised and recommended in the press and won awards at top competitions.  Here are some specific tasting notes and comments on each.  We are unable to advise you on pricing, as this is dependent on local taxes and retailers.  Be aware that in the next few months, as stocks of 2006 LBVs run out, the 2007s will be coming into the market.  In the case of the Warre's Bottle Aged LBV, the current offering is 2001, and later this year the 2002 will become available.

Cockburns 2006 LBV:  Gold Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards, their tasting note:  Rich, dense layers of pure berry fruit flavours with a touthful nose. Very Vintage in style with soft, ripe fruit.

Dow's 2006 LBV:  Silver Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards, their tasting note:  Rich berry fruit and ripe tannins in the mouth with a big, expansive finish. Elegant, sweet style that's well made and excellent quality.  Our own tasting notes point out: Dow’s LBV is full-bodied, rich but perfectly balanced with soft peppery tannins and with a fine acidity that ensures perfect balance on the palate. The classic Dow’s dry finish is always present in the house’s LBV.

Graham's 2006 LBV:  Gold Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards, their tasting note: Lovely full fruity aroma and flavours with underlying richness and intensity. Ripe and round palate with notes of cassis and spice and an interesting finish.  Our own tasting notes: Graham’s 2006 Late Bottled Vintage has a dark, opaque ruby colour with a deep red rim. With a lovely complex nose packed with opulent and powerful aromas of freshly picked rich, dark, blackberries, black cherries and hints of chocolate. The palate has a velvety intensity and is backed with solid, structured, rich and intense black fruit flavours. A racy and firm tannic structure leads to a long, sweet and immensely seductive finish.

Warre's 2006 LBV:  Our own tasting notes:  Warre’s 2006 Late Bottled Vintage has a deep ruby colour with a reddish rim. On the nose very refined, elegant and complex, bursting with intense red fruit and fragrant floral scents of violets and esteva (rock rose). On the palate there is a marvellous balance and subtlety, where very fine, pure fresh red fruit flavours of raspberries and cherries combine with hints of freshly picked mountain flowers and mint. A solid core of silky tannins leads to a long and seductive finish.

Warre's 2001 Bottle Aged LBV:  Silver Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards, their notes: Ripe fruit aromas and lovely rich, ripe, fleshy fruit on the palate with good purity of flavour.  Our own tasting notes:  Deep, rich ruby colour. On the nose is fresh, fragrant and floral with scents of rockrose, eucalyptus and (discreet) mint. On the palate Warre’s 2001 LBV is full, with ripe concentrated plummy fruit. In the mid-palate shows dark chocolate and sprinklings of spice and mocha. Long persistent aftertaste, with fresh acidity punctuating the finish.



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