2009 Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal (750ml)

2009 Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal (750ml)

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The 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an unfiltered Douro blend aged in large oak vats for some 60 months before bottling in 2014. It comes in at 101 grams per liter of residual sugar. Sweet up front, it shows its fair share of power as it airs out, plus some transparency and a hint of minerality. A day later, it seemed very fine. Sumptuous and delicious, it has underlying power and finesse, but it does seem rather toned down and a bit sedate for an unfiltered LBV in this big vintage. If it doesn't seem quite as full as its sibling, the Croft, also submitted this issue, it may have more of other things, particularly its vibrant flavor and expressive fruit. Although it rounds into form rather well, it actually seemed to need some more time early on. Some four days later it seemed more reticent. But just for fun, and noting that LBVs do tend to be reasonably resistant, I held it for another five days and it was drinking just fine on Day 9, still fresh and precise. It is always subtle, perhaps a bit too subtle. It never knocks you over with its power or depth. Yet, it never disappears either. It always lingers and tastes great. In this vintage, it would still be nice to get a bit more pop and concentration, but whether unfiltered or not, it is obviously made for early consumption. Said David Guimaraens, winemaker: "We believe that as with all LBV's, they are most enjoyed soon after bottling..." I doubt anyone will have any in a decade or so, but it certainly has the wherewithal to hold if you choose to do so, even if it seems laid back and gentle. It wasn't always an attention-grabber, but I do feel compelled to lean up for its expressive and vibrant fruit. NOTE: This is labeled as unfiltered, but it does (rather unusually) comes with a bar-top cork and it is anticipated that it will be drunk young. 

 - Mark Squires of eRobertParker, 90 pts

Type: Wine
Tags: 2009, Dessert, GMC, Port, Portugal, Rated, Sweet,

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