Dow’s 2008 Late Bottled Vintage Port

Header-image-StephenBy Robert K Stephen (CSW)

(TORONTO, ON) – Black plum coloured. Aromas of ultra ripe decadent black cherries so rich they’d be offered to the Greek gods. An overwhelming solid mass of richness. Notes of dark chocolate, liquorice, and tar.

On the palate, seductive and smooth, bursting with ultra ripe black cherries and butter tarts.

Smooth as all get out, but swirl and look for tannins and they are there, with beef brisket undertones. Quiet creeping alcohol on the palate.

Consume now, but a keeper for the next decade.

This Port is a bit of a slap in the face for those looking for those Vintage Ports which are declared in exceptional years. The more I try these Late Bottled Vintage Ports the more difficult it becomes to determine what constitutes a Vintage Port.

This Port does not send me to the moon and back, but it sure sends me from Porto back to Toronto in a happy mood.

If you love red wine, and appreciate an Amarone from Italy, your wine growth certainly depends on you trying Port.

Port is the ultimate red wine, albeit fortified by neutral alcohol spirits. Despite the addition of alcohol to arrest fermentation, ultimately this is red wine on steroids.

The leap to Port is daunting for about 97% of red wine lovers. Please, take the leap and give this one a try.

Once upon a time I was like you; Port … a strange wine for fuddly duddlies. Wine stereotypes … are you beyond this?

If you can find this LBV, it’s a stellar discovery.

(Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2008, Symington Family Estates, Oporto, Portugal, 750 mL, LCBO #613927, $17.95, 20%, Square Media Group Rating 92/100)

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Robert Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he loves The Square. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write." Email Robert Stephen