(TORONTO, ON) – Yes. I used to be like you. Port was an obscure type of wine best suited to old gentleman at the club puffing on a stogie. It really wasn’t until I went on a press trip to Porto and the Douro that I changed my mind about Port.
Port is an extreme red wine. Luscious and powerful on one hand and, with tawnies, a delicate creature full of complexity.
In terms of muscular and powerful, the Vintage Ports and Late Bottled Vintage Ports, LBV, most often fit into this category. The LBV Ports are muscular and deliver a hefty kick at a reasonable price while the Vintage Ports are designed to age perhaps 50 years or more.
I have had 1937 Vintage Ports that were declining and 1886 Vintage Ports which were still babies.
The advantage of LBV’s is that they are rich and powerful and immediately accessible and available at a steal of the price in comparison to Vintage Ports.
Let’s try the Croft 2010 LBV.
Dark ruby in colour, the aromas are decadent and rich with massive blackberry, cassis, massively ripe and sweet black cherries, and lavender.
On the palate, loads of chocolate, mocha, tar, blueberries, and sweet plum with solid acidity and beautifully integrated tannins. A long gum numbing finish.
If this can’t win you over to Port I give up.
This is a beautiful Port and, I dare say, good until 2030. Best after the end of a meal and dessert, when the fireplace is crackling and more table wine simply won’t do.
Perhaps the most underrated red wine in the marketplace. Please don’t wait until you join the old men’s club to drink Port. A big mistake I made.
Very scant supplies left. Hopefully it will be released again in Vintages at the LCBO. Take advantage of a luxury wine at bargain based prices.
(Croft Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010, Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, 20%, $19.95, 750 mL, LCBO #87061, Square Media Group Rating 94/100)