Churchill's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2013
Made of traditional Port grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and Tinta Cao, the Churchill's Late Bottled Vintage (or LBV) is made with the same care and consideration as a vintage Port. Aged in wood for four years and bottled unfiltered, it will continue to improve for at least five years in bottle after release. It will also have some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so it is best to decant, or take care to not pour out the very last drops. Look for a rich and concentrated mouthfeel, with overtones of plums and berries and velvety tannins. Serve with berry desserts, chocolate, or hard cheeses such as Stilton Blue and Aged Gouda.
Wine SpectatorAlluring, with a singed juniper note out front, followed by broad and fleshy waves of fig, boysenberry, plum and blackberry compote. Lots of licorice root and bittersweet ganache flavors coat the finish, while the fruit keeps pace. A dense, character-filled LBV that shows the quality of this vintage. Drink through 2025.
Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an unfiltered field blend bottled in 2015 with a long cork and 107 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was tasted from a full-sized bottle, to which the price applies. This LBV has some tannins around the edges as it airs out but it is certainly easy to drink now, if not quite at its peak. Firm and focused, it adds some eucalyptus on the nose, then finishes dry. Nicely done, this traditional LBV already has some bottle age but a little more wouldn't hurt. It is very youthful but still easy enough. Feel free to dive in now.