Now this is pretty smart. It may only be an LBV, with a T-top rather than driven cork. But it’s actually a really good Port, and worth thinking about as something to have on hand as the nights draw in and finishing the day with a glass of something sweet, delicious and alcoholic becomes an appealing prospect. It won a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, and a silver at the International Wine Challenge. I’d have this down as a solid silver.
You may well be able to get it cheaper than the list price as Christmas approaches, although I suspect the major Port houses will be using their ruby reserves for the bulk of the promotional activity, and trying to spare their LBVs and above.
Graham’s LBV Port 2006
20% alcohol. Ripe, sweet blackberry and spice nose. The palate is sweet, ripe, dense and grippy with nice raspberry and blackberry fruit, as well as some subtle casky notes. It has some dryness on the finish, even though it is sweet. 90/100 (£12.99 Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Co-op)