Ramos Pinto Late Bottle Vintage Port 2009
The 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port, bottled in November, 2013, is a blend of 70% Touriga Nacional and 25% Touriga Franca, plus some dollops of Sousão and Tinta da Barca. It comes in at 94 grams per liter of residual sugar. Compared to its older predecessors in this vertical, this was rather hard to drink until it was retried a few days later. The mid-palate concentration is about the same, but the power on this youthful wine is another issue. The tannins are rather drying and aggressive on first pour, even if the big fruit is also front-and-center. It is certainly a very different vision of LBV Port than a lot of people will be accustomed to, but it does begin to come around with extended aeration (and a couple of days in the fridge). Fragrant and laced with strong fruit flavors, this ultimately showed beautifully. It really needs some more time in the cellar, but it is approachable if you give it some aeration.
Well-proportioned, with good grip to the wild cherry, plum tart and chocolate flavors, which offer lots of minerally notes. White pepper details show on the fruity finish. Drink now through 2022.
Bacon aromas lead to a wine that is spicy, dry and meaty in character. There is a stalky element at first, yet turns to fresh, ripe fruit balanced by lively acidity. Drink from 2017.