Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2013, Quinta Do Portal, Porto
This is THE Port. Forget all you know about bland, ubiquitous LBV styles that appear in supermarkets at a certain time of year - this wine takes that style and sends it into a whole new stratosphere.
The Four Point Lowdown
- Wild dark berries and cocoa
- Luscious and juicy
- Drink me with allllllllll the cheese
- Perfect for the fireside on a long winter's evening
About this wine
This Port is an LBV style, or late bottled vintage, meaning it's produced only in years of excellent quality, and is aged in wooden barrels before bottling. However, unlike most generic LBV styles, Quinta do Portal use sustainable vineyard management to ensure only the finest grapes are produced and used. They also age the wine for four years in barrel before release, making sure the finished Port is smoother than silk.
You won't be able to wait until the cheese course for this one. The vibrant ruby red colour beckons you in, a deep sniff fills your head with the ripest red berries, and then the first sip is so smooth, rich, and yet elegant, that it most certainly won't be your last. This is a Port that thinks it's a wine.
What Makes It So Grape?
Produced in Douro Valley, Portugal
Quinta do Portal are family winemakers who produce Douro wines, premium Port Wines, fortified Moscatel wines and a little olive oil, and quality has always been their motto. True to this, their vineyards are subject to a strict protocol of sustainable practices, and they are also members of The Porto Protocol, a movement whose vision is a a world where companies join efforts and act together to slow and reverse climate change. Also, the area where the grapes for the Quinta do Portal range are grown is historically recognized as being the first property in the Douro to admit women to tread grapes.
The Douro Valley is a magical place, which not only produces fantastic Ports, but also incredible dry red and white wines which are often impeccable value for money. The Alto Douro Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and so the steeply sloping terraces where the vines grow enjoy protected status, and have to be farmed by hand.