Barão de Vilar 2003 LBV: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Barão de Vilar 2003 LBV. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Looks filtered though claims otherwise. After quite a bit of decanting time, the Port produced a lot of fruit flavours with a very full and robust backbone. Perhaps worth seeking out an older one or seeing how this develops. It might even some sediment!

Rated*: P

Tasting 2

Notes: Surprisingly dark and tannic. Some treacle.

No rating.

Tasting 3

Notes: Unfiltered traditional LBV, although it only threw a little sediment. Colour is still dark and purple but fading towards the edge. Good complexity on the nose. Dark fruits, almost as if baked in a crumble. In the mouth, an initial hit of fruit with some acidity and a little sugar but quite a lot of quite severe tannins. The effect is rather dry and I think I would have preferred a touch more sugar.

Date: 4th February 2020

Rated*: P

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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