Osborne 2005 LBV: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Osborne 2005 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: Filtered LBV. Bottled 2010. Somewhat attractive on nose. A gently gripping grapeyness but fades quickly. Followed by something slightly floral, although this is weak and distant. In the mouth, sugar hits the roof of the mouth like a mouthful of ice-cream. However, it is followed by a certain amount of astringency, with some rough green tannins and short, slightly peppery aftertaste, all of which is quite disappointing. Time in the decanter mellows but does not improve. Not great. On revisiting the second half of the bottle after a week in the fridge: completely different. Much more balanced. Less astringent. Very nice.

No rating.

* 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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