Tesco (Symington) 2008 LBV: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Tesco (Symington) 2008 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. No bottling date. Initially quite good fruit. Perhaps the taste of cherries without the sensation of eating the fruit. Some acidity. Flavour then collapses. Little aftertaste or tannin. Tastes oddly over-decanted from the bottle.

Date: 27th September 2014

Rated*: P-

Tasting 2

Notes: Filtered. Not very dark. Reddish-purple on edge. Good deep Porty smell on nose. Little fruit. In mouth, initial blackcurrants, well balanced with acidity and tannin. Slight astringency at end. Much better than I was expecting. Very drinkable.

Date: 12th February 2017

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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