Warre's<br />2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port<br>Portugal

2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port

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TYPE Sweet - Fortified
REGION Douro | Portugal
GRAPES Red Blend | Touriga Nacional | Touriga Franca | Tinta Barroca | Tinta Roriz
93 points, Wine Enthusiast |
92 points, Wine Advocate |
About the Wine
Critic Reviews
93 points, Wine Enthusiast
“Long maturation in the bottle after wood aging has given this wine great quality and style. It has a dry edge that is typical of Warre’s, along with mature dried fruit and spice flavors. The wine is fine; it’s ready to drink now”

92 points, Wine Advocate
“The 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port is the new release, although hardly a new wine. It is a traditional Douro field blend, heavy on Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. It was bottled unfiltered in 2013 with a long cork after four years in cask and then held back at Warre’s lodge for bottle aging before release. It comes in with 109 grams per liter of residual sugar. It’s pretty spectacular. This unfiltered LBV is expressive and delicious. With the extra aging, it is also velvety and harmonious, but this certainly has the power to spare the next day. It has the depth to coat the palate and fill the mouth too. With 90 minutes of air, it is fresh, but it finally shows welcome hints of complexity. It does everything well and most things brilliantly. It should hold beautifully, at least for 20 years from its vintage date, but I’m guessing 30 may be more like it. For now, let’s be a little cautious, but if you have good storage, there is no reason to worry about it anytime soon. If I had a quibble here, on the second day it was tasted, it seemed to become a very different wine. What was balanced and harmonious became much riper and more angular as the power, and big fruit became more obvious. Nothing made me retract my initial positive view, but it did create a ceiling, at least for the moment. This is a Big Boy, and it will be interesting to see if it holds its balance and meets expectations as it ages. I think it will.”

About The Winery
Founded in 1670, Warre's is the oldest British Port company established in Portugal. Its is the history of two families: the Warres and the Symingtons.The first Warre, William, arrived in Portugal in 1729 and became a partner in the export company Messrs. Clark, Thornton & Warre, which exported Portuguese wine among other goods. By the 18th century, Warre's had become one of the leading companies in the Port trade. The Symington family joined Warre & Co in 1905 and in 1908 became the soul owners. The Symington family, now 5th generation Port producers, have managed Warre's for over 100 years and continue to drive it forwards today. Currently six members of the Symington family are actively involved in Warre's day-to-day management, with the dedication and long-term commitment that are unique to a family-run business.

For 350 years Warre's has been a pioneer in the Port trade, from advances in the winery to viticultural research. Sourced from three vineyards - Quinta da Cavadinha, Quinta do Retiro Antigo, and Quinta da Telhada - the majority of the Port produced is made with modern methods, using state-of-the-art vinification technology, however a small proportion is still produced by the time-honored method of treading.

The Symington family's centuries-long dedication to the Douro is reflected in its status as a B-Corporation. Committed to sustainability, in 2019 Symington Family Estates passed the rigorous certification process to become a B Corporation, where they join a global community of for-profit companies assessed for the highest standards of social and environmental performance and ethical business practices.