Graham's 2005 Late Bottled Vintage, like Vintage Port, is a wine of a single year but it is not a "declared" Vintage Port. Whereas Vintage Port spends only two years in casks and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged in casks and then bottled with a light filtration at between four and six years old. At the time of bottling it has completed its maturation and is ready for drinking without the need for decanting.
Graham's LBV 2005 has an intense and deep impenetrable ruby colour. The nose has great complexity, combining vibrant youthful aromas of jammy red fruits such as raspberries with hints of peppery spice. On the palate rich and
full-bodied, with concentrated flavours of wild berries and nuances of black chocolate balanced by well structured tannins, leading to a long, firm finish.
Food pairing suggestion and serving: Graham's LBV can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts and hard cheeses like mature Cheddar or even
with a soft goat's cheese.
Wine EnthusiastWith its dense color and sweet fruits, this is wine that works well, with a great rich, soft texture. There is a concentrated juicy and jammy character, with final approachable spice and acidity.
Wine SpectatorFeatures lots of ripe fruit, with plenty of blueberry and blackberry character. Full-bodied, offering velvety and round tannins and a fruity finish. A fruit-forward style. Drink now.