Quinta De La Rosa 2017 "LBV" Late Bottle Vintage Port 500ml
This port has enormous concentration of color with great aromatic complexity: blackberry, blackcurrant, and a hint of mint flavors. On the palate, it is very full bodied with enveloping, mature, ripe tannins and grip, so that it will age well.
Very floral in profile, with violet and lilac accents leading off, followed by a decidedly red-fruit spectrum of raspberry, cherry and red currant coulis flavors that race throughout. Has grip, but this is more reliant on acidity, showing a nearly piercing feel as the tightly focused finish zips along, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Delightfully idiosyncratic. Best from 2033 through 2050.
The 2017 Vintage Port was bottled a few weeks before tasting after spending 18 months in used tonels. It is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, coming in with 98 grams per liter of residual sugar. Wonderfully aromatic and filled with flavor, this got plenty of aeration and didn't blink even a little. It was still vibrant and expressive. Aeration only made it more tannic. It is also delicious. This is potentially a great Port, and it seems like the best I've seen from La Rosa. This is sort of approachable in the near future, but it really needs (at least) a decade of cellaring. It has a lot of muscle and should age well.
Love the aromas of crushed blackberries, blueberries, slate and lavender that follow through to a full body, with firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows structure and length. Dry finish. Shows structure for the future. Try drinking after 2022.