Royal Oporto Late Bottled Vintage 2012
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Port was bottled in April 2016 with a bar top cork. It comes in with 105 grams per liter of residual sugar. An old vines field blend (60 years of age), it was lightly filtered with a large-pore filter, but not cold stabilized. This is lovely, elegant, expressive and aromatic, with a juicy finish filled with the flavors of lifted fruit mingling with some sugar. The finish has beautiful tension and a fresh feel. The mid-palate concentration mostly reflects the vintage--it is not the richest LBV you can find, but it is certainly fine for this year. This could easily age a couple of decades, but the bar top cork is a sign that it is not meant to do so. If well stored--and if there are no cork failures--there is no rush. On the other hand, you can certainly dive in now. It may still improve a bit in the bottle.
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