calexs wrote:Hello again,
I posted a topic last week and got some very good advice, thankyou.
After trying Dow's Midnight Port and Taylor's 10 yo Tawny, I went to Asda, as suggested, and bought a bottle of Graham's 2003 LBV and Dow's Crusted Port.
I really liked the Midnight and loved the Tawny. Today I opened the 2003 LBV and after one glass I must say I think I find it less accessible and immediately rewarding than the two I perviously tasted. To me it is noticebly more tannic (I think that's correct - more of a 'dry tongue' after swallowing) and maybe that's the reason I find it to be more one-dimensional than the Taylor's Tawny.
I'd be interested to hear other people's opinion as I'm very new to this and maybe need to get used to tannins in ports before I can fully appreciate their subtle flavours.
Glenn E. wrote:In my experience, people who are new to Port tend to prefer tawnies over rubies. I believe this to be due to the fact that rubies (which includes Dow's Midnight as well as LBVs, Crusteds, and Vintage Ports) are more similar to red wine and so draw comparisons with red wine. Port is much sweeter than red wine, though, so I think it throws people off.
Andy Velebil wrote:Try the Graham's LBV, or any LBV, on day 2 or 3 and see what you think. Typically by then the tannins have mellowed a bit and the Port is a bit more harmonious overall.
And yes, as you mentioned big tannins are something that can be distracting until you get used to them. It's one reason why most people have a hard time evaluating very young Vintage Port, as they can't get past that wall of tannins.
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