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Just when things were running on rails, the wine world throws a curve ball.  I’m talking about LBV Port, specifically Unfiltered.  Turns out this is a whole different beast that I don’t have a clue about , being untrained and just a commoner.  There are several links to explain the differences:

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/40319

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Now, back to my bottle, an unfiltered LBV from 2011.  Veyy dark purple in the glass.  A nose of dark, rich plums, some alcohol and a touch of nutmeg.  On the palate- very rich dark berries, plums and a hint of spice.  Lovely.

The mid palate shows off very smooth plum compote, with a warm blackberry jam extraction and some ripe tannins.  The wine has spent time in the wood and has some vanilla notes to boot.  The acidity hits the finish along with more dark berries and some tobacco.  There is a certain dryness to this wine that I am really digging.  The mouthfeel is a little rough for me, with a green tannin compound but overall, very enjoyable.  91 points from me and 5 stars for this $18 effort.  If you enjoy a dessert wine, buy this one by the case.  Salut….