RKS 2023 Wine: Porthead Alert! Pocas LBV 2015: Massive Blackberry Attack and Berserk Raspberry Personality!

If you want to become a full fledged Porthead hopefully you will recognize the incredible luxury Port offers at a bargain basement price. Yes there are Vintage Ports declared only in exceptional years but there are cheaper Late Bottled Vintage Ports to keep in mind. Quite frankly sometimes the line between LBV’s and Vintage Port can be fuzzy. This Pocas is going on to eight years in age and still behaves like a spring chicken. LBV’s make the luxury of Port even more affordable.

Massive blackberry assault on the nose. Blueberry is behind the main blackberry attack. Lest we not forget the black cherry and milk chocolate. On the palate there are some tannins of a solid nature but barely climbing to the moderate level. Mostly blueberry and blackberry on the palate.

Port has a great capacity to age. While in Porto in 2014 our Port producing hosts knowing we were Canadian opened up an 1867 Vintage Port that still had years left to be consumed. Canada was born in 1867 as a country. This LBV won’t last as that Vintage Port would but I think it can cruise well into the 2030’s!

Try this with a Mary Macleod’s (located in Toronto but ships throughout North America) Dutch Chocolate shortbread cookie where all butter richness meets Pocas LBV richness and the combo causes the Pocas to go into a happy berserk raspberry romp. Sublime. In the meantime I look forward to some LBV with Portuguese ox in February. More about that later.

(Pocas 2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Manoel D. Pocas Junior, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, $21.25, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 642058, RKS 2023 Wine Rating 92/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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