Fonseca, Unfiltered LBV Port, 2009

Douro, Douro, Portugal

Fonseca, Unfiltered LBV Port, 2009

Douro, Douro, Portugal



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Grape Varietes: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca Wine Style: Sweet & Fortified Winemaker: David Guimarãens Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 102871
Estate Notes

Fonseca Unfiltered LBV Vintage Port 2009 comes from a very good Port vintage.

The wines used to produce Fonseca LBV were drawn from a reserve of some of the best full bodied red ports produced at the 2009 harvest, from grapes grown on Fonseca's own vineyards and on other top properties in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the Douro.The wines were aged in wooden vats of 50 pipes (27,500 litres) and bottled after five years.

Fonseca's LBV will benefit from being decanted before serving, as it is not filtered.


“Fruity, with fresh-crushed raspberry and plum flavors, accented by chocolate mousse notes. The powerful finish is rich, creamy and offers good grip.” Wine Spectator

“The 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an unfiltered Douro blend aged in large oak vats for some 60 months before bottling in 2014. It comes in at 101 grams per liter of residual sugar. Sweet up front, it shows its fair share of power as it airs out, plus some transparency and a hint of minerality. A day later, it seemed very fine. Sumptuous and delicious, it has underlying power and finesse, but it does seem rather toned down and a bit sedate for an unfiltered LBV in this big vintage. If it doesn't seem quite as full as its sibling, the Croft, also submitted this issue, it may have more of other things, particularly its vibrant flavor and expressive fruit. Although it rounds into form rather well, it actually seemed to need some more time early on. Some four days later it seemed more reticent. But just for fun, and noting that LBVs do tend to be reasonably resistant, I held it for another five days and it was drinking just fine on Day 9”