Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2004

Cockburn’s always goes for a slightly drier style of port to the other big houses, and the LBV was exactly that.  A very soft nose, and with a dusty, cocoa and leather aroma arriving before the sweet fruit.  The palate was very savoury, with dusty spice, cinnamon bark and dark chocolate dominating the strawberry and bramble.  It is almost as though someone had got a fruit compote, and dusted it with lots of spiced cocoa powder.  As a wine on it’s own, it would be a little trickier to drink because of the savoury elements needing food, but because of that, it actually endeared itself to me more! 86pts (Nov 2009)

Graham’s Quinta do Malvedos Vintage Port, 2004

A lovely rich sweet jammy aroma with some lovely bright warm compote coming out.  A delicious sweet and spicy nose, plums and cocoa nibs. There is a black olive palate – tapenade and then some dark berries, some lovely earthy notes and a good, tobacco and twig flavour. Really lovely, really well balanced and really delicious. 92pts. (Dec 2012)