Noble & Murat 2012 LBV Port

Noble & Murat 2012 LBV Port

Item Number: 12181

UPC: 5-600197298911

Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Sub Region: Douro
Appellation/AVA: Douro DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2012
Grape(s): 90% Field Blend Mixed Varieties / 10% Very Rare Touriga Nacional Clone
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 20
Case Production: 1,300

Noble & Murat is one of the newest established port houses with the oldest growing history. Utilizing the wisdom of traditional techniques, this Late Bottled Vintage port, or LBV, has the tannin structure of a vintage port. There is not another LBV on the market that comes close to the quality of Noble & Murat LBV.

Winemaking Notes: This elegant and balanced expression LBV is the result of the artful blending of six prestigious old vine parcels which are hand harvested, vinified and aged separately. In a return to ancient techniques to help with the extraction of color, structure and flavor, the grapes are destemmed and 100% foot-trodden in granite lagares. During the fermentation and maceration there is a re-introduction of layers of lignified stems which yields a wine that is drier and higher in natural acidity. The wine is then bottled unfiltered after four years of ageing in stainless steel and 150 year-old seasoned chestnut vats.

Pairing Notes: The intense blackberry and raspberry flavors and lively acidity in this LBV allows it to pair with savory foods like rare duck breast and duck confit, roasted pork loin with fig compote and turkey with cranberry, aged cheeses (especially blue cheese) and charcuterie.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (12/29/2017)

    The 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a field blend coming in at 94 grams per liter of residual sugar. Two-thirds aged in stainless steel, with the rest in Chestnut casks, this was bottled unfiltered and with a real cork in April 2017. This traditional LBV is lovely. It is respectably concentrated for this elegant vintage and well on the fresher side, consistent with the vintage and the stainless steel. It has beautiful fresh fruit, purity and focus. The fruit is expressive and capable of developing more complexity in time. The lingering finish is laced with chocolate and blueberries, but it dries quickly, showing off good structure too. This is very well done.