A small quantity of Warre was declared as a vintage in 2009, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the liberation of Oporto from Napoleon by Anglo-Portuguese forces. The is made in the dry, firm Warre style, dense and packed with solid tannins. At the same time, it has a perfumed character, leaving the tannins to return on the finish.
A knockout of a 12-year-old tawny, with heavy, inviting caramel aromas and flavors. The color is still slightly rosy, showing that this wine has retained its fruity roots. Structured and weighty in the mouth, with notes of cloves and ginger throughout.
Traditional here means that this is bottled unfiltered, giving it a good aging ability. Bottled in 1999, this is smooth and velvety in texture, showing signs of maturity. It has many of the complex flavors of a vintage Port.
A floral wine, offering dusty tannins to go with its sweet crushed strawberry flavors. There are spice and black fig flavors as well as elegance—a sense of proper restraint just waiting to power out in maybe 10 years. At the moment, it is all fruit, but over time it will show more structure.
Light in color, refined in the nose, and intense in the mouth. It’s packed with toffee, nuts, dried apricot and other delicious and sophisticated flavors. There’s dynamite fruit quality here, but it’s the creamy nuttiness on the palate and the finish that steals the show.
Warre’s LBV is a crusted, traditional style, which has been bottled unfiltered and which matures in the bottle. That’s why this wine is so fine and rich and only now reaching maturity. It is dry, with layers of tannins and dried fruit flavors. Tasted blind, it would certainly be mistaken for a vintage Port. —R.V.
As is normal with Warre’s LBV, this is bottled with a sediment, meaning it can age in the bottle. It is beautifully balanced, the ripe flavors sitting comfortably with the core of acidity and dark tannins. There are dried fruits, raisins and sultanas, as well as fresher sweet plums.
With firm and structured tannins, the wine has strong potential. It also has an element of blackberry juice that provides ripe fruit as well as acidity. There is a cool feel to this wine, with a dry finish.