While my first love is the California Cabernet, like many wine drinkers I don’t like being tied down to one region or varietal. I even enjoy the occasional bottle of port.
Now, I usually buy tawny or ruby ports, a little more cost effective and ready to drink. However, the other day, my wife presented me with a Late Bottled Vintage (LBV).
So, do you drink a late bottled vintage, or let it age? The answer is, “It depends.”
I did a little research. Wikipedia lists 11 types of port. It also notes that while LBV ports can mature slightly with age, they will never develop the character of a vintage port.
On a wine forum, I found a couple things to look for.
- Is the wine traditional of unfiltered? Unfiltered and traditional production method allows the LBV to age more gracefully.
- Does the wine have a traditional cork or a “cork stopper?” The cork stopper is the wine producer’s way of telling you not to age the LBV.
The bottle I had was unfiltered and had a traditional cork, but what if I could find one more source…
- Delicious. Drink now. – James Suckling – Wine Spectator
Hmmm. As I was puzzling out what to do, my wife told me, “Just drink it, and if you like it, I’ll buy you another one.”
It’s quite good.