Dows Late Bottled Vintage Port is style of Port designed for drinking when it is released. Late Bottled Vintage Port is Port from a single vintage that must be aged for between four and six years in oak cask, prior to bottling and release (compared to two years in oak, followed by bottle ageing for Vintage Port). This extended oak ageing period helps to soften the wine and speeds up the maturation process so the Port is much more drinkable at an early age compared to a Vintage or Single Quinta Port.
Dows is one of the most famous names in the Port trade and is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Symington family. The family, whose experience dates back over 100 years, supervises all the vineyards, winemaking and ageing of this wine. Dows acquired Quinta Senhora da Ribeira and Quinta do Bomfim in 1890 and 1896 respectively which made it one of the first Port firms to invest in their own premium vineyards. The Dows Port style is always full-bodies, a little drier and has a more peppery / spicy notes than some other Port houses due to the fact they allow their wines to ferment a little longer than most. Dows Late Bottled Vintage Port has won more awards than any other LBV Port and is released in both declared vintage and non-vintage years.
Dows Late Bottled Vintage (or LBV) Port is lightly fined, i.e. filtered, and does not require decanting.