As a reminder, Late Bottled Vintage Port is officially “ruby Port from a single year, chosen for its high quality and bottled after aging for four to six years in wood.” It’s designed to mimic Vintage Port somewhat, but at a far lower price.
Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage release for 2012 is extremely mild, a subtle mint chocolate note on the otherwise simply fruity nose. On the palate, light notes of dried cherries and almonds emerge, but it’s otherwise largely pruny, with a light chocolate note on the finish. It’s an altogether pleasant enough exploration of the power of fruit, but the whole affair is so light and uncomplicated that it almost comes across as one-dimensional.
B / $22 / dows-port.com