Dow's 2005 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a wine of a single year but it is not a "declared" Vintage Port. Whereas Vintage Port spends only two years in oak cask and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged in seasoned oak casks and then bottled, when it is between four and six years old. At the time of bottling, Dow's LBV has completed its maturation and is ready for drinking without the need for decanting.
Dow's LBV has consistently won more awards that most other LBV Ports on the market and has earned a reputation for excellence.
The nose has intense lifted aromas of wild berry fruits and floral hints exploding from the glass. Full-bodied palate with excellent dark fruit flavors such as black plums, combined with nuances of dark chocolate. Ending with a long slightly dry finish.
Dow's Late Bottled Vintage Port pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts and hard cheeses like aged Cheddar or creamy blue.