It seems that this cold weather in Ontario has had some effect in increasing the flow of Port into the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. It has some attraction as a cold weather drink but I say it is fallacious to say it is a cold weather drink. It is an all-season drink just as rosé has been pigeonholed as the ultimate summer wine. Well be carried away by your preconceived notion of Port as whatever works with you that’s what counts.
But back to the matter at hand with a Dow’s 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Port or “LBV” as they say. LBV’s are affordable and may I be so bold as to say they rival the Vintage Ports that are at prices so many of us simply can’t afford unless you are a CEO of a corporation where in Canada you make by noon on the first day of the year more than an employee in your corporation makes ALL YEAR.
Being forthcoming I have a dozen bottles of Vintage Port in my cellar I will not drink in my lifetime. They have been earmarked for my children and perhaps even for their grandchildren.
I am a pensioner this year so my Port budget has been slashed but with LBV’s you can certainly attain a high level of Port excellence at a modest price.
The Dow’s 2013 LBV has an extreme black cherry colour and on the nose we reach a level of Port Nirvana with dense and deep aromas of concentrated black fruit mostly blackberry, vanilla and blueberry. A heady and rich aroma followed by a huge wallop of blueberry pie with sophisticated tannins that are so deeply and seamlessly intertwined with rich black fruit. You hardly notice them. A huge Port steeped in memories for some of the grapes in this Port were from Quinta do Bomfim where I stayed overnight after an incredible walk in the vineyards and a huge dinner where I was treated like royalty as a media rep. To stay overnight at that Quinta only huge buyers and prominent media types were admitted to this sacred place of Port.
You might say as a Port Newbie at the time here I experienced my Port baptism. The spirit has been with me ever since.
(Dow’s 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Symington Family Estates, Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal, $ 24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario #53364, 750 mL,20%, Robert K. Stephen a little birdie told me so Rating 92/100).