It is treated exactly like a Vintage Port, made with only noble grape varieties. The main difference is that it is aged for four, sometimes even five, years in wooden vats instead of the two years typical for Vintage Port.
Quinta do Noval created this category of Port when they bottled the first LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) in 1958. This is a most unusual and exceptional example as it is an unfiltered LBV (not the norm) and is made only with grapes from Noval's legendary vineyard. It's an outstanding introduction to the Noval style.
It is treated exactly like a Vintage Port, made with only noble grape varieties from the quinta, trodden by foot and unfiltered. The main difference is that it is aged for four, sometimes even five, years in wooden vats instead of the two years typical for Vintage Ports.
The result is a LBV with a difference; layered fruit, fine tannins, great freshness and purity. It is delicious to drink today, but will also continue to age beautifully in its bottle. This is Noval's 'Baby Vintage', and has a record that is second to none in the category. It is an undeniable bargain.
"The line is blurring a bit these days when you go from quality, traditional LBVs to lesser Vintage Ports. The big advantage for LBVs in those comparisons, and to me the deciding factor, is the price. They are the best values in Port. This is another terrific LBV from Noval--power, fruit, expressiveness and the ability to age." 92 points, Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate