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.
"By bottling this Port unfiltered, the producer has given it the possibility of aging. So while the wine's rich black fruits and fully integrated spirit show it is drinkable now, the firm tannins, dark raisin and black fruit flavors give it a great potential as well." 90 points, Wine Enthusiast
"It is nicely aromatic, with a touch of eucalyptus. The structure is downright impressive, and this needed the time in cask. It tightens slowly but inevitably as it airs out. Noval doesn't make traditional LBVs that fall apart--and it will stay on a plateau for a long time." 90 points, Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate