Churchill's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2014
While ‘regular’ vintage port, the pinnacle of any house’s production, is typically bottled after a maximum of 30 months in wood or steel (thus retaining a fresher, less oxidative fruit character, but often requiring decades of bottle age to tame the wine’s fierce structure), a parallel style of Late-Bottled Vintage developed. Hailing from vintage-quality grapes, these wines spend 4+ years in wood, retaining a good deal of vintage port’s character while being effectively ready to drink on release.
A field blend of grapes from two vineyards forms the backbone of this vintage Port. It is rich with young fruitiness that masks the firm tannins that will allow this wine to age many years. Berry flavors are balanced with acidity and richness to give a perfumed wine. In its young fruitiness it is ready to drink, although it will age well and really should not be drunk until 2025 at least.