The late bottled vintage (LBV) port style is intended to provide a snapshot of drinking a vintage port without the need for extended ageing of the wine, nor the need to shell out large amounts of cash. It thus exists as a sort of half way house between inexpensive ruby Ports and expensive vintage Ports. When the style works, such as with this particular wine, it represents very good value.
Cockburn’s late bottled vintage port from 2006 is largely delicious and well priced. Ruby in colour, it has medium intensity and developing aromatics of prunes, spices, raisins, pepper, fennel seed and anise. Its palate is medium sweet, and full flavoured, with 10 to 15 seconds of length, and flavours of prunes and plums dominating. The spirit is integrated well, and I left the glass wishing for another. Very Good