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LBV’s are an increasingly popular category of Port. Similar to–but less-expensive than–Vintage Ports (which must by law be bottled within 2 ½ years of the vintage), LBV’s spend an extra 3 or 4 years mellowing in barrel before bottling. Therefore, they are more mature and easy-to-drink than Vintage Ports from the same year. Some LBV’s are filtered before bottling; those labeled “Tradition” are unfiltered and will deposit sediment with further aging.

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