LBV is the poor man's vintage port, and Taylor Fladgate has a very good one.
Deep and dark. The bouquet is a bit muted at first and opens slowly. Deep and compact: plums, jam, nutmeg and other spices. Plums again on the palate, deep and compact like fruit cake. A restrained sweetness. Warm on the finish and even a bit alcoholic. Black fruits emerge more and more but still basically spicy. Tasted side by side with the 2002 Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port, it suffers a bit by comparison but is still a very good wine and a very good value.