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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
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Wine Details

Varietal

Red Port

Style

Fortified

Region

Portugal

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2003 Vintage) Taylor’s finest and rarest wine, the very pinnacle of port. Only in a year when everything is perfect does Taylor's ‘declare’ a vintage. With the company’s reputation at stake, ‘declaring’ is not taken lightly, since it invites a knowledgeable and worldwide audience to judge whether perfection has indeed been achieved. The ultimate collector’s wines, Taylor's Vintage Ports will last for fifty years or more. They are renowned for their massive structure, concentration of read more...Taylor’s finest and rarest wine, the very pinnacle of port. Only in a year when everything is perfect does Taylor's ‘declare’ a vintage. With the company’s reputation at stake, ‘declaring’ is not taken lightly, since it invites a knowledgeable and worldwide audience to judge whether perfection has indeed been achieved. The ultimate collector’s wines, Taylor's Vintage Ports will last for fifty years or more. They are renowned for their massive structure, concentration of flavor and distinctive ‘masculine’ style. Bottled after two years in wood, they continue to mature for decades in the cellar, slowly attaining the sublime elegance and power which are the hallmarks of the Taylor's style. Taylor's Vintage Ports are classically served after lunch or dinner, in a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere when their powerful aromas and rich flavors can be fully appreciated and discussed. They can be enjoyed without food, but cheese is a fine accompaniment, as are nuts or dried fruits. (hide)

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    rosexxxlily

    lighter in color, less syrupy

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2003 Vintage) When the soils at Vargellas bake in the August sun, they give off a dry heat that has translated directly into this wine. Each taste is a shower of broken schist complexities that explode out of the fruit, in a wine that seems to immortalize the soil rather than the season. On release, Taylor is usually more tense, more tightly wound in its structure that this 2000, a vintage with definitive architectural underpinnings balanced by muscular, bold and rounded fruit. Both elements are primary, but neither forms the lasting impression of the wine. They balance and complete it, line it up for a century of life, even as the complexities of the wine singe themselves into an almost physical memory of the taste. They leave an impression from the lips to the back of the throat, a tension that refuses to diminish, a line of energy with the power to warm the soul.
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1948 Vintage) Rating: 99/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/89
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1983 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/89
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1963 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/89
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2007 Vintage) Opaque purple black color with a narrow violet rim. Characteristically stylish and racy, with a nose of dense blackcurrant and woodland fruit overlaid with discreet herbal nuances and scents of violet and rose petals. As usual the classic Taylor Fladgate elegance and understatement conceal the wine's inner strength and stamina. On the palate it displays the lean, sinewy and tightly knit tannins which are so much a feature of the house style and the vibrant and clearly delineated fruit flavors which are the hallmark of the 2007 vintage.