Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port
22 Ratings
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22 Ratings
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Dessert

Region

Portugal

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2011 Vintage) Impenetrable blue-black color with narrow purple rim. Intricate and finely constituted, the nose displays classic Taylor Fladgate elegance and poise. A dense core of pure, complex fruit, redolent of blackberry and cassis, is enveloped in a fragrant aura of violets. Resiny garrigue scents and subtle notes of licorice and black coffee emerge as the nose develops. On the palate, taut, linear tannins provide a solid framework. Fine berry fruit flavors linger into the finish where the tannins re-emerge, with an attractive touch of austerity. This is textbook Taylor Fladgate, the fine aromas and distinctive floral character of Vargellas blending with the dense dark woodland fruit and herbal scents of Terra Feita to produce a stylish wine with the unmistakable Taylor Fladgate combination of stamina and refinement.

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    rosexxxlily

    lighter in color, less syrupy

    almost 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • 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.
  • 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 1983 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/89
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1970 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - 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