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Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV
Novice port drinkers can do no better than to begin here: First Estate is a soft and glorious mouthful. It is an outstanding vintage character blend, made at the very first property purchased by the company, Lugar das Lages, in 1744. Rich, fruity and elegant, it is aged for four years in cask and is ready for drinking immediately. As enjoyable before a meal as after.
For a NV Ruby, or any Ruby, this one is a beauty and good Lord, how inexpensive. Very intense and concentrated, lovely thick burgundy color, bits of chocolate, fudge, liquorice, and anise. A deep jammy Plum taste. Still seems very young and will be very interesting to see how and if this ages well.
Very dark in colour. This sweet, full bodied port has hints of black currant, blackberry, plums and ground pepper. Medium acidity and soft tannins. Goes very well with chocolate.
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port
With its dried raisin aromas and fresh, sweet, fruity character, this is a great example of Reserve Ports. It has a touch of tannin to go with the soft fruits, and flavors of ripe black figs and dark plums. First Estate is produced at Taylor Fladgate's original vineyard at Regua, which was bought in 1744.
This features well-defined plum pudding and cherry syrup flavors, with boysenberry notes. Milk chocolate lingers on the chalky finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Wine Tasting NotesTaylor, Fladgate First Estate is a superb, non-dated port for everyday drinking, superior to standard ruby port but a bit less special than Late Bottled Vintage. Ready to consume when purchased, it does not improve with bottle age, and requires no decanting unless the bottle has been kept for some time. Its rich, jammy, black-fruit flavors, mellow oak notes and full body make it an excellent partner for rich, highly flavored cheeses as well as intense desserts such as chocolate which easily overwhelm lighter wines.