Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Port
In tastings of young vintage ports, Taylor is always the most backward. Yet potentially, it has the capability to be the most majestic. This classically made, opaque purple-colored wine is crammed with black fruits (blueberries and cassis). It reveals high tannin and a reserved style, but it is enormously constituted with massive body, a formidable mid-palate, and exceptional length. It is a young, rich, powerful Taylor that will require 10ndash;15 years aging. Compared to the more flashy, forward style of the 1992, the 1994 has more in common with such vintages as 1977 and 1970. Anticipated maturity: 2008ndash;2045.
Schwarz, Rubinrote Farbe. Dichter, straffer Duft von Früchten. Aroma aus dunklen Beeren.
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.
This is a giant of a wine lurking behind fresh flowers and ripe fruit. Starts off in a friendly way, then takes hold of the palate, with intense blueberry and blackberry fruit and chewy yet fine tannins. Mouthpuckering, but impressively complex and long. Really kicks in on the finish. The best Taylor since 1994. Best after 2020.
In a word, superb. Itrsquo;s full-bodied, moderately sweet and incredibly tannic, but therersquo;s amazing finesse and refinement to the texture, not to mention fabulous, concentrated aromas of raspberries, violets and other flowers. Perhaps the greatest Taylor ever, itrsquo;s better than either the rsquo;92 or the rsquo;70, though itrsquo;s very like the rsquo;70 in structure. Best after 2010.
Even better than the excellent 1992, this is a live wire of a vintage Port boasting zingy berry, leaf, raspberry and earth aromas and flavors. Itrsquo;s full-bodied, and very closed. Tannins are super full. A big and muscular Taylor.
The 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port improved each time I raised it to my nose or mouth. It displays a black color and a salty, graphite-laced nose packed with sweet black fruits that is reminiscent of a stellar vintage of Chateau Latour. With air, notes of molasses, burnt sugar, spices, and jammy plums emanate from the glass. Full-bodied, hugely dense, immensely rich, as well as thick, this behemoth is also amazingly balanced and harmonious. Raisins, molasses, licorice, black cherries, plums, and a distinctive note of violets are found in its complex, seamless character. Its interminable finish reveals additional notes of chocolate, kirsch, red as well as black currants, dark cherries, and rose blossoms. Armed with exceptional power, depth, and purity, this Taylor will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest ever crafted by the Fladgate Partnership. Projected maturity: 2035-2060.
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