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Taylor Fladgate Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011
Opaque, purple black colour 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.Add winemaker's notes
Three and a half glasses
This bottle of port was a gift.Port wine is from the Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the City of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.The late bottled vintage style of port originated at the Taylor Fladgate port house in 1970.Wines from a single year are bottled between four and six years after harvest having spent the intervening years in oak barrels.The idea is to have a wine that is ready to drink immediately without decanting and a wine that can be drunk weeks after opening.My bottle is a blend of ports made from grapes grown in Taylor Fladsgate's own vineyards and bought in grapes.The varieties used are tinta roriz,tinta barraca,touriga francasa and touriga nacional although I do not know in what proportions. These varieties are all traditional Portugese grapes used in port production.I started my bottle last night and I must report that I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a plum and cherry style fruit there along with cinamon,date and raisin flavours. It is fairly sweet but not over sweet and I did notice the alchol [ abv of 20%] although it is also fairly smooth.
Dark, rich, spice and tar but not as long a finish as I was expecting. Nice but lacks power of the best LBVs. My rating 89.
Very nice nose with loads of dark fruit, on the palate that turned to blueberry for me which was great, had a board of cheese in front of me and I would have to agree that the blue cheese paired perfectly
Got this as a birthday present to myself. The lush burgundy colour it exudes is amazing, on the nose its pungent almost cognac-y scent entwined with an intense grape jam hint. It taste brilliant, thick bold tannins that indeed do come out very strong at first but after the initial sip it gives way to a more berry focused flavour profile, the sugar levels were great and ended with a long strong finish. It tasted like a moderately sweet aged Shiraz which to me was excellent, I had mine with a Lindt 85% Dark chocolate bar, perfect match.
Two and a half glasses
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Porto Late Bottled Vintage
Opaque, purple black colour 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.
With its charming aromas of spice drop, ripe cherries and schistous minerality, this Taylor looks set to zoom. And it is tasty, but also a bit soft and lacking structure mdash; something unexpected from a Port under the Taylor label. Turns chocolaty on the finish.
Has berry character, but itrsquo;s slightly funky, with old wood and earth notes. Medium- to full-bodied and medium sweet, with silky tannins and an earth and berry aftertaste. Drink now.
Pungent, aromatic nose with heaps of black fruit, dark cherry and plum. Lovely clean, crisp freshness to the bouquet. The palate is rounded, smooth, balanced. Flavours of blueberry and raspberry in abundance with delicious touch of black liquorice.
Has berry character, but it's slightly funky, with old wood and earth notes. Medium- to full-bodied and medium sweet, with silky tannins and an earth and berry aftertaste. Drink now.
The best-selling LBV keeps up its quality impressively. With its flavors of rich fruit cake and ripe tannins, it is soft and supple, and ready to drink without aging. But it has a touch of elegance and style that pushes it well up in quality.
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