Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage 2003
1st Wood, earth, dried fruit, and cinnamon on the nose. The mouth is complex with cherry, blackberry, clove, minerals earth and chocolate. Fine tannins with a nicely balanced acidity. 4/5 2nd Dried fruit, wood, and almond/hazelnut show on the nose. High acid, big tannins though a bit rough. Flavors of grape, blackberry, and spices. [NR]
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage
Beautiful. A young Port, with pretty blackberry, violet and cherry character. full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very well done. Best after 2007.
Saturated black/purple-colored, with stunning aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, licorice and iron, this is one of the stars of the vintage. Extremely full-bodied, with silky tannin, spectacular concentration and purity, multiple flavor levels, and a more evolved, forward personality than Taylor's other top vintages, this is an exquisite yet precocious 1997 vintage port. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.
Among the most saturated blue/purple/black-colored examples of the vintage, Taylor's 2000 tastes like a young vintage of Château Latour on steroids. Aromas of graphite, blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis, and smoke jump from the glass. Spectacularly concentrated and enormously endowed, with sweetness allied to ripe tannin, decent acidity, and layer upon layer of fruit and extract, this is the leading candidate for the port of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040.
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.
When the soils at Vargellas bake in the August sun, they give off a dry heat that translates directly into this wine. Each taste is a shower of broken schist that explodes out of the fruit. The structure prepares the wine for a century of life, even its complexities single themselves into an almost physical taste memory.
Bright, deep ruby. Superripe but youthfully clenched aromas of kirsch, blueberry, black licorice, smoke and minerals. Densely packed, suave and thick; has the texture of liquid velvet but urgent minerality gives it outstanding energy and a light touch. Best today on the slow-building, firmly tannic, spicy, palate-staining finish, which shows more grip and thrust than the Vargellas. This gained in complexity and definition for upwards of 72 hours in the recorked bottle. The Vargellas is an outstanding site expression while this is a great blend-and likely to enjoy a slower evolution in bottle. As usual, this should be among the longest-lived wines of the vintage.
Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle, violets, citrus and berries, plus hints of fresh herbs. Full-bodied and chewy, with refined tannins and a long finish. Lasts for minutes on the palate. An elegant, yet powerful and fruity style of young Taylor. Best after 2012.