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Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage 2003

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Taylor Fladgate vintage port is marked by a style which seamlessly marries power and longevity with grace and finesse. Its dense concentrated black fruit and tannic backbone evolve over time into int

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Taylor Fladgate:
Taylor Fladgate is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its 310 year history. It is still a family run company producing the highest quality Port wines that continue to fetch a premium at auction. Taylor Fladgate is distributed in over 54 countries around the world. Taylor Fladgate has won prestigious awards for their declared vintages. Recently the Taylor Fl... Read more
Taylor Fladgate is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its 310 year history. It is still a family run company producing the highest quality Port wines that continue to fetch a premium at auction. Taylor Fladgate is distributed in over 54 countries around the world. Taylor Fladgate has won prestigious awards for their declared vintages. Recently the Taylor Fladgate 1992 was awarded a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker. The 1994 vintage also received 100 points and the Top Wine of the World award from the Wine Spectator. David Guimarãens leads the winemaking team that is responsible for maintaining Taylor Fladgate's position as a premium Port wine producer. Read less

Member Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage

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Snooth User: ryanopaz
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08/08/2007

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

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/19/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/19/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
11/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/19/2011

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.


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