- Show All (18)
Add a vintage
- There are currently no submitted critic scores.
Submit a Critic ScoreClose
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 nos... Read more
Among the most saturated blue/purple/black-colored examples of the vintage, Taylorrsquo;s 2000 tastes like a young vintage of Chacirc;teau Latour o... Read more
Everything in my notes indicates the classic Taylor style: powerful, built to last, fine structure and grip, unassailable Port. This is a dramatic ... Read more
Food Pairings for Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage
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: 2035ndash;2060.
Among the most saturated blue/purple/black-colored examples of the vintage, Taylorrsquo;s 2000 tastes like a young vintage of Chacirc;teau Latour on steroids. Aromas of graphite, blackberry liqueur, cregrave;me 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: 2010ndash;2040.
Everything in my notes indicates the classic Taylor style: powerful, built to last, fine structure and grip, unassailable Port. This is a dramatic wine that fills every pore of the mouth with flavor, though therersquo;s nothing particularly fruity about it. What comes forward in this young Taylor is an austerity, the scent of iron, a peppery brightness, structural elements that were less overt in the rounder rsquo;94. Still, the rsquo;97rsquo;s hard-core structure is balanced by a supple fruit component; the form of the wine is complete. the flavors may not fully emerge for years, which is what yoursquo;d expect from a great Taylor vintage. Drink 2014 through 2027 and beyond.
The 2003 vintage surrounds Taylorrsquo;s classically hard-core iron grip with fruit thatrsquo;s generous, succulent and rich. The aromas of violets and spice seem to rise out of a blast of black rock, the muscular tannin inseparable from the fresh fruit. Though the ripeness and richness of the vintage tends to blur many of the distinctions among the best Ports, the relatively dry style of Taylor stands out, the extreme power of its structure bringing to mind a wrought iron fence stretching off into the distance. Winemaker David Guimaraens describes 2003 as a concentrating year, and points to 1966 as a parallel to the vintage. Likely the longest lived of the rsquo;03s, this should be drinking best from 2033 through 2055, then mature into a firm old age for decades after.
[Barrel tasting] This is solid and powerful, with the dense mouthfeel of a big and rich young Port. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Very tight and muscular. Almost 95ndash;100. I expected a little more, but it could turn out even better after bottling.
Inky purple in color, this youngest Taylor vintage Port boasts a floral, wonderfully open and appealing bouquet, backed by layers of rich fruit. What makes this wine extra special is the seductive texture mdash; somewhere between creamy and syrupy mdash; and ample length. Hold.
Bright, saturated ruby. Vibrant, pure aromas of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate. Juicy, minerally, precise and penetrating, but quite primary and unevolved today. Shows strong but integrated acidity and a tight kernel of fruit. Best today on the slow-building, rising, aristocratic finish. But today the winersquo;s tannins are less obvious than its acids. This seems distinctly less ripe and chewy that the great 2000 Taylorrsquo;s but itrsquo;s still extremely unevolved. Latour-like in its structure and reserve.
Top Red Lists
Best Wine Deals
Folie a Deux Menage a Trois California (2011)Reviewed
Pio Cesare Nebbiolo BaroloScanned
Testarossa Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard (2012)Reviewed
Gigi Rosso Red Blend Piemonte DOC Dolcino Rosso (NV)Wishlisted
Pinot Noir anyone?Replied
Whatcha drinking tonight?Replied
Testarossa La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (2012)Reviewed
Beaulieu Vineyards Napa Cabernet (2007)Reviewed
Monte Ducay Reserva Seleccionada (2009)Wishlisted