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[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 fi... Read more
The 2003 vintage surrounds Taylorrsquo;s classically hard-core iron grip with fruit thatrsquo;s generous, succulent and rich. The aromas of violets... Read more
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
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[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is very much in the mold of the 1992 mdash; maybe slightly less rich but just by a whisker. Itrsquo;s dense without being heavy, with a beautifully spice-filled and long finish. Flavors of chocolate, mint and plum pudding linger elegantly for a few seconds longer than the rsquo;92. Hold.
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