Taylor Fladgate " Vintage Port" 2009
95 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): ...lighter nose than the 2007 with precise dark cherry, Seville orange, fresh fig and a hint of scorched soil. The palate is full-bodied packed with ripe black cherries, fresh fig and white pepper; very harmonious and focused... Very pretty and very pure... (May 2011)
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Deep dark color to this wine. Alcohol hits me at first though blows off quickly leaving a spicy profile to the wine. Dark chocolate with a backdrop of fruit that hints at cranberry, blueberry, and chokecherry, yet it still to tight to fully see. Lush and rich in the mouth like a silken glove on the tongue, and with an acidity that is strong and in your face. Deep rich raspberry flavors with a chocolatey richness and hints of clove, anise and pepper. Violets begin to show up with more air, and in reality if this wine is to sing it needs a long time in bottle or a long decanting before hand. 4hrs later Still not sure about this wine but the nose has surely developed. Marzipan, coconut and vanilla notes mingle in the atmosphere of a musty old bodega. Strangely enough I'm reminded of Alicante Bouschet when tasting this wine, and it's pure fruit flavors. Opulent with a high acidity and probably a long life in front of it.
Just opened a bottle of 1982 Taylor Fladgate LBV port. WOW. Every bit of gusto still there with the overlay of velvet. Paired with a white chocolate/bittersweeet chocolate dessert, it was a knockout. If you can find it, get it! I wish we had a case of it. YUM!
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate " Vintage Port"
Taylor Fladgate is the aristocrate of Port wines. Always outstanding and rarely outdone in the spectacular 2011 vintage this wine scored high 90's across the board. The Wine Advocate gave it 96-98 and said "The 2011 Taylor’s Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating, glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But don’t let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylor’s." Extremely Limited!
The 2011 Taylors Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted Pandoras Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry plush and opulent with copious black cherries boysenberry and cassis fruit curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But dont let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylors. Tasted May 2013. Neal Martins Wine Journal.
Intensely fruity and dripping with luscious dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavors, leading to touches of sandalwood. Medium-grained tannins carry through to the lush, spice- and chocolate-filled finish. This shows fine grip and balance, with ... Wine Spectator. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 2009 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 750ml
Intensely fruity and dripping with luscious dark cherry blackberry and blueberry flavors leading to touches of sandalwood. Medium-grained tannins carry through to the lush spice- and chocolate-filled finish. This shows fine grip and balance with a very modern feel. Best from 2020 through 2045. 9 000 cases made. -KM Wine Spectator.
Taylor Fladgate's vintage Ports are always among the legendary wines. This hugely structured wine keeps the dense, perfumed tradition very much alive. Along with the power, it also has wonderful fruit, bursting out with blackberry jam. Even with all ... Wine Enthusiast. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 2009 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 750ml
"Clearly lives up to Taylor's superb reputation. Deep ruby, with intense violet and chocolate aromas, full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit flavors, full but well-integrated tannins and an extremely long finish. Amazing balance and finesse.
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 wine s tannins are less obvious than its acids. This seems distinctly less ripe and chewy than the great 2000 Taylor s but it s still extremely unevolved. Latour-like in its structure and reserve. Stephen Tanzers IWC.