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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port 1997

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Taylor’s finest and rarest wine, the very pinnacle of port. Only in a year when everything is perfect does Taylor's ‘declare’ a vintage. With the company’s reputation at stake, ‘declaring’ is not taken lightly, since it invites a knowledgeable and worldwide audience to judge whether perfection has indeed been achieved. The ultimate collector’s wines, Taylor's Vintage Ports will last for fifty years or more. They are renowned for their massive structure, concentration of flavor and distinctive ‘masculine’ style. Bottled after two years in wood, they continue to mature for decades in the cellar, slowly attaining the sublime elegance and power which are the hallmarks of the Taylor's style. Taylor's Vintage Ports are classically served after lunch or dinner, in a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere when their powerful aromas and rich flavors can be fully appreciated and discussed. They can be enjoyed without food, but cheese is a fine accompaniment, as are nuts or dried fruits. The Winter and Spring of 1997 were warm and dry. The higher than normal temperatures in February and March brought on an early bud burst and berry set for all the vineyards was very good. From flowering up to September there were frequent rain showers which meant that the initial advanced to the season was lost to a more gradual ripening period. The weather during the harvest was extremely hot and extra effort was made to prolong the fermentation. Yields, however, were down by around 30%. The high quality was evident in the winter from the start, with the intensity of the must, good integration of the spirit and powerful, attractive aromas.

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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

External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Saturated black/purple-colored, with stunning aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and iron, this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage. Extremely full-bodied, with silky tannin, spectacular concentration and


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2010

Beautiful. A young Port, with very pretty blackberry, violet and cherry character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish... Wine Spectator. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1997 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/10/2014

...Great minerally aromas of black plum black cherry roasted meat and deep spices. Very sweet and very dense with youthfully backward black fruit mineral and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with wonderfully ripe sweet tannins and superb persistence and grip... Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewBeautiful. A young Port, with very pretty blackberry, violet and cherry character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very well done. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/10/2014

Beautiful. A young Port with very pretty blackberry violet and cherry character. Full-bodied with velvety tannins and a long long finish... Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/10/2014

...stunning aromatics of blueberries blackberries licorice and iron this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage. Extremely full-bodied with silky tannin spectacular concentration and purity multiple flavor levels and an evolved forward personality this is an exquisite yet precocious 1997 vintage port.... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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Taylor’s finest and rarest wine, the very pinnacle of port. Only in a year when everything is perfect does Taylor's ‘declare’ a vintage. With the company’s reputation at stake, ‘declaring’ is not taken lightly, since it invites a knowledgeable and worldwide audience to judge whether perfection has indeed been achieved. The ultimate collector’s wines, Taylor's Vintage Ports will last for fifty years or more. They are renowned for their massive structure, concentration of flavor and distinctive ‘masculine’ style. Bottled after two years in wood, they continue to mature for decades in the cellar, slowly attaining the sublime elegance and power which are the hallmarks of the Taylor's style. Taylor's Vintage Ports are classically served after lunch or dinner, in a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere when their powerful aromas and rich flavors can be fully appreciated and discussed. They can be enjoyed without food, but cheese is a fine accompaniment, as are nuts or dried fruits. The Winter and Spring of 1997 were warm and dry. The higher than normal temperatures in February and March brought on an early bud burst and berry set for all the vineyards was very good. From flowering up to September there were frequent rain showers which meant that the initial advanced to the season was lost to a more gradual ripening period. The weather during the harvest was extremely hot and extra effort was made to prolong the fermentation. Yields, however, were down by around 30%. The high quality was evident in the winter from the start, with the intensity of the must, good integration of the spirit and powerful, attractive aromas.

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