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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port 2003
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.
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port
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 - somewhere between creamy and syrupy - and ample length. Hold.
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.
In tastings of young vintage ports, Taylor is always the most backward. Yet potentially, it has the capability to be the most majestic. This classically made, opaque purple-colored wine is crammed with black fruits (blueberries and cassis). It reveals high tannin and a reserved style, but it is enormously constituted with massive body, a formidable mid-palate, and exceptional length. It is a young, rich, powerful Taylor that will require 10-15 years aging. Compared to the more flashy, forward style of the 1992, the 1994 has more in common with such vintages as 1977 and 1970. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2045.
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.
... 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-bodi... Robert Parker. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 750ml
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.
Fresh and lively, with raisin, spice and hints of blackberry. Full-bodied and very tight, with plenty of tannins. Very long. Needs to open. '91/'92 Port retrospective. Best after 2008.