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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Qinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Fortified Port/Sherry/Madeira Touriga Portugal Douro 2000
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. view vintage charts 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.
Member Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Qinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Fortified Port/Sherry/Madeira Touriga Portugal DouroAdd your review
Actually, 4.4 stars. Color, this port has a nice, dense, a little bit aged color. On the nose, a lot of dried black fruits, dried raisins, some floral aromas coming through, a little (very little) hint of alcohol, but dried fruits are dominating in here, seductive. Midpalate, dried fruits still vibrant and dominating, black fruits coming through, full bodied, nice sweetness, blue berries. Finish, very smooth, dense, nice extremely smooth tannins, lingering in the mouth, textured, and very fine complexity, very balanced, very (sophisticated) finish, especially if you are having a fine cigar. Overall, this port is very well made. It will easily age for 50 to 60 years. However, if you're drinking it now, you indeed need to decant it for at least 2 days! Yes, two days! I am 95 on this effort. I can see it 96 after 25 years from now. Happy drinking!
External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Qinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha Fortified Port/Sherry/Madeira Touriga Portugal Douro
...Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle, violets, citrus and berries, plus hints of fresh herbs. Full-bodied and chewy, with refined tannins and a long finish. Lasts for minutes on the palate. An elegant, yet powerful and fruity style of young Taylor... Wine Spectator. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 2000 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 750ml
Wine Advocate ReviewAmong the most saturated blue/purple/black-colored examples of the vintage, Taylor's 2000 tastes like a young vintage of Chateau Latour on steroids. Aromas of graphite, blackberry liqueur, creme 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: 2010-2040.