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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Quinta de Vargellas 2015

Member Review by sfquixote:

This wine reminded me why I adore Portuguese reds. It's a big, bold, juicy, slightly sweet wine full of plum and forest fruit flavors. Paired deliciously with a simple spinach salad and acorn squash and sausage bake.

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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

Member Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Quinta de Vargellas

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Snooth User: sfquixote
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 09/08/2010

This wine reminded me why I adore Portuguese reds. It's a big, bold, juicy, slightly sweet wine full of plum and forest fruit flavors. Paired deliciously with a simple spinach salad and acorn squash and sausage bake.


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 06/28/2011

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!


Snooth User: scoobyacz
1745703
5.00 5
Vintage: 1987 05/03/2009

Outstanding. I bought two bottles a couple of years ago. Enjoyed one with friends who came to us for dinner. It was so good I decided to save the other for a really special occasion


Snooth User: ryanopaz
278311,619
0.00 5
Vintage: 1974 08/08/2007

Medium intense color with slight orange tinge at the rim. Mose of wood, anise, deep berry notes, faint clove and lots more. Rich mouthfeel w/slight woddiness, rich dryed fruits of cherry, blackberry, Plum and dates. Big in the mouth with a strong alcohol finish. this kept developing for at least 2 hours showing candied cherries later on. I was really surprised how big this was for being 30yrs old. Maybe not the most complex port but definatley delicious! [NR]


External Reviews for Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Quinta de Vargellas

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
01/24/2018

Here is Taylor Fladgate Single-quinta, or single-vineyard, vintage Port. It is produced only in exceptional years in which a general vintage is not declared. Quinta de Vargellas has been part of the Taylor Fladgate estate for more than a century and is considered to be one of the top 100 vineyards in the world. It has the highest percentage of old vines of any quinta in the Douro, with 60% over 75 years old. All grapes undergo the traditional foot treading method, ensuring their fullest expression. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. Following two years in wood, the wines are bottled unfiltered and will continue maturing for decade or more. THe Wine Advocate scored this 93-95 points saying "The 2015 Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port comes in with 99 grams per liter of residual sugar. This single-quinta Porto was a tank sample when tasted, although the final blend and out of barrel. This has fine precision and a tight, steely edge. It opened with too little concentration, but it kept putting on weight in the glass, showing enough stuffing to balance the steadily increasing power. Fresh and clean, with a fruity finish typical of the vintage, this eventually tightened to the point where the tannins popped up early and often, overwhelming the fruity beginning. This is probably the most backward of the 2015s from the Fladgate Partnership this issue. It might well wind up being the best—although that is not my early bet (see the Fonseca Guimaraens). That also means that it was certainly one of the most difficult to evaluate at the moment. Certainly, it may have the most potential to improve in the cellar. In short, this will need more time, but it looks promising given its impressive structure. Prepare to hold this awhile. It is fashionable these days to dive into Port very young, but the 15 years indicated may not be nearly enough." Extremely limited!


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Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2012 10/28/2016

Here is Taylor Fladgate Single-quinta, or single-vineyard, vintage Port. It is produced only in exceptional years in which a general vintage is not declared. Quinta de Vargellas has been part of the Taylor Fladgate estate for more than a century and is considered to be one of the top 100 vineyards in the world. It has the highest percentage of old vines of any quinta in the Douro, with 60% over 75 years old. All grapes undergo the traditional foot treading method, ensuring their fullest expression. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. Following two years in wood, the wines are bottled unfiltered and will continue maturing for decades. Wine Advocate scored this 94 points saying "The 2012 Quinta de Vargellas Port, a typical Douro blend, was aged in large French oak vats for 24 months and bottled in 2014. It comes in at 103 grams per liter of residual sugar. This opens steely and gripping, with fine acidity, firmness on the finish and enough concentration in this lighter-styled vintage. The best of the trio submitted by Taylor Fladgate this issue, it does everything well and mostly exceeds expectations. It more or less combines a bit of the initial power displayed by the Fonseca and the expressiveness of the Croft, and adds silky texture, gloriously fresh fruit and fine flavor. It will need a little patience, but it will also be rather hard to keep your hands off of it. The good news is that it did seem to come around surprisingly fast, becoming a bit less impressive than on first impression. By Day 3, it was quite accessible and it drank fairly well. I still liked it a lot." Extremely limited!


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Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

A delicate style very peppery featuring lithe flavors of red berry dark currant and wild plum that are matched with plenty of minerally notes. Tar and dark chocolate accents fill the finish with plenty of grip. Best from 2018 through 2045.


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Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

The sweetness of the wine vies with the acidity to bring out a dense structure black currant flavors and firm tannins that are strongly integrated into the ripe texture. This is a gorgeous dense concentrated wine coming into balance while showing great structure and potential. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

As a reminder the Vinha Vilha is a selection of old vine fruit from the terraces of Polverinho and Renova do Armazem. Comparing it directly with the Taylor


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Vintage: 2011 03/21/2014

As a reminder the Vinha Vilha is a selection of old vine fruit from the terraces of Polverinho and Renova do Armazem. Comparing it directly with the Taylor's there is even more complexity and volume on the nose with black currant dark plum and a more accentuated crushed stone aroma that lends it wonderful terroir expression. Like the Fonseca it develops compelling marine scents after 30-40 minutes in the glass like stepping over rock pools when you were a kid. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous sensual ripe tannins that layer the mouth. There is a palpable sense of harmony and composure to this Vinha Velha and there is a lot of horsepower more so than the Taylor's on the multi-dimensional finish. The intensity of fruit means that it does not quite have the same degree of tension as the Taylor's but the depth and breadth of this young Port suggests it will be a seriously long-term fortified wine. Tasted May 2013. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Port - red - 2009 - Taylor's Vargellas Vinha Velha - Portugal - Region: Douro - Apellation: Douro - Touriga nacional - 750 ml.


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