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2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews

2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews

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2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews

97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“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.”

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2003 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for approximately 21 months in oak vats. It comes in with 93 grams of residual sugar. This oldie will be rereleased soon. As much as the Fladgate Group's 2003 oldies in this report all have bragging points, this is Taylor's, and the structure takes the lead for all of them. Still a wee bit tight, this is far younger than the Croft, not fully mature or at peak, and classic Taylor's. The remaining tannins support the fruit perfectly, but nothing to me is better here than the flavor profile. This is a fine Taylor's, still with plenty of room to evolve and improve. It could actually use a few more years, not to tame the tannins, but to acquire more maturity. Of the three (including Croft and Fonseca), this is the winner, but the Fonseca shows better today and the Croft seems to be at peak. So, cellar this a bit more and drink the others now.”

96 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“The 2003 vintage surrounds Taylor's classically hard-core iron grip with fruit that's generous, succulent, and rich. The aromas of violets and spice seem to rise out of a blast of black rock, the muscular tannin inseparable from the fresh fruit. Though the ripeness and richness of the vintage tends to blur many of the distinctions among the best Ports, the relatively dry style of Taylor stands out, the extreme power of its structure bringing to mind a wrought iron fence stretching off into the distance. Winemaker David Guimaraens describes 2003 as a concentrating year, and points to 1966 as a parallel to the vintage. Likely the longest lived of the '03s, this should be drinking best from 2033 through 2055, then mature into a firm old age for decades after.”

94 Pointz James Suckling

“This is coming around beautifully now with dark plums, orange peel, chocolate, and graphite undertones. It’s full-bodied with fine and chewy tannins and a long finish. A very fresh and elegant Taylor for this hot vintage, which slightly surprised me from the beginning. Drinkable but better in five years for me.”

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Lovely aromas of currants, blackberries, and licorice. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and layers of ripe, round, velvety tannins. Flavorful finish. More round and refined than from barrel.”

93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar

“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.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

93 Pointz Decanter

“Leather, coffee, and spice at the outset. Sweet spices, chocolate, and mocha bring depth and structure supported by firm, ripe tannins and leading to a berry fruit and bitter chocolate finish.”

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“David Guimaraens is a huge fan of 2003s, saying they are in the shadow of the 2000s the way 1966 was in the shadow of the 1963s but 'when you have a warm year following a cool year, the wines have incredible longevity'. But he is not thinking of touching them yet. Very subtle nose indeed and to me, someone without unlimited access to vintage ports(!), this seems pretty delicious now. Yes, there is lots of tannin but also lots of very charming pruney fruit. Exciting with sufficient freshness as well as sweetness and interest.”

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