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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews




Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



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2018 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This is an exceptional vintage, most unusually the third in a row from this producer. Intensely perfumed, richly structured with dark-black fruits, concentrated tannins, it is set for seriously long-term aging. The power of the wine, based around the producer's Quinta da Vargellas, is magnificent. Drink this major Port from 2029.”


96 Pointz Wine Spectator

Highly Recommended


“Remarkably harmonious already, with a beautiful display of unadulterated blueberry, blackberry, and plum sauce flavors that fan out, while anise, ganache, and cassis accents fill in. So lush and seductive through the finish, it’s nearly drinkable. But just wait.”



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2018 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for approximately 18 months in very old and large wooden vats. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. This is the third straight declaration (2016, 2017, and this 2018) of a classic Vintage Port for Taylor's. Of those three, this so far would be my least favorite, but it's close and time will tell. Aromatic and expressive, this adds a big bang for a finish that reminds you that it is, indeed, Taylor's. After opening it on the first day tasted, it tightened fast and showed the structure I like to see in serious Ports. It has that classic flavor profile as well and shows fine concentration. Even 48 hours later it had no problem showing off a little muscle, even though it drank decently at that point. The fruit is expressive, as noted, but it is still a bit closed just now.”


95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Capturing the brisk power of a classic Taylor vintage, this wine opens with a centrifugal force to its flavor intensity, then continues to evolve over the course of several days, its presence almost completely savory, its power developing a quiet exuberance. As is typical for a young Taylor, the wine is branded by austerity and the floral notes of esteva—the local rockrose that grows at the top of the vineyards at Vargellas, Taylor’s home quinta on the south bank at the entrance to the Douro Superior. The wine’s schist tannins are finely integrated into its shades of blue, black, and red fruit, making this a graceful vintage of Taylor, easily the wine of the vintage in our tasting of 2018s.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

98 Pointz Decanter


“A blend from Quinta de Vargellas in the Douro Superior (the backbone) and Quintas Terra Feita and Junco in the Pinhão Valley. Deep, scented (violets and esteva or gum cistus), minty too, restrained but already quite expressive; lovely pure mint and berry fruit backed by fine-grained tannins, which rise in the mouth to a long, level, linear finish. Not especially big but beautifully poised and very elegant. This has all the qualities of a long-term keeper. It is already magnificent and will be even more so in 15 to 20 years.”


2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend aged for approximately 20 months in wood. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. A step up (or two) on the 2016, this shows fine depth, more focus, vivid fruit, and serious power. It's not particularly thick, austere or astringent, but this is built for the long haul. It is potentially a great Taylor's, effortlessly combining brilliant fruit and structure. It tastes great now (today, it is far more vivid than its Vinha Velha sibling), but the power makes this hard to drink today. So, have some patience. It will need some time, probably a lot more than indicated, and will likely last longer than indicated as well.”


99 Pointz James Suckling


“Complex aromas of tar, wet earth, dark berry, and flowers follow through to a full body, medium sweet, and amazing compacted concentration. Vertical and so deep. It goes on for minutes. Truly excellent.”


98 Pointz Vinous


“The 2017 Taylor's Vintage Port comes from their three quintas: Vargellas, de Terra Feita and do Junco, picking commencing at Vargellas on September 1, the earliest since 1945. Now this boasts a bold and more flamboyant bouquet vis-à-vis the Croft with layers of blackcurrant, blueberries, violet, and allspice. Wonderful definition here and as it ratchets up through the gears with aeration manages to maintain impressive delineation. The palate is medium, rather full-bodied. The first impression is one of freshness, completely disguising that summer’s dryness and warmth, a disarming finesse built around the frame of tannins that would have been impossible years ago. It is a silky-smooth Taylor’s, one of the most polished 2017 Vintage Ports with energy and tension flooding through the finish. Aristocratic as ever, totally Taylor’s, yet still translating the growing season with aplomb.”


97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“The structure is currently very dominant in this wine. Its dark tannins are concentrated, waiting for the masked black fruits to come through. Everything is there, it just needs an immense amount of time.”


97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This offers up a dense rumble of dark currant, fig, and blackberry paste flavors, laced with hints of buckwheat, baker’s chocolate, and warm tar. The muscular finish is thickly layered, with threads of alder and espresso cream adding definition along the way. Should be among the more long-lived wines of the vintage.”


96 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This 2017 has all the markers of a legendary Taylor Port—scents of green fig, the complex tannic impact of schist, the consternating sense of elegance in the face of massive structural power. David Guimaraens bases this wine on fruit from the Quinta de Vargellas, an estate on the south bank of the river in the arid Douro Superior. In our tastings, it came after several 2017s that were sourced from vineyards on the north bank, closer to Pinhão, and, while it would be simplistic to consider this a definitive difference (there are many exposures in each Quinta, and other quinta parcels in the blends), there was a stark shift from the blackness of those wines to the sour-cherry impression of this wine, and its floral fraise des bois notes. Those flavors keep pushing up against the dark shadows of the wine’s schist tannins, an undulating wake of red fruit and minerals that carries the wine’s muscular power into memory.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


97 Pointz Decanter


“A blend from predominantly north-facing Quinta de Vargellas in the Douro Superior and quintas Terras Feita and Junco in the Pinhão valley. This has lovely ripe mulberry fruit on the floral nose, also showing lovely concentration. It's dense and fleshy initially on the palate, displaying silky-velvety damson fruit and broad, fine-grained tannins which rise in the mouth and lead to a big peacock’s tail of a finish. It's a bold wine with great finesse, already beautifully integrated.”


18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine


“Deep purple. Dark-fruited, dusky, smoky, full of blackberry and blueberry fruit. Like a bottomless well of fruit, so deep and smooth. Power and polish to the densely layered but welcoming tannins, the power hidden by the fruit depth. As it opens on the nose, there’s a more wild elderberry character and more chocolate on the finish. Amazing length, the tannins creating a paradoxically dry, savoury finish. Even with all this exceptional fruit, it seems more corseted on the palate than some in this vintage. Fladgate MD Adrian Bridge suggested this wine had an aroma of orange blossom and he is right, but I am not sure I would never have identified it without his prompt.”


2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


100 Pointz James Suckling


OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor's I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025.”


98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Ripe, structured while also fruity, this intense, perfumed Port is opulent while also elegant. Its tannins and great fruit are finely integrated and are rich with potential. Black fruits, berries, and a juicy aftertaste add freshness to the wine. Drink from 2028.”


98 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles

Top 100 Wines of 2018


“This is packed with raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake, and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power. Best from 2032 through 2055.”


97 Pointz Vinous


“In 2016 Taylor's began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhão Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight-wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive, and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost "arching" structure one always seeks in a great Taylor’s with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port.”


96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. The Croft might be as rich--although I don't think so; we'll see as they age--but this is more expressive right now. The most delicious of the three Fladgate Group offerings, this has the sexiest fruit, although the Fonseca seems to have more pure power. Even allowing that it had a fair bit of air, this was showing surprisingly well for young Taylor's. That is speaking relatively, of course, because this still has power and energy. Personally, this year I'd definitely pick Fonseca, though. Fonseca just seems to have a little more upside potential. With Port, of course, things change over the decades. This is a first look, not a final word. Winemaker David Guimaraens said that 2016, the first declaration since 2011, was a cooler year with purity of fruit and less power compared to the muscular and concentrated 2011s. That is pretty obvious on tasting them. They are enchanting for their freshness, though.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

96 Pointz Decanter


“Dense and heady on the nose with an attractive green, leafy edge. Sweet and pump on the palate with lovely bright cherry and damson fruit – nicely defined but not as big as some. Firm, tight-knit tannins on a long, linear finish which shows off the lovely purity of fruit. Drinking Window 2030-2055”


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Two main sources are Quinta de Vargellas, which is north-facing and so protected from excessive heat, and giving floral notes, plus Quinta de Terra Feita and Quinta do Junco around Pinhão for earthier characteristics. Only 6,500 cases were made, instead of the usual 12,000-14,000. Dark crimson but without the blueish purple of the Grahams. Tight, refined nose -- rather claret-like. Not as obviously sweet as some. Restrained aromatically: backward with sharp, linear blackcurrant and violet notes. This tastes like a somewhat shouty, scratchy baby at the moment -- which is no criticism of a wine designed to age as long as a vintage port. But then there are masses of sweet fruit with liquorice surrounded in a scratchy skein of tannins and acidity. Drink 2043-2070.”


2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2011 Taylor’s Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry, and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating, glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But don’t let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylor’s.”


97 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“The greatness of this wine is subtler and more hidden than many of its siblings in 2011. It’s skinnier than Fonseca, austere in a Taylor--Douro Superior way, clouding the brain with schist dust before revealing its more sensuous blue-fruit richness. The tarry density and umami tannins are slow to yield what becomes seemingly endless flavor, dynamic, and sleek. A pure revelation of the Douro, this has the stamina to outlive many of its peers in a long-lived vintage.”


97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

#10 Wine Enthusiast Top 100

Cellar Selections of 2013


“There is an initial smoky character, followed by a burst of ripe, rich black fruits, giving the wine weight and a dark, brooding core. Black plum and berry fruits, considerable acidity, and a delicate final perfume. For serious aging.”


97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“Powerful, featuring concentrated dark plum and spicy cherry flavors that are finely balanced, showing notes of raspberry preserves. The mocha and wild herb accents are interwoven and supported by powerful tannins. The finish offers intense grip and violet hints.”


96 Pointz James Suckling


“Very pretty pure fruit on the nose: crushed berries and minerals with a licorice and graphite undertone. Full body, medium sweet with chewy tannins that are polished and firm. This shows balance and harmony, but remains powerful, muscular, and toned.”


96 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar


“Knockout nose combines smoky dark fruits, exotic flowers, spices, dried lavender, minerals, and a balsamic nuance. Hugely concentrated, dense, and primary but with penetrating minerality giving finesse and precision to the mid-palate. Extremely fine-grained, classy wine with fresh acidity and restrained sweetness. The firmly tannic, mineral-tinged finish features outstanding perfumed persistence and the structure and balance for decades of development in the cellar. Still, this is not as austere in its youth as some recent vintages.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


19.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine


“This wine was placed immediately after the super-opulent Fonseca in the BFT tasting which may have been a mistake. This is restrained. Well mannered, discreet, keeps its powder very dry. But on the palate it opens out in the most superb, Burgundian peacock's tail sort of way. Another wonderful wine from The Fladgate Partnership. Utterly different from the Fonseca. Upright and straight backed. But irreproachable. My gums are virtually impervious to sugar and acid but this wine set them vibrating a bit. Dried prunes ground up with rocks.”


2009 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Now with a couple years in bottle, I am erring to the Taylor’s over the Fonseca (although these can always change!) The Taylor’s show more delineation and refinement with pure black currant, cassis, pencil box, hints of marzipan, and a hint of dark chocolate. The palate is full-bodied and sumptuous with super-fine tannins, very pure blackberry, and boysenberry notes interlaced with cedar, dried fig, and a touch of black pepper on the beautifully refined finish. Excellent.”


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Taylor Fladgate's vintage Ports are always among the legendary wines. This hugely structured wine keeps the dense, perfumed tradition very much alive. Along with the power, it also has wonderful fruit, bursting out with blackberry jam. Even with all the fruitiness, it needs to age for decades.”


94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Intensely fruity and dripping with luscious dark cherry, blackberry, and blueberry flavors, leading to touches of sandalwood. Medium-grained tannins carry through to the lush, spice- and chocolate-filled finish. This shows fine grip and balance, with a very modern feel.”

93 Pointz James Suckling


“Aromatic and bright with violet, blueberry, and sandalwood character. Full-bodied and medium sweet with fine tannins and a long finish. Refined.”


93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar


“Very ripe, expressive nose offers cassis, black cherry, licorice, and exotic herbs. Hugely rich, thick, and powerful in the context of the vintage, but with lovely purity and a saline complexity to the flavors of crushed black cherry and boysenberry. This will need some time in bottle to harmonize its brandy but has the spine for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kindom


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine


“Blackish purple. This, unusually, had the headiness of Fonseca 2009 on the nose and seemed more luscious and velvety than the Quinta da Vargellas Vinha Velha on the palate. Very rich, round, and thrilling. Dense and pure. A bit of a schoolmaster in terms of straight back and firm structure. Very long, firm, and thrilling – surely a long term bet with additional early charm, presumably from the exceptionally hot, dry vintage.”


2007 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is a giant of a wine lurking behind fresh flowers and ripe fruit. Starts off in a friendly way, then takes hold of the palate, with intense blueberry and blackberry fruit and chewy yet fine tannins. Mouth puckering, but impressively complex and long. Really kicks in on the finish. The best Taylor since 1994.”


95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“At its best, this wine is a vibrant, huge young Porto knocking out all the others with its delicious power-a Master of the Universe wine. It's a blast of schist, cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, and black licorice, all held in a supple grip that slides down the throat just as slowly as the wine's color slides down the side of the glass. At this stage, the score shows some restraint, the wine having gone into a funk after a day of air and becoming reduced and difficult, only to rebound the following day. Still, this demonstrates the potential to be one of the greatest Port wines David Guimaraens has made, coming from a balanced year with beauty rather than aggression in the tannin. It will be fascinating to compare this to the 2003 as the wines age over the next 50 years.”


95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Enticing violet and black currant aromas are followed by ripe plum and spice flavors. Maybe this isn’t the most powerful Taylor Fladgate vintage ever, but it is balanced, opulent, beautifully made, the tannins fine, layered, with exquisite final acidity.”


94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The Taylor’s 2007 is in a rather odd phase at the moment, its sweet, marzipan-tinged bouquet tending to dominate the ripe black fruit. The palate is much more controlled, with very fine tannins, supremely well-judged acidity, and a very elegant, composed finish that has more purity and poise than the Fonseca. I would give bottles another decade to allow the aromatics to calm down.”


94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“Bright, deep ruby. Superripe but youthfully clenched aromas of kirsch, blueberry, black licorice, smoke, and minerals. Densely packed, suave, and thick; has the texture of liquid velvet but urgent minerality gives it outstanding energy and a light touch. Best today on the slow-building, firmly tannic, spicy, palate-staining finish, which shows more grip and thrust than the Vargellas. This gained in complexity and definition for upwards of 72 hours in the recorked bottle. The Vargellas is an outstanding site expression while this is a great blend and likely to enjoy a slower evolution in bottle. As usual, this should be among the longest-lived wines of the vintage.”


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine


“Subtle dark ruby with massive layers of different flavours. Good tannins and sufficient freshness. Massive thick fruit and tannins; really very grown-up, sophisticated, and proper. Hint of juniper. Very complete.”


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.”


2000 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



98 Pointz Rober Parker’s Wine Advocate


“At present it offers very pure blackberry, mulberry, and a touch of smoke...not giving much away at the moment but surely destined to down the line. The palate is very refined, very pure with svelte tannins with ebullient ripe red fruits laced with tobacco, nutmeg, and white pepper. Long and caressing on the finish, this should evolve into a masterful Taylor’s Vintage.”


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This was perhaps the most prototypically 'Taylor' wine of the vertical, with complex floral and spice aromas backed by firm, black cherry and berry fruit. The fruit is fresh and almost crunchy in character, underscored by solid tannins and a long, dusty finish. Immense power combines with intricate nuance and a supremely age-worthy structure. Hold.”


95 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar


“Brooding, complex aromas of cassis, minerals, graphite, licorice, and damp earth; distinct hints of surmaturite. Dense, chewy, and powerful, with a saline impression of extract. At once strong and seamless, with penetrating, youthfully primary black fruit flavors that really expand and reverberate in the mouth and on the very long, gripping finish. Exhilarating late note of dark chocolate. By no means a painfully backward Taylor, but structured to evolve for at least 25 to 30 years.”


95 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Fresh and sleek, with cassis, cherry paste, and linzer torte flavors that drive along nicely, picking up red licorice, alder, and briar notes along the way. The anise- and spice-infused finish has focus and energy. This is rock-solid and nearly at peak.”




1997 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“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 purity, multiple flavor levels, and an evolved, forward personality, this is an exquisite yet precocious 1997 vintage port.”


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is rather flashy for Taylor, with plenty of upfront appeal to its floral, spicy aromas and gobs of fruit. It's very lush and soft on the palate, almost overloaded with blackberries and plums, then firms up and begins to show that Taylor reserve on the dusty finish. Hold.”


95 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Saturated deep ruby. 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. Has the verve most '97s lack. This may ultimately challenge the great '94.”


94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Juicy and energetic, with lots of warm raisin, toffee, and toasted peanut notes, mixed with mulled fig, singed juniper, and baked plum flavors. Has a warm Christmas pudding feel through the finish, with nicely inlaid brambly grip.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Very dark purplish crimson. Unformed peppery nose. Extremely voluptuous, satiny fruit followed by lots of acidity and tannin – just a baby but a very bonny baby indeed. Should provide great port drinking eventually. Violets, perfume, nice dry finish.”





1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



100 Pointz James Suckling


“This is, to date, the greatest Vintage Port ever from here. It overwhelmed me years ago when I tasted it from barrel, but only now is it crossing gradually into its drinking window. The intensity is still mind-boggling here, with sweet-and-sour notes as well as mounds of clay. There are violets lurking somewhere too. A full-bodied, medium sweet, and sublime Vintage Port, showing forest fruits and freshly picked blackberries on the palate in the form of a creamy, focused, and tannic texture.”


100 Pointz Wine Spectator

#1 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 1997


“In a word, superb. It's full-bodied, moderately sweet, and incredibly tannic, but there's amazing finesse and refinement to the texture, not to mention fabulous, concentrated aromas of raspberries, violets, and other flowers. Perhaps the greatest Taylor ever, it's better than either the '92 or the '70, though it's very like the '70 in structure.”



99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is very much in the mold of the 1992—maybe slightly less rich but just by a whisker. It’s dense without being heavy, with a beautifully spice-filled and long finish. Flavors of chocolate, mint, and plum pudding linger elegantly for a few seconds longer than the ’92.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Aromas of blackberry, sloes, mulberry, and a touch of eau-de-vie. The palate is full-bodied with slightly lower acidity than the -92 but it remains an impressive port with pure blackberry, macerated cherry, raspberry, fig and mulberry, with a more lush, spicy finish. I doubt it will have the longevity of the -92 but still a superb port.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


95 Pointz Decanter


“Shy nose: underlying ripeness has more to give. Fine, linear fruit palate – not as rich or voluptuous as some, with good definition leading to a firm finish. Not big, but powerful with lovely purity on the finish. Needs time.”





1992 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



100 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“Taylor's 1992 Vintage Port is unquestionably the greatest young port I have ever tasted. It represents the essence of what vintage port can achieve. The color is an opaque black/purple, and the nose offers up fabulously intense aromas of minerals, cassis, blackberries, licorice, and spices, as well as extraordinary purity and penetration. Yet this is still an unformed and infantile wine. If Chateau Latour made a late-harvest Cabernet Sauvignon, I suspect it might smell like this. In the mouth, the wine is out of this world, displaying layer upon layer of concentrated black fruits backed by well-integrated tannin and structure. This is a massive, magnificently rich, full-bodied port that will be far more flattering in its youth than were such Taylors as the 1983, 1977, or 1970. It possesses awesome fruit, marvelous intensity, and lavish opulence, all brilliantly well-delineated by the wine's formidable structure. This monumental 30-50 year port is a must purchase for port aficionados.! Also noteworthy is the fact that the 1992 Taylor commemorates the 300th anniversary of this firm, as evidenced by the special bottle Taylor used for this port.”


98 Pointz Vinous


“The 1992 Taylor’s Vintage Port has a black/purple colour with only slight maturation on the rim. The nose has always been so intense, a kaleidoscope of damson, raspberry, crushed violets, and just a touch of alcoholic warmth, yet somehow it retains incredible delineation. The palate is full-bodied with concentrated black fruit, the tannins having melted in recent years. The acidity is perfectly tuned and lends freshness and tension to the blueberry, cassis and blackberry fruit laced with orange zest and marmalade. It is still a primal Port after two decades but at least its 'ferocious power' is being tamed with time.”


96 Pointz Wine Spectator

Top 100 Wines of 1995


“Fresh and lively, with raisin, spice, and hints of blackberry. Full-bodied and very tight, with plenty of tannins. Very long. Needs to open.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18.5/20 Pointz Decanter


“Deep and opaque. Still going through an awkward adolescence on the nose with much more to give. Lovely rich, fleshy fruit – powerful with bittersweet chocolate intensity, good depth, and a wonderful finish.”






1985 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Beautiful aromas of flowers and fresh plum, with hints of stems. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with gorgeous silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is just starting to come around and offers wonderful flavors. Long life ahead, but ready to try.”


91 Pointz Vinous


“The 1985 Taylor’s Vintage Port was one of my “go-to” Ports around 20 years ago, however, I suspect it has lost some of its initial vigor since then. It just lacks the gumption on the nose that I expected, yet it is still attractive with red berry fruit, clove, and dried fig. It is rather muffled compared to say, the 1992 or 1994. The palate is lightly spiced, quite peppery on the entry, a fleshier take on Taylor’s although, this bottle suggests has lost some of its substance in recent years. Perfectly drinkable now but I would not cellar this as long as the aforementioned vintages.”





1983 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 1983 Vintage Port is up for a status check. It is in a pretty good place now. It's been as hard as nails over the years. Not anymore. With softened tannins and a medley of old Port flavors on the finish, this is both sensual and delicious, with velvety texture and an irresistible finish. It doesn't have that hard edge any more, but it does wake up and become more intense with some air. At least from this bottle, it comes together rather promptly and drinks well. It's lacking just a bit of firmness, but its complex flavors and general demeanor make it rather sexy. The lingering finish seals the deal. It can keep going for quite some time—it is Port and they tend not to drop off the table if well stored—but this is a nice time to dive in.”


89 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Taylor is always closed and tight when young and this is no exception. Deep ruby-purple, ripe raisin, and violet aromas, full-bodied, with sweet raisin and grape flavors, a lovely balance of full tannins, and an explosion of fruit on the finish.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Mid tawny. A smoky, minerally nose with restrained, dried red fruit and layers of incense and spices that emerge. Demands attention to see its qualities. Lots of fruit density to balance the still-firm tannins, typical of the house style. Well-integrated finish with good length. A very fine 1983.”




1980 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews


91 Pointz Vinous


“The 1980 Taylor's Vintage Port has a deep, clear garnet colour. The nose is very backward, quite austere, and conservative with notes of cherry and raspberry leaf, a touch of cigar box developing with aeration. It perhaps lacks a little joie-de-vivre, especially when compared to vintages in the 1970s. The palate is attractive though, with notes of raspberry, plum, white pepper, blood orange, and a touch of apricot. This 1980 has good acidity but plays it safe, unwilling to take chances. Yet there is perceptible lushness on the finish with black plum notes despite lacking the precision of the great vintages.”


17/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Shaded deep garnet. Intense and vibrant with backbone and so much more concentration and sweetness. Firm and confident still. Still some tannin and nice balance. Great for drinking now.”





1975 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



90 Pointz Vinous


“The 1975 Taylor's Vintage Port is mature in color, lighter on the nose than either the 1970 or 1977 with wild strawberry, cherry, pencil lead, and sawdust. No, it is not complex, but it is clean and fresh. The medium-bodied is more driven by fruit than other vintages and lacks a little structure, yet there is an attractive smooth texture.”


87 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades.




1970 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This wine's dark garnet color with minimal bricking suggests a relatively youthful wine and this certainly could age longer, although it's also delicious now. Wonderfully complex floral and herbal scents easily move into deep, rich flavors of chocolate and cherries, sprinkled with a healthy dose of Douro minerality and spice. Drink or hold.”


98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“A deep garnet core with a faded brick rim. The nose is still tight, youthful with notes of liquorices, raisin, boot-polish and a little lemongrass. Again, very well defined and a little more intensity than the -63. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, very cohesive with superb ripeness: wild strawberry, lemongrass, smoke, and dates with an incredibly long, persistent finish. There is an effortless nature to this port and having encountered this several times, this is undoubtedly the best bottle I have had. It has such weight on the finish that it will cruise past another 20-25 years in bottle. It just has the edge over the great..”


98 Pointz Vinous


“The 1970 Taylor's Vintage Port has a tight nose, youthful with notes of liquorice, raisin, boot-polish and lemongrass. It is well defined and displays a little more intensity than the 1963. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, very cohesive with superb ripeness: wild strawberry, lemongrass, smoke, and dates with an incredibly persistent finish. There is an effortlessness to this Port. It has such weight on the finish that it will cruise past another two decades in bottle.”




1963 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Reviews



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A big wine with superb balance, a shining example of this exuberantly fruity vintage. Deep ruby, with violets and coffee on the nose, full-bodied, with dried cherry flavors and plenty of tannin, balanced and long on the finish.”


96 Pointz Vinous


“The 1963 Taylor's Vintage Port is lucid in colour, very well defined with wild strawberry, Clementine, leather, and tobacco scents, one of the few to contain a floral element. The palate has a cashmere texture with wild strawberry, cherry, and a touch of liquorice, leading to a dense and structured finish. Over several bottles encountered, the palate always seems to offer more than the aromatics.”


95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1963 is quite fabulous yet still seemingly capable of developing for another decade or more.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“A rare treat to sip a truly mature vintage port. The spirit was just starting to make its presence felt. This is fully mature and possibly, in the case of this bottle, even starting its gentle decline. Extremely sweet and spicy, this reminded me of those biscuits they call gypsy creams. Caressing, round texture.”



Enjoy!


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