Tasting Note Remarkable colour - 38 years old and still has the vibrancy of the grape of a youthful wine - and not mellowing into more varied flavours - touch of dark chocolate with berries and spice, lingering finish with enough tannic firmness to keep it going on and on. Remarkably youthful for its age - with all the best that age brings to a great Vintage Port. This can go on for many years evolving in the way of great vintages. Robert Parker The Wine Buyers Guide 96 points "The has consistently been at the top of my list of vintage ports in this great vintage. It is a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port of remarkable depth and power. Wonderfully complex floral and herbal scents easily move into deep, rich flavors of chocolate and cherries, sprinkled with a healthy dose ofDourominerality and spice.
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port | Wine Rating | Wine Spectator
Vintage Ports such as the remarkable Dow , the , , , , , , and the Dow are all legends in the history of this great wine. These Ports are still magnificent today, even when 50 or over years old. Few wines can claim this quality and this pedigree. The nose is deep and powerful with strong overtones of violets when young, these mature into fine cinnamon and rose-tea aromas with age. These wines are aged in seasoned oak casks for some 18 months and are bottled without any filtration or fining whatsoever. Dow Vintage Ports can be enjoyed when vibrant and young or they can be allowed to age for many years in bottle into a soft and delicate wine of velvet-like elegance. It was full-bodied, with masses of fruit intertwined with layers of velvety tannins.
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I noticed the Chinese love to have both a sweet wine and a vintage port at the end of a meal, which is pretty much over-kill for me. However, I was blown away by the Taylors vintage port. The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat of that summer. There is wonderful focus here and fine tension, the finish offering precise notes of black cherries, mulberry, cloves and white pepper. This is one of the finest Ports of a precocious vintage.
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