1964 Taylor Fladgate "Very Old Single Harvest" Tawny Port (Previously $280)
Traditionally the preserve of Portuguese-owned houses, colheita has been colonised by Taylor’s after its takeover of Krohn in 2013; just 2,000 bottles of this were made. Lifted caramel aromas with a hint of butterscotch. Suave, rich, spicy flavours – quite sweet but stops just short of cloying on the finish. Supremely fresh, delicate length. Remarkable wine at 50 years old.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I allowed my glass of 1964 Taylor’s Very Old Single Harvest Port a couple of hours to open up in the glass, monitoring its evolution along the way. It is not a shy or retiring Port. Clear mahogany in color with a slight green tinge on the rim, the nose races out of the blocks like a young terrier let free in the garden, with intense aromas of grilled walnut, smoke, brown sugar, hints of caramel and a fug of alcohol that ebbs with time. The palate is smooth and honeyed on the entry, a very seductive Port wine, quite sumptuous in style, but with enough volatile lift to maintain fieriness toward the viscous finish. I speculate that had the 1963s not been so prodigious, Taylor Fladgate would have elected to follow their 1960 declaration with a 1964. That is all in the past. It is a delicious Vintage Port firing on all cylinders, ready to drink and enjoy now rather than cellar.
I give the 1964 Very Old Single Harvest Port the edge today over the 1965, as it’s closer to my paradigm of great tawny port, but the ‘65 is equally distinctive, and perhaps younger. With a green-edged old mahogany color, the ‘64 offers ineffable scents of almond, brown spices, mocha, cedar and medicinal herbs lifted by a high-pitched note of orange peel. It’s at once glyceral-rich and brisk in the mouth, with a firm edge of acidity giving real bite and lift to the superripe flavors of mocha, toffee, molasses and citrus zest. This port is carrying a relatively high 21% alcohol as well as 112 grams per liter of residual sugar and rather low acidity, but the wine’s plush, extremely long finish displays serious energy and grip. 95-Stephen Tanzer writing form Vinous.com
**Best Buy** Properly old gold in color, this is a wine from a single year, aged in casks. It’s poised between amazing fruit and a wonderful velvet texture that is shot through with acidity. A feeling of lightness comes from the acidity that gives great freshness as well as complex flavors. It’s ready to drink.
Smooth, spicy and still fresh, with a subtly unfolding array of candied ginger, dried apple, citrus zest and marzipan flavors supported by bright acidity. Finishes with hints of anise and juniper. Drink now.
Wine & Spirits
A luscious and decadent old tawny, this wine has incorporated its fruit into a textural sensation of figs and plum paste, red plum skin tannins firming it up. There’s heady banana-bread richness to the flavor, enriched with barrel tones, the wine saturated and long lasting.
Taylor Fladgate holds an extensive reserve of old port casks, and each year they release a very limited bottling of a Single Harvest Tawny at 50 years of age. From Taylor: "During its five decades of ageing in oak casks, this wine has taken on an attractive pale mahogany colour with olive amber highlights. On the nose the wine displays fine oaky aromas and complex spicy, nutty, cigar box notes against a warm mellow background of butterscotch and molasses. The smooth velvety palate is lifted by a crisp acidity which gives the wine an attractive freshness in spite of its age. The finish is immensely long with rich, spicy, black pepper flavours lingering on the palate."