1965 Taylor Fladgate "Very Old Single Harvest" Tawny Port

SKU #1194817 97 points Wine & Spirits

 It’s tempting to look for house style in Tawny Port, especially among the British firms who make a point of defining a style for their Vintage selections. Taylor’s Vintage, blended from several estate vineyards, is defined by the old vines at Quinta do Vargellas, a Douro Superior site that produces tense, muscular and firmly mineral wines. Though this Tawny is from a lot purchased by Taylor from the Port shippers Wiese & Krohn in 2013, as Taylor’s managing director Adrian Bridge explained, the company decided to present it as part of their Limited Edition series, as it closely parallels the style of Tawny Dick Yeatman would have socked away. Bridge said that Yeatman, who managed the firm from 1923 until his death in 1966, 'loved making Port, but he wasn’t interested in selling it; we have all this old Tawny stock because he had an attachment to it.' Whether augmented by new purchases, or selected from the firm’s own stocks, Taylor plans to release a Limited Edition Tawny from a 50-year-old single harvest each year. There’s a buzz of freshness surrounding the flavors in this 1965, incorporating the kind of tension you might find in an equally mature vintage of Taylor Vargellas, parallel in its mineral structure and schist-inflected tannins. Here, the edges have been polished smooth by cask aging, but there are still edges, and there is still fruit—plummy fruit layered with floral notes of honey and bee pollen. Brisk and graceful, this carries the terroir of the Douro directly.  (10/2015)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 The age of this very fine old tawny is obvious from the old gold color. At 50 years, though, it still has amazingly impressive fruit and great depth of flavor. Acidity and spice are allied to dried apricot, raisins and a terrific concentration. This attractive, masterful wine is totally ready to drink. (RV)  (10/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1965 Very Old Single Harvest Port, that is, a Coheita, single vintage tawny, is part of Taylor's continuing series of releases of old Colheitas. A field blend of typical grapes, it comes in at 157 grams per liter of residual sugar. In the overall context of amazing old Colheitas, it may not take 1st prize, but it will strike anyone who loves them as pretty fine. Get ready for those aromatics that are powerful from several feet away. Irresistible on opening, it has an up-front rush of sugar, concentrated aromatics and remarkable concentration of flavor on the finish. Laced with classic old tawny nuances, including a bit of molasses and treacle, it ends with a dark, burnished feel. The mid-palate depth is just average. There are some whiffs of brandy that are sometimes rather too obvious here and there, but not often. Overall, it is bright and lively, with its good acidity cutting through the sugar and concentrated flavors. The two balance each other well. Some tawnies are caressing and sensual; some are rich and lush; some lean more to bite and focus. This is in the latter category, but the price of admission here is that concentration of mature, old tawny Port flavors. The acidity and the sugar lace those flavors into the palate. It emphasizes treacle more as time goes on. It's pretty fine. Note: this was tasted from a 375ml with a bar-top cork. (MS)  (2/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Vibrant and zesty, with an engaging minerality and flavors of dried apricot, butterscotch, almond and spice. Still fresh despite the age, this features a finish that zings with notes of dried citrus peel and juniper berry. Drink now. (KM)  (9/2015)

94 points James Suckling

 Beautiful transparent color of amber and gold. Aromas of honey, toffee, caramel and dried fruits remain subtle yet decadent. Full-bodied and very sweet with so much honey, almond, salted-peanut and white-pepper flavor. Lasts for minutes on the palate. A wonderful old dated tawny.  (11/2015)

93 points Vinous

 The 1965, a degree lower in alcohol, is a tad darker (amber-mahogany) but less lucid in color, offering scents of marzipan, cinnamon, fig, and caramel, with a surprisingly fresh note of cherry emerging with aeration. The wine is more youthful and primary in the mouth than the ‘64, more powerful today for all its silkiness. It’s technically much higher in residual sugar AND in acidity than the 1964 and a bit more aggressively youthful. Today it’s a less mellow, slightly more peppery drink and yet there’s already a wonderfully silky texture and a slowly mounting whiplash of a finish. These wines are meant to be ready to drink upon release, but I certainly wouldn’t be in a rush to uncork the 1965. (ST: Taylor’s 1964 and 1965 Very Old Single Harvest Port)  (2/2015)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2015 | Send Email
Taylor's version of a colheita, their very old single harvest Tawny Ports are sublime: rich, nutty, spicy and powerful, with enough sweetness to add balance. One hallmark of these older wines is balance of alcohol; even at 20% ABV these are never hot. A fine treat and terrific gift option for those born in '65!

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
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Port

- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.
Alcohol Content (%): 20