1966 Taylor Fladgate "Very Old Single Harvest" Tawny Port
Very elegant, with notes of tobacco and cedar to the lush butter cream, ripe pear and dried apricot flavors. Seductive tropical fruit and spice notes linger on the endless finish, revealing citrusy hints. (KM)
Wine & Spirits
So mellow and round, this is easy to knock back. But consider what’s behind all the heady, delicious flavor—how the juiciness is perfectly integrated into the fresh scents that somehow lasted through five decades of aging in Taylor’s lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. Those scents range from green almond to green fig and tobacco leaf. The wine feels complete, all of a piece, showing its alcohol in a voluptuous texture rather than in any sensation of heat, Taylor’s classically narrow Vintage perspective on the Douro expanded into the comforts of great Tawny.
One of a series of releases of single harvest wines, this smooth, wood-aged Port is rich and still full of fruit. Ripe date and raisin flavors are lifted by acidity, with flavors from the wood aging giving great balance. Tawny in character, this beautiful wine is complex and ready to drink. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1966 Single Harvest Tawny Port (i.e., a Colheita) is a traditional blend, aged in French and American oak. It comes in at 183 grams per liter of residual sugar. Surprisingly rich and fresh, this seems younger than its age. The complexity here is not quite as great as with some and the nuances of molasses and the like are controlled. On the other side of the coin, it has a rather sensual texture, finishing with a sugary burst. Underneath is the expected acidity and a bit of pop. Overall, it is rather seductive and quite delicious. Note that this will be released in January 2016, part of Taylor's old Colheita releases. (MS)