2015 Taylor Fladgate "Quinta de Vargellas" Vintage Port

SKU #1321118 95 points James Suckling

 This is top class with so much perfume and flower aromas. Violets galore. Full body yet refined and tight with very powerful and polished tannins. This is racy and linear. Turns juicy, fresh and medium sweet. Reminds me of the excellent 1967 Vargellas.  (5/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port comes in with 99 grams per liter of residual sugar. This single-quinta Porto was a tank sample when tasted, although the final blend and out of barrel. This has fine precision and a tight, steely edge. It opened with too little concentration, but it kept putting on weight in the glass, showing enough stuffing to balance the steadily increasing power. Fresh and clean, with a fruity finish typical of the vintage, this eventually tightened to the point where the tannins popped up early and often, overwhelming the fruity beginning. This is probably the most backward of the 2015s from the Fladgate Partnership this issue. It might well wind up being the best—although that is not my early bet (see the Fonseca Guimaraens). That also means that it was certainly one of the most difficult to evaluate at the moment. Certainly, it may have the most potential to improve in the cellar. In short, this will need more time, but it looks promising given its impressive structure. Prepare to hold this awhile. It is fashionable these days to dive into Port very young, but the 15 years indicated may not be nearly enough.(MS)  (8/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is ripe with tannins and powerful with ripe fruit. A solid character gives it density. The tannins and the richness of the wine are ripe and concentrated with fruit. Drink from 2026.  (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy and inviting in feel, with enticing warm plum and blackberry cobbler notes backed by cocoa, black licorice and fruitcake flavors. Lengthy and refined finish. Best from 2030 to 2045. (JM)  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2017 | Send Email
This is fantastic, young port, a true representative of both the house style at Taylor as well as the special vineyard site that is the Quinta de Vargellas. This is a vineyard in the rugged, eastern Douro Superior, where incredibly hot days are tempered by cooler nights than in the rest of the /Douro, resulting in wines of great fragrance, freshness and intensity. While Vargellas definitely marks the finest of Taylor's wines in broad based declared vintages (most recently 2011), it is in the very fine, non declared years such as 2015 where you have something truly special in a single quinta Port bottling. Deeply vinous and floral on the nose, the palate of freshly plucked wild blackberries and schist/granite minerality, with a markedly less sweet impression than many other houses, is what makes this wine special. If you feel like you need to wait too long on your 2011's (or even your 2007's or '94 for that matter), then enjoy these now for their lovely fragrance and sheer power, or stash away for another decade for something really special to emerge.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2017 | Send Email
Classic Taylor's structure. Pure blackberry fruit; so beautiful on the palate. Wave-after-wave of fruit with fabulous complexity and harmony of fruit and tannins. Lots of berry fruit along with subtle spice notes and grippy tannins give this wine excellent length and body. A very impressive Quinta.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2057

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Other Red Wines

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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.