2011 Taylor Fladgate "Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha" Vintage Port

SKU #1355030 99 points Wine Enthusiast

 The sweetness of the wine vies with the acidity to bring out a dense structure, black currant flavors and firm tannins that are strongly integrated into the ripe texture. This is a gorgeous, dense, concentrated wine, coming into balance while showing great structure and potential. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (11/2013)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As a reminder, the Vinha Vilha is a selection of old vine fruit from the terraces of Polverinho and Renova do Armazem. Comparing it directly with the Taylor’s, there is even more complexity and volume on the nose, with black currant, dark plum and a more accentuated crushed stone aroma that lends it wonderful terroir expression. Like the Fonseca, it develops compelling marine scents after 30-40 minutes in the glass, like stepping over rock pools when you were a kid. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous, sensual ripe tannins that layer the mouth. There is a palpable sense of harmony and composure to this Vinha Velha and there is a lot of horsepower, more so than the Taylor’s, on the multi-dimensional finish. The intensity of fruit means that it does not quite have the same degree of tension as the Taylor’s, but the depth and breadth of this young Port suggests it will be a seriously long-term fortified wine. (NM)  (6/2013)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, bright medium ruby. Wild aromas of cassis, exotic flowers and Asian spices show a youthfully medicinal cast. Plush, sweet and utterly seamless, showing outstanding inner-mouth aromatic character to its dense dark fruit and floral flavors. Boasts a near-perfect balance of sweetness and sheer power thanks to its great supporting structure. The palate-staining finish features outstanding floral lift. This wonderfully fresh port should go on for decades but it's shockingly sexy right now. (ST)  (5/2014)

96 points James Suckling

 Beautiful nose of flowers with plums and cherries; more like a fine table wine on the nose. Full body, medium sweet with super-refined tannins and a long, superb finish. All about finesse here. Only 310 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine from 19th century vines at the Vargellas estate.  (5/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator

 A delicate style, very peppery, featuring lithe flavors of red berry, dark currant and wild plum that are matched with plenty of minerally notes. Tar and dark chocolate accents fill the finish, with plenty of grip. (KM)  (10/2013)

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