2018 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (375ml)

SKU #1520349 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A blend from Quinta de Vargellas in the Douro Superior (the backbone) and Quintas Terra Feita and Junco in the Pinhão Valley. Deep, scented (violets and esteva or gum cistus), minty too, restrained but already quite expressive; lovely pure mint and berry fruit backed by fine-grained tannins, which rise in the mouth to a long, level, linear finish. Not especially big but beautifully poised and very elegant. This has all the qualities of a long-term keeper. It is already magnificent and will be even more so in 15 to 20 years. (RM) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is an exceptional vintage, most unusually the third in a row from this producer. Intensely perfumed, richly structured with dark-black fruits, concentrated tannins, it is set for seriously long-term aging. The power of the wine, based around the producer's Quinta da Vargellas, is magnificent. Drink this major Port from 2029. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Remarkably harmonious already, with a beautiful display of unadulterated blueberry, blackberry and plum sauce flavors that fan out, while anise, ganache and cassis accents fill in. So lush and seductive through the finish, it’s nearly drinkable. But just wait. *Highly Recommended* (JM) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for approximately 18 months in very old and large wooden vats. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. This is the third straight declaration (2016, 2017 and this 2018) of a classic Vintage Port for Taylor's. Of those three, this so far would be my least favorite, but it's close and time will tell. Aromatic and expressive, this adds a big bang for a finish that reminds you that it is, indeed, Taylor's. After opening it on the first day tasted, it tightened fast and showed the structure I like to see in serious Ports. It has that classic flavor profile as well and shows fine concentration. Even 48 hours later it had no problem showing off a little muscle, even though it drank decently at that point. The fruit is expressive, as noted, but it is still a bit closed just now. (MS) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Capturing the brisk power of a classic Taylor vintage, this wine opens with a centrifugal force to its flavor intensity, then continues to evolve over the course of several days, its presence almost completely savory, its power developing a quiet exuberance. As is typical for a young Taylor, the wine is branded by austerity and the floral notes of esteva—the local rockrose that grows at the top of the vineyards at Vargellas, Taylor’s home quinta on the south bank at the entrance to the Douro Superior. The wine’s schist tannins are finely integrated into its shades of blue, black and red fruit, making this a graceful vintage of Taylor, easily the wine of the vintage in our tasting of 2018s. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

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