1995 Taylor "Quinta de Vargellas" Vintage Port

SKU #240050 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Brooding blueberry, cassis, licorice and mineral nose complicated by a whiff of smoked meat; easy to pick out as Taylor in a blind grouping. Very concentrated, palate-saturating black cherry and black raspberry flavor. Thick and round but vibrant and delineated. Impressive extract. Explosive finishing fruit goes on and on. A very powerful port, but much more accessible early than a classic vintage Taylor. (ST)  (4/1998)

92 points Wine Spectator

 *#10 of the Top 100 Wines of 1998*A big, voluptuous wine--decadence in a bottle. Sports a brilliant magenta, purple color and intense aromas of plums and berries with hints of flowers. It's medium- to full-bodied, with a chunky, velvety-tannin mouthfeel and a long aftertaste of chocolate and fruit. Lovely. Best after 2008. *#10 of the Top 100 Wines of 1998* (JS)  (4/1998)

91 points John Gilman

 The wine delivers a polished bouquet of black cherries, plums, chocolate, a touch of pepper and a fine base of soil. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and complex, with fine mid-palate depth, moderate tannins, and good length and grip on the finish. There is still a touch of spirit on the backend of the ’95 Vargellas, and this too is still quite a young bottle of port. (Drink between 2011-2030)  (12/2009)


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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

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.
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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.