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Professional Ratings: 98 The Wine Advocate, 97 Wine Enthusiast, 96 James Suckling
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 20%
Item no. 125734
Impenetrable blue-black color with narrow purple rim. Intricate and finely constituted, the nose displays classic Taylor Fladgate elegance and poise. A dense core of pure, complex fruit, redolent of blackberry and cassis, is enveloped in a fragrant aura of violets. Resiny garrigue scents and subtle notes of licorice and black coffee emerge as the nose develops. On the palate, taut, linear tannins provide a solid framework. Fine berry fruit flavors linger into the finish where the tannins re-emerge, with an attractive touch of austerity. This is textbook Taylor Fladgate, the fine aromas and distinctive floral character of Vargellas blending with the dense dark woodland fruit and herbal scents of Terra Feita to produce a stylish wine with the unmistakable Taylor Fladgate combination of stamina and refinement.
The 2011 Taylor's Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating, glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But don't let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylor's.
There is an initial smoky character, followed by a burst of ripe, rich black fruit, giving this wine weight and a dark, brooding core that is still developing. The palate is accented with black plum and berry fruit, considerable acidity and a delicate perfume on the finish. For serious aging.
Very pretty pure fruit on the nose: crushed berries and minerals with a licorice and graphite undertone. Full body, medium sweet with chewy tannins that are polished and firm. This shows balance and harmony, but remains powerful, muscular and toned. 11,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2021.