Taylor Fladgate 2016 Vintage Porto, Portugal
Taylor Fladgate is considered the Rolls Royce of Port producers, consistently producing top quality port wines year after year. What struck me first with the 2016 Taylor’s port were the enticing floral and herbal aromas. On the palate, the Taylor’s port was slightly lighter and less sweet than many of the others we tried and offered complex flavors of licorice, spice and forest underbrush to balance the sweet red and dark berry fruit. I particularly loved the firm tannic structure giving this port backbone and texture. Pair with blue cheeses, berry desserts.
Taylor Fladgate is one of the oldest of the founding Port producers, producing since 1692 some of its finest examples. The house is dedicated entirely to Port production, and its finest styles, and is thought of as the benchmark for Vintage Port. In addition it is the originator of the Late Bottled Vintage style and is its leading producer. Even with such a long history, Taylor Fladgate remains an independent producer, with family members still playing key roles in company operations and maintaining continuity of quality and experience.
"This is a pleasure just to smell, with its hints of herbs, eucalyptus and blackberries. Some more time in bottle has made this a classic Port from start to finish in terms of aromatics and flavors. In my almost-40-year history of Port drinking, Taylor's was and is always one of my benchmarks for what a Port should taste and smell like. This delivers all that in spades. 96 Points"--Mark Squires, Wine Advocate