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2009 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May 2012

(from 70+-year-old vines):  Full medium ruby.  Aromas of kirsch, chocolate and mocha show some superripe notes of truffle and nuts.  Wonderfully smooth and concentrated wine with a fine-grained texture and slightly elevated alcohol.  Really washes over the palate without leaving any impression of heaviness.  Very long on the aftertaste.  Initially, I found this less complex and delineated than the classic vintage Taylor, but after 24 hours in the recorked bottle it tightened up considerably, showing higher-pitched black cherry and violet aromas and more verve.  The alcohol also came into better harmony with the wine's fruit.  I'd lay this one down for at least a decade.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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