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2009 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha
Producer: Taylor Fladgate
Grape Type: other red varietal
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.