2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port

Proprietary Blend - 3L
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REVIEWS

WE 98 WS 98 VN 97 DC 96 WA 96 W&S 92
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

Ripe, structured while also fruity, this intense, perfumed Port is opulent while also elegant. Its tannins and great fruit are finely integrated and are rich with potential. Black fruits, berries and a juicy aftertaste...
WS 98

Wine Spectator, December 2018

This is packed with raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors that play off one another, melding with anise, fruitcake and ganache notes. A warm tarry edge coats the finish, revealing an echo of bramble. A...
VN 97

Vinous, June 2018

In 2016 Taylor's began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhão Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry...
DC 96

Decanter, May 2018

Dense and heady on the nose with an attractive green, leafy edge. Sweet and pump on the palate with lovely bright cherry and damson fruit – nicely defined but not as big as some. Firm, tight-knit tannins on a long, linear...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2022

The 2016 Vintage Port was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. When last seen, this was a fine Taylor's, not my favorite, perhaps, but very fine. It is a little precocious in this...
W&S 92

Wine & Spirits, December 2018

Candela Prol, who teaches classes at the International Wine Center, called this wine out for its freshness, “a brightness that unfolds across the palate and reverberates.” Along with that brightness, it’s heady and rich...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Port
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2016
Size 3L
Percent alcohol 20%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port is a distinguished offering from one of Portugal's most renowned producers. This wine is a proprietary blend from the Douro region, boasting an impressive 20% alcohol content and secured with a traditional cork closure.

This vintage has received high praise from several esteemed wine critics. Neal Martin of Vinous awarded it an outstanding score of 97, highlighting its "aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive, and a light, marine-tinged element." Martin also noted its "fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity," emphasizing the wine's robust structure and gentle yet insistent grip towards the finish. According to him, it's "everything you really want from a Vintage Port."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, represented by Mark Squires, gave the wine a score of 96. Squires remarked on its "big, beautiful fruit" and firm finish, predicting that it will evolve well over time. He described it as "a delicious Taylor's that is hard to resist," though he noted it was still too young to show much development.

Decanter echoed these sentiments with another score of 96, appreciating its "dense and heady nose with an attractive green, leafy edge." The review complimented the "sweet and pump" palate, which features "lovely bright cherry and damson fruit." The finish was noted as "long and linear," showcasing the wine's purity of fruit.

Wine Spectator offered one of the highest accolades, scoring the wine at 98. The review described it as "packed with raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry fruit flavors," which meld with notes of anise, fruitcake, and ganache. The finish is characterized by a "warm tarry edge" and an "echo of bramble," making it a "seriously grippy, strapping Port."

Similarly, Wine Enthusiast also rated it 98, praising its "ripe, structured while also fruity" nature. The review noted the wine's opulence balanced with elegance, and its "rich potential" due to finely integrated tannins and great fruit. The aftertaste is described as "juicy," adding freshness to the wine.

Lastly, Wine & Spirits provided a slightly lower score of 92 but still recognized its merits. The wine's "freshness" and "brightness that unfolds across the palate and reverberates" were highlighted. It was noted to be more elegant and supple than previous Taylor vintages, making it an intriguing candidate for aging.

In summary, the 2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port is a well-rounded, highly acclaimed wine that promises both immediate enjoyment and long-term potential.