Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017
These are Half Bottles or 375 ML. Often described as the Rolls-Royce of the Ports, Taylor Fladgate is world renowned for its high quality Port wines and its many accomplishments in the region's history. Taylor invented the late bottled vintage category (aka LBV's), and is still the category’s standard-bearer for LBV; it was the first Port firm to produce single-quinta vintage Porto ; the family became the first Porto shipper to purchase vineyards in the Douro Valley in 1744; and it is the only Porto company that has remained 100% family run throughout its history.
Wine AdvocateThe 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend aged for approximately 20 months in wood. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. A step up (or two) on the 2016, this shows fine depth, more focus, vivid fruit and serious power. It's not particularly thick, austere or astringent, but this is built for the long haul. It is potentially a great Taylor's, effortlessly combining brilliant fruit and structure. It tastes great now (today, it is far more vivid than its Vinha Velha sibling), but the power makes this hard to drink today. So, have some patience. It will need some time, probably a lot more than indicated, and will likely last longer than indicated as well. As noted in the accompanying article, I don't see much point to impossibly long drinking windows. At some point, reevaluation is required.
Wine EnthusiastThe structure is currently very dominant in this wine. Its dark tannins are concentrated, waiting for the masked black fruits to come through. Everything is there, it just needs an immense amount of time. Drink from 2030.
Wine SpectatorThis offers up a dense rumble of dark currant, fig and blackberry paste flavors, laced with hints of buckwheat, baker's chocolate and warm tar. The muscular finish is thickly layered, with threads of alder and espresso cream adding definition along the way. Should be among the more long-lived wines of the vintage. Best from 2035 through 2060. 1,250 cases imported.