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2018 Taylor Fladgate Dessert & Ice Wine "Vintage Port"

Taylor Fladgate 2018 Vintage Port

Winery: Taylor Fladgate

Vintage: 2018

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Vintage Port"

Wine Category: Dessert & Ice Wine

Grape blend: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, & Tinta Barroca

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Douro

State or country: Portugal

Price: $120

Cases produced: 7,800

KWG Score: 97 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: August 30, 2021

Wine Review: This midnight purple colored Vintage Port opens with a faint dried cigar leaf and gentle cherry bouquet with hints of plum, date, and black licorice. On the palate, this wine is balanced and full bodied with medium plus acidity. The flavor profile is red currant, graphite, and raisin blend with hints of clove, tar, and black tea. The consensus was this Port needs time to soften and express itself. It did that and then some on day 2 and day 3. The Panel would be quite patient with this Port. When ready, we would pair it with Rogue Creamery, Caveman blue cheese. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: A purple-black core with a narrow purple rim. Black fruit aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant infused with discreet notes of cherry and mocha. The fruit is very fine and focused, but the year seems to have given it an additional layer of density and weight. Signature fragrance of violets, with rose petal and wild, minty herbal aromas. The palate has beautifully ripe tannins, providing both structure and volume, and ends with fresh, complex fruit flowing endlessly through the finish. In the 2018, the Taylor Fladgate traits of fine fruit and inner power combine seamlessly with the ripeness and depth typical of the vintage. This wine will develop for decades in the bottle.

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