#23 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018
This wine is deep purple in colour with a narrow magenta rim.
Notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright fruit is a heady aura of herbs.
This wine also has some exotic notes of cedar wood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity.
Linear tannins that integrate seamlessly into the mid palate and re-emerge to hold the wine in a confident grip. Energized by a racy acidity, the intense berry flavors continue to build into the long finish.
Best served after a meal, alone or with cheeses, nuts or dried fruits. Also can be served with fine dark chocolate.
The wine should be decanted before serving due to sediment in the bottle.
Walnuts, blue veined and other richly flavoured cheeses are excellent accompaniments to Vintage Port; so too are dried fruits such as apricots or figs.
This is really the most amazing young Taylor I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. .
Rating: 100 points
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 add freshness to the wine.
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 seriously grippy, strapping Port, this revels in its power.
Roberts Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. The Croft might be as rich—although I don't think so; we'll see as they age—but this is more expressive right now. The most delicious of the three Fladgate Group offerings, this has the sexiest fruit. Even allowing that it had a fair bit of air, this was showing surprisingly well for young Taylor's. That is speaking relatively, of course, because this still has power and energy.
Rating Range: Between 94 and 96
The weather pattern during the growing and ripening seasons had a decisive effect on the character of the 2016 wines. Spring was unusually wet, with heavy rain and somewhat cool conditions throughout April and May. This had the benefit of restoring the ground water levels, since the previous year’s had some drought.This created reserves for the hot summer that was to follow. However, the wet spring conditions also resulted in loss of fruit in some areas and a significant reduction in yields. They also delayed the start of the ripening cycle.
The first grapes were picked at Taylor Fladgate’s Quinta de Vargellas on 17th September, with the Pinhão Valley estates following on the 23rd and 26th respectively.