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Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010

Port from Portugal
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    20% ABV
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    4.1 5 Ratings
      20% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      Intense purple ruby color. Pungent aromatic nose with heaps of black woodland fruit, dark cherry and plum. Lovely clean,crisp freshness to the bouquet. The palate is rounded, smooth and perfectly balanced. Flavors of redcurrant, raspberry andblueberry in abundance, with a delicious hint of black licorice, wonderful purity of fruit. In true Taylor Fladgate style, thewine is very well structured with big firm tannins that hold the wine nicely together. The finish is wonderfully long.

      Pairs well with robust soft and hard cheeses, especially blue cheeses such as Stilton and Roquefort. An LBV is also deliciouswith desserts made with chocolate or fresh berries.

      Critical Acclaim

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      WS 92
      Wine Spectator
      There are lots of peppery notes to this juicy, open-textured style. Dark plum and cherry notes lead to plenty of midpalate minerality. Dark chocolate and cream accents linger on the rich, well-sculpted finish.
      W&S 90
      Wine & Spirits
      This wine’s black olive and black cherry fruit has chest-warming power, its tannins lending a rich, dark-chocolate depth. Some volatile edges brighten the finish, and while the fruit is a touch syrupy, it’s a firmly structured LBV.
      WE 90
      Wine Enthusiast
      This is a beautifully perfumed wine, with just the right dense texture of tannins and depth. A balance of fruit, tannins and acidity make this quite attractive. Drink now for immediate pleasure or wait until 2017 for a more mature character. Cellar Selection.
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      Taylor Fladgate, Portugal
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      Taylor's is now into its fourth century: one of the very oldest of the Port companies. It is the last totally independent company of the original British Port houses-and is still family owned and managed. It is run today from Oporto by descendants of the Yeatman and Fladgate families, both of which have been partners in the firm since the 1830s. For more than 300 years Taylor's name has been synonymous with consistent excellence in Port.

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      Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

      While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

      The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

      Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

      The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

      Blended from the most important red grapes of the Duoro Valley, Port is the famous fortified wine from Portugal. It is based on the Touriga Nacional grape with over 80 other varieties approved for use in the blend. However, typically about four other varieties play a major role: Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Francesa. Other wine regions of the world can produce fortified wine of a similar style from the same grapes or other grapes.

      There are numerous styles of Port: Ruby, Tawny, Vintage, LBV, White, Colheita, and a few unusual others.

      Ruby ports usually pack the most value and are ready to drink once bottled. Typical characteristics are ripe cherry and blackberry flavors with stewed plums, cocoa and dates.

      Tawny ports are “tawny” in color and have flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted pecans, vanilla, dried apricot, citrus peel, green figs and roasted espresso. The age designation on a Tawny Port indicates the average vintage age of the grapes in the bottle.

      When Port is made with high quality grapes selected from a single notable vintage, it is called Vintage Port. Some of the best recent vintages are 2011, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997 and 1994. Vintage Ports are complex and full-bodied with many flavors possible: concentrated blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and spice, smoke, coffee and chocolate.

      LBV Port comes from a single-vintage Ruby Port and may spend six years in the barrel before being bottled. These are ready to drink upon release. Serve most Ports slightly chilled at around 55-65°F.

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