When it comes to the world’s greatest fortified wines, one name invariably crops up time after time – that of Portugal’s Taylor Fladgate. Were there ever to be a Bordeaux-style classification of the numerous producers of port wine, Taylor’s iconic port wine estates would most certainly be considered a First Growth.
Taylor’s Port has a three-hundred-year tradition focusing solely on its port wines, finding the very best methods of production and refining them to produce some of the best examples in existence. Today the pinnacle of Taylor’s portfolio is their vintage-dated port, a wine produced only in exceptional years and typically averaging about three releases per decade. The laws governing the production dictate that these wines must be from the fruit of a single year and bottled no later than two years from the date of the vintage — thus, the process of maturing primarily takes place in the bottle.
It is generally accepted in wine circles that larger bottles (75cl and 150cl magnums) will age more slowly than their 37.5cl counterparts, and with most wines this can be a benefit when it comes to long term cellaring. Yet because opening and consuming a regular-sized bottle of vintage port can be challenging, for even the most ardent port devotee, the opportunity to acquire half bottles offers the advantage of not only being able to enjoy the wine more often but also sees these bottles starting to reach their peak a little earlier.
Today we are pleased to offer 37.5cl half bottles of the 1997 Taylor’s Vintage Port that still have a long life ahead of them, yet thanks to their smaller size, are already in their lengthy drinking window.
The critics reviews are full of superlatives for this 1997 release described by Neal Martin as “superb” and Robert Parker as “exquisite”, awarding 97 and 96 points respectively.
Taylor Fladgate is undeniably one of the highest quality producers of port and with their centuries of experience remain the benchmark for all others.
This wine comes with perfect provenance coming direct from the producer.
97 Points – Neal Martin | Wine Advocate
A deep black inky core with deep ruby rim. The nose dose not have the definition or the ripeness of the -92 yet it is cut from the same cloth. Scents of pure blackberry, blueberry, liquorice, raisin with a touch of dried blood and a sense of being earthier than the previous two declarations. The palate is medium-bodied rather than full-, but has lovely balance and a bewitching sensuality. I love the sense of earthiness to this port and it is adorned with a cohesive, very refined finish. Superb. Tasted November 2007.
96 Points – Robert Parker | Wine Advocate
Saturated black/purple-colored, with stunning aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and iron, this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage. Extremely full-bodied, with silky tannin, spectacular concentration and purity, multiple flavor levels, and an evolved, forward personality, this is an exquisite yet precocious 1997 vintage port. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.
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