Taylor-Fladgate-Late-Bottled-Vintage-Port-2014

Taylor Fladgate, Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

“The 2014 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a typical Douro blend bottled in 2018 with a bar-top cork, 101 grams of residual sugar and 20% alcohol. Deeper than its sibling (the Fonseca LBV this issue) on opening, this still lacks that wine’s personality, enticing aromatics and more intense flavors. This did seem more powerful and brooding, the structure more impressive than its fruit. It also seemed brighter and livelier, however. The next day, things changed. This no longer seemed any deeper than the Fonseca, which fleshed out and then showed even more power. Plus, the Fonseca seemed more tightly wound. They both retain plenty of power for LBVs, though. The flavor profiles remain a bit different, obviously. In a tough Douro year, this is a good performance, but the fruit is not overly expressive. Give the edge this year to the Fonseca. This is, of course, ready to drink now and needs no particular development time.”
- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (88 points)
April 2019

Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6472
Varietal: Port
Type: Red
Country: Portugal
Region: Portugal
Winery: Taylor Fladgate
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$299.40 $275.40
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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6472
Varietal: Port
Type: Red
Country: Portugal
Region: Portugal
Winery: Taylor Fladgate

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“The 2014 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a typical Douro blend bottled in 2018 with a bar-top cork, 101 grams of residual sugar and 20% alcohol. Deeper than its sibling (the Fonseca LBV this issue) on opening, this still lacks that wine’s personality, enticing aromatics and more intense flavors. This did seem more powerful and brooding, the structure more impressive than its fruit. It also seemed brighter and livelier, however. The next day, things changed. This no longer seemed any deeper than the Fonseca, which fleshed out and then showed even more power. Plus, the Fonseca seemed more tightly wound. They both retain plenty of power for LBVs, though. The flavor profiles remain a bit different, obviously. In a tough Douro year, this is a good performance, but the fruit is not overly expressive. Give the edge this year to the Fonseca. This is, of course, ready to drink now and needs no particular development time.”
- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (88 points)
April 2019