Wine Enthusiast 96
WE TOP 100 2012 Cellar Selection Rank 36
"Taylor Fladgate’s vintage Ports are always among the legendary wines. This hugely structured wine keeps the dense, perfumed tradition very much alive. Along with the power, it also has wonderful fruit, bursting out with blackberry jam. Even with all the fruitiness, it needs to age for decades. " ~ RV
Wine Advocate 95
"Going back and forth, the Taylor's 2009 has a lighter nose than the 2007 with precise dark cherry, Seville orange, fresh fig and a hint of scorched soil. The palate is full-bodied packed with ripe black cherries, fresh fig and white pepper; very harmonious and focused although I feel that the 2007 has a little more depth and persistency. Very pretty and very pure, this Taylor's may well put on weight with a couple of years in bottle and merit a higher mark."
" The 2009 is the fourth declaration in a decade. In over three centuries of Taylor Fladgate history, a sequence of great vintages like this has been very rare. He added, It is also remarkable that these four years have produced wines so different from one another but all unmistakeably Taylor Fladgate in style.
2009 will be remembered in the Douro Valley for its dry summer, low production and very concentrated juice. Head winemaker David Guimaraens commented: The low yields produced wines with enormous density of colour and excellent tannic grip. However they also display good acidity and wonderfully complex fruit. The Taylor Fladgate 2009 blend is based on the wines of Quinta de Vargellas and Quinta de Terra Feita. Since 2000, the firms third property, Quinta do Junco, has also made a small contribution to the blend and has done so again in 2009." ~ Winery notes
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Taylor's is one of the oldest of the founding Port houses. The history of the firm is in many ways the history of the Port trade itself.
Since its foundation the company has remained independent. Now well into its fourth century, it has thrived and prospered, establishing itself as one of the world's most respected historic wine houses. This has been achieved through the perseverance, pioneering spirit and continuity of purpose of successive generations of family involvement.