Taylor Fladgate Vargellas Vintage Port
2008 / 375 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- OT Other Review Service
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
91 pts. Wine & Spirits: December 1, 2010
Black and smoky, this vintage from the arid steeps of Vargellas locks its sweet purple fruit behind austere tannin. There’s suppleness in the room beyond, and a range of intriguing spices that seems to derive from the tannins of the Douro’s otherworldly grapes. Long and intense, this needs 12 to 15 years to mellow.
91 pts. Wine Enthusiast: April, 2011
A beautiful, fruity wine that also has good structure to balance its black plum fruits. The acidity is important, although the wine as a whole is on the dry side, with spice and dominant final tannins.
89 pts. Wine Spectator: Web only – 2010
Plush, with lots of iron and mineral notes to the cassis and blueberry flavors, which feature some peppery notes. Medium-grained tannins fill the finish, with plenty of dark chocolate. Best from 2013 through 2018.