Opaque, purple black colour with a narrow violet rim. Characteristically stylish and racy, with a nose of dense blackcurrant and woodland fruit overlaid with discreet herbal nuances and scents of violet and rose petals. As usual the classic Taylor elegance and understatement conceal the wine’s energy and vigour. On the palate it displays the lean, sinewy and tightly knit tannins which are so much a feature of the Taylor style and the vibrant and clearly delineated fruit flavours which are the hallmark of the 2007 vintage.
Grapes from the following three Quintas: Vergellas, de Terra Feita and do Junco were used to produce 2007 Taylors port.
The winemakers tasting notes read as follows; Opaque, purple colour with narrow violet rim. Characteristically stylish and racy with a nose dense blackcurrant and woodland fruit overlaid with discreet herbal nuances and scents of violet and rose petals. On the palate it displays it displays the lean , sinewy and tightly knit tannins which are so much a feature of the Taylors style and the vibrant and clearly delineated fruit flavours which are the hallmark of the 2007 vintage.
The 2007 Vintage Port Wine from Taylor’s is a superb port from an exceptional vintage, ready to drink now or cellar and keep for the next 25-30 years. As always, Taylor Fladgate is one of the benchmarks of a declared vintage in Oporto. Having spent the past 10 years evolving in the bottle, the 2007 Taylor’s vintage port has just started entering its drinking window.
“The 2007 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port is a blend of multiple sites meant to express the house style in a great year. It displays a superb aromatic array of pencil lead, Asian spices, incense, blackberry, and floral notes. Dense, suave, and opulent on the palate, this is a mouth-filling, intense, layered wine that has superb grip and concentration. It will effortlessly age for 25+ years and still be delivering pleasure at age 50. ” Wine Advocate 2010.
The association of Vintage Port suggests enjoying with a mature blue cheese such as Stilton is one of the great classic food and wine combinations. The soft buttery texture, mellow character and piquancy of the cheese are perfectly matched by the powerfully majestic flavours of the Vintage Port. Other blue, buttery, mellow and slightly piquant cheeses to consider would be: Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Augur Blue. Vintage port is also good with chocolate – a flattering accompaniment to top quality hand-made chocolates and artisan chocolate bars or (particularly delicious) chocolate covered figs.
The 2007 growing season was preceded by a wet winter that replenished water reserves after four hot, dry years. The humid conditions continued into spring and early summer with lower than average temperatures combined with periods of rain. There were no significant periods of intense heat during the summer months. The first two weeks of September saw constant daily temperatures of between 35ºC and 38ºC.
These warm and dry conditions brought the crop to perfect maturity, advancing the production of sugar and phenolics while retaining the excellent natural acidity resulting from the relatively cool summer. As a result the harvest produced perfectly balanced musts which have produced stylish and elegant Vintage Port, full of vitality, with a superb fresh concentrated fruit character
***96 Points Wine Advocate***
94-97 points Wine Spectator
100 Points Tyson Stelzer