International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 77
Saturated ruby. Brooding blueberry, cassis, licorice and mineral nose complicated by a whiff of smoked meat; easy to pick out as Taylor in a blind grouping. Very concentrated, palate-saturating black cherry and black raspberry flavor. Thick and round but vibrant and delineated. Impressive extract. Explosive finishing fruit goes on and on. A very powerful port, but much more accessible early than a classic vintage Taylor.
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Author: James Suckling
A big, voluptuous wine--decadence in a bottle. Sports a brilliant magenta, purple color and intense aromas of plums and berries with hints of flowers. It's medium- to full-bodied, with a chunky, velvety-tannin mouthfeel and a long aftertaste of chocolate and fruit. Lovely.
For The Love of Port
Author: Roy Hersh
Issue: Issue 33
Another fine example of the Vargellas mystique. Here the nose is rocking with stewed prunes, fresh cut flowers and a smoky essence that adds depth. A full-fledged full-bodied VP from the get go and yet it is open less than four hours! This will be gorgous in about six hours. Solid backbone with an iron grip this shows the power of a Taylor Fladgate "classic" VP and provides all the insight as to why those Ports are so great. The Vargellas nerve ending is long and delicious with a milk chocolate note that really rounds this out. There is a full three decades before this reaches its zenith. But the good news is, you don’t have to wait 'til then!
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/30/2009
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