2003 Taylor's - Vintage Port 750ml

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WA 98   RH 96+   WS 94   IWC 93(+?)   JR 18   Collector 84
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

The 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port improved each time I raised it to my nose or mouth. It displays a black color and a salty, graphite-laced nose packed with sweet black fruits that is reminiscent of a stellar vintage of Chateau Latour. With air, notes of molasses, burnt sugar, spices, and jammy plums emanate from the glass. Full-bodied, hugely dense, immensely rich, as well as thick, this behemoth is also amazingly balanced and harmonious. Raisins, molasses, licorice, black cherries, plums, and a distinctive note of violets are found in its complex, seamless character. Its interminable finish reveals additional notes of chocolate, kirsch, red as well as black currants, dark cherries, and rose blossoms. Armed with exceptional power, depth, and purity, this Taylor will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest ever crafted by the Fladgate Partnership.

Drink Dates: 2035-2060
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 161

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For The Love of Port | Rating: 96+

Fully opaque violet/purple color. Plum and prune notes with mocha. Just an exciting youngster filled with promise of future greatness. A massively structured wine, with intense and powerful "in your face" opulent fruit. Rich, chew and primary at just five years of age. This needs four decades to reach its potential. Cheek sucking tannins lead to a finish that is insanely long and delicious. Drink now through 2053.

Author: Roy Hersh
Issue: Issue 32

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Lovely aromas of currants, blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and layers of ripe, round, velvety tannins. Flavorful finish. More round and refined than from barrel. 13,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($91) Bright, saturated ruby. Vibrant, pure aromas of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate. Juicy, minerally, precise and penetrating, but quite primary and unevolved today. Shows strong but integrated acidity and a tight kernel of fruit. Best today on the slow-building, rising, aristocratic finish. But today the wine's tannins are less obvious than its acids. This seems distinctly less ripe and chewy than the great 2000 Taylor's but it's still extremely unevolved. Latour-like in its structure and reserve. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 124

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Dark, luscious crimson. Some development at the rim. Very married, integrated nose. Super luscious - really quite different from the usual Taylor - so concentrated and luscious and polished you could almost enjoy it tonight! Just a tad of tar and liquorice on the end but almost irresistible now!! Just a bit of fine tannin on the end.

Drink Dates: 2015-2050
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Ryan Opaz
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/06/2005
1st Wood, earth, dried fruit, and cinnamon on the nose. The mouth is complex with cherry, blackberry, clove, minerals earth and chocolate. Fine tannins with a nicely balanced acidity. 4/5 2nd Dried fruit, wood, and almond/hazelnut show on the nose. High acid, big tannins though a bit rough. Flavors of grape, blackberry, and spices.

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Rating: 84
Author: philcohen
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2016-2033
Forawrd and intense. Not ready yet.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Average rating: 94, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

3338 bottles owned by 825 collectors.

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About This Producer


The 300-year-old estate, home to some of world's finest Port, is located high up in the Duoro region of Oporto, Portugal. Relatives of the estate's original owners still control the vineyards today. Referred to as the "Latour of Port," Taylor's has been known for centuries as the premier shipper of superior Vintage Ports, Tawny Ports, and its signature Late Bottled Vintage Ports. Both the '92 and '94 vintages received 100 points from Wine Spectator, while the '94 also came in as the top wine of its year.

Wine Varietal: Port Blend


Port is a fortified wine produced in the Douro region of Portugal. To achieve a sweet, high alcohol final product, brandy is added to the fermenting juice, stopping fermentation while sugar is still present in the must. Although more than 80 different grape varieties are authorized in blending, only five make up the majority of Port produced, each adding a unique profile to the finished blend. "Port-style" wines are created the world over using a bevy of traditional and non-traditional varieties.

Touriga Nacional produces small, dark-skinned grapes with high tannins. These grapes give Port grip, body, and structure.

Touriga Francesca is thinner skinned, lighter in tannins than Touriga Nacional, and contributes fruit, aroma, suppleness and roundness.

Tinta Roriz (Portuguese name for Tempranillo) adds high sugar content, low acidity, color and fruit.

Tinta Barroca is known for producing wines of delicacy and finesse, with smooth velvety fruit. It brings sweetness and ripeness to the final blend.

Tinto Cao produces fine and complex wines. Unfortunately, its painfully small yields have reduced plantings to almost insignificant levels.

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