Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port 2004
The essence of Taylor Fladgate's vintage wine in declared years, this superbly structure single vineyard wine is powerful yet refined, with dense black fruit and spice flavors set in a steely tannic structure. Taylor, Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas reflects the classic Taylor style in a port that is slightly lighter in body and concentration and somewhat quicker to mature than vintage port. Otherwise identical in its palatal characteristics to a declared wine, it is rich, mellow and exceptionally full-bodied, with flavors of black fruit, coffee and walnuts, and the unmistakable Taylor backbone. Superb on its own, it is also enjoyable with the traditional accompaniments of stilton cheese and nuts.
Soft, perfumed wine, with a rich, full-bodied style that goes towards dry. At this stage, the spirit is somewhat obvious, but that is a sign of youth, and the wine will develop power and strength over the next several years.
Dark ruby in color. Inky. Shows crushed berry, wet earth, stem and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and a long, caressing finish. There's plenty going on here for a young vintage Port. Best after 2015. 6,500 cases made.