Red - Fortified

1970 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage

Port Blend

  • Portugal
  • Douro
  • Porto
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Community Tasting Notes 141

  • Burgundy Al wrote: (93 points)

    April 22, 2017 - Wine Dinner Extravaganza; 4/21/2017-4/22/2017 (Smyth and The Loyalist - Chicago IL): Late night, brief note. Rich and opulent with sweet fruit, dark chocolate. Fresher than I expected. Moderate length or finesse, but maybe because it was tonight's 25th bottle?

    I took the bottle home, corked and refrigerated, so will revisit. Day 2 seemed even fresher (or perhaps I was fresher?), but still a little monolithic. Half bottle left, so there will be more to this tasting note.

    Finished five weeks later (5/31/17), still tasty, similar to when initially opened and tasted, even if somewhat shorter and less dense.

  • dcwino wrote: (93 points)

    April 21, 2017 - Annual gathering with Chicago winos in Chicago - Burgs, old Bordeauxs and SQNs (Smyth and The Loyalist - Chicago IL): Expressive nose displaying fruitcake, dry fig, concentrated grape juice, bitter chocolate and cognac, Still very youthful palate, good sweetness, nicely layered, medium acidity and a medium to long finish with noticeable heat at the end. It is still a bit harsh. Perhaps need another decade or two?

  • John Danza Likes this wine: (87 points)

    April 14, 2017 - Decanted 7 hours before service. Purchased recently. Oddly, this wine was disappointing, yet successful this evening.

    The disappointing part was the wine itself. The color was light brick red, far to light for this producer and this vintage. Clearly it had not been stored properly. It still had a lot of alcohol heat, which did not die down while in the glass. I expected a whole lot more. On the palate, the wine showed 55% cacao dark chocolate and Luxardo cherries, which turned out to be its savior (see below).

    The successful part was the pairing with the food. The dessert course was a warm chocolate soufflé with a dark cherry sauce. The Taylor in its current condition paired marvelously with the dessert. The lighter dark chocolate worked well with the chocolate level in the soufflé, and the Luxardo cherry in the wine was perfect with the cherry sauce put inside the soufflé. This is a perfect example of why I look at wines in the context of the food, not just in and of themselves.

  • MAOC wrote:

    February 8, 2017 - Decanted for 5 hours. Initially seems pale but put on weight noticeably in the decanter. The nose is mainly dominated by cherry, with baking spice, early hints of leather and touches of liquorice. The palate has well balanced sweetness and shows no spirit; slightly peppery tannins are still evident in the finish. I think this wine just needs another 10 years thought not clear if it will reach the level of the Fonseca from the same vintage. ****

  • beatles Likes this wine: (97 points)

    January 22, 2017 - Fogheads@HSA - Østerbro (Østerbro, Copenhagen): Out of this world; tasting blind, we were talking tawny (the colour is there), but there is no brown sugar here, rather a razorblade precision and clarity and cioncentration of fruit. This is Grand Vin indeed, and it will go on, but it was singing on the night, and people were dancing in joy. #Foghead#HSA

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/17/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage) Bricking medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; odd, dried out, dried orange, VA nose; tasty, dried berry, cherry, roses palate with depth, a little hot, not showing as well as prior bottles; long finish (decanted for about 3 hours)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2007 (link) 19+ points

    (Taylor's Vintage Port) On first opening it, this wine gave off some wonderfully sweet and complex aromas, very reminiscent of roasted meats, with a savoury-sweet, chargrilled note. This sweet, meaty, aroma stayed with the wine over the three days, with little touches of caramel. But it also showed some impressively persistent fruit, notes of gently macerated cherry and plum, with pepper and nutmeg spices. The palate doesn't disappoint after such a promising nose; most importantly it has a balanced, harmonious composition, where every component just seems to be present to just the right degree. It starts off with a very fresh, fluid presence, deliciously gentle and detached, before building both in grip and in backbone through the midpalate. It shows some firm alcohol on the finish, but with a creamy weight, plentiful fruit complexity and some chalky tannins which suggest to me that this wine will continue to improve in the cellar. And the length? It is very pleasing. Not, surprisingly, remarkably long, fading with little ceremony, but it does linger for a little while. Overall, a super wine which should drink well for a decade at least, and perhaps much longer than that. A great bottle.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/22/2005 (link) 95 points

    (Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage) Nice roses, raspberry, strawberry jam nose; delicious, mellow, tawny, rounded palate; long finish 95+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1970
  • Type Red - Fortified
  • Producer Taylor (Fladgate)
  • Varietal Port Blend
  • Designation Vintage
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Douro
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Porto

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  • Pending Delivery 7 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,558 (78%)
  • Consumed 719 (22%)

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