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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2003

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CWA

RP100

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $99.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Pre-Arrival Offering: Porthos has secured a winery direct allocation of these bottles direct from the winery’s library = ETA late March 2019.

100 Points
“This dinner was one of the greatest events of my life. Remarkably, no one had ever before done a gala dinner or wine tasting on the Great Wall. It was a sight I shall never forget… these wines were absolutely out of control. After talking to many of the guests, I do not think my comments are exaggerated - it was just a perfect night - historic, and never to be forgotten... I was blown away by the 2003 Taylors Vintage Port.” - Robert Parker, Hedonist Gazette (6/08) 

The 2003 Taylors “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. Projected maturity: 2035-2060.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (#161)

Wine Spectator Vintage Report
“Praise for the 2003 Vintage Ports began just a few weeks after producers finished crushing the grapes. After tasting the wines, I can say that they deserve the hype. These young Ports are some of the best in years, showing fabulous aromas, ripe fruit and rich, powerful tannins. It's no surprise that early comparisons were made to the legendary vintage of 1994. I was extremely impressed with the overall quality. In my 25-year career, I have never found so many outstanding wines in a tasting of a declared Port vintage. A large part of this success is due to the generosity of Mother Nature, who delivered a superb growing season in the Douro Valley, the delimited vineyard area in Portugal for Port. But I also believe a lot has to do with the innovations and improvements of vineyards and cellars throughout the valley. The 2003 vintage was a small one for most Port producers. Most of the houses reported a smaller-than-normal harvest in 2003, and production of Vintage Port was down by 20-30%. So does it make sense to rush out and buy some? If you want the thrill of having some young Vintage Port in your cellar, the answer is yes, but they won't be ready to drink for another 7-10 years. Anyone interested in Vintage Port will one day enjoy the classic 2003 vintage. The only question is when.” - James Suckling (4/06)
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*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Pre-Arrival Offering: Porthos has secured a winery direct allocation of these bottles direct from the winery’s library = ETA late March 2019.

100 Points
“This dinner was one of the greatest events of my life. Remarkably, no one had ever before done a gala dinner or wine tasting on the Great Wall. It was a sight I shall never forget… these wines were absolutely out of control. After talking to many of the guests, I do not think my comments are exaggerated - it was just a perfect night - historic, and never to be forgotten... I was blown away by the 2003 Taylors Vintage Port.” - Robert Parker, Hedonist Gazette (6/08) 

The 2003 Taylors “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. Projected maturity: 2035-2060.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (#161)

Wine Spectator Vintage Report
“Praise for the 2003 Vintage Ports began just a few weeks after producers finished crushing the grapes. After tasting the wines, I can say that they deserve the hype. These young Ports are some of the best in years, showing fabulous aromas, ripe fruit and rich, powerful tannins. It's no surprise that early comparisons were made to the legendary vintage of 1994. I was extremely impressed with the overall quality. In my 25-year career, I have never found so many outstanding wines in a tasting of a declared Port vintage. A large part of this success is due to the generosity of Mother Nature, who delivered a superb growing season in the Douro Valley, the delimited vineyard area in Portugal for Port. But I also believe a lot has to do with the innovations and improvements of vineyards and cellars throughout the valley. The 2003 vintage was a small one for most Port producers. Most of the houses reported a smaller-than-normal harvest in 2003, and production of Vintage Port was down by 20-30%. So does it make sense to rush out and buy some? If you want the thrill of having some young Vintage Port in your cellar, the answer is yes, but they won't be ready to drink for another 7-10 years. Anyone interested in Vintage Port will one day enjoy the classic 2003 vintage. The only question is when.” - James Suckling (4/06)



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Taylor Fladgate

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Portugal