2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port

Year: 2003
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 98+/95
Vinous Media: 93+
Wine Enthusiast: 97<br/>Jancis Robinson: 18/20
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 20.5%
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100 Points! I was blown away by the 2003 Taylors vintage port - Robert Parker, May, 2008

We were fortunate enough to recently obtain this latest parcel of what is arguably the greatest 100-point RP wine for the price.

Awarding it a perfect score it in his Hedonist's Gazette, Robert Parker simply accompanies it with the comment "I was blown away by the 2003 Taylors Vintage Port" while many others have concurred with high scores of their own.

Even better, this recent acquisition comes straight from Taylor's own cellars in Porto, and packed in pristine 6-bottle wood cases.

"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. Best after 2014. 13,000 cases made.–JS " (WS)

"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. Projected maturity: 2035-2060." (WA) Pierre Rovani, 2005 (98+)

"The 2003 Taylor’s has a lovely ripe, primal bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and marmalade that shows slightly better delineation than the Fonseca. The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat of that summer. There is wonderful focus here and fine tension, the finish offering precise notes of black cherries, mulberry, cloves and white pepper. This is one of the finest Ports of a precocious vintage. Tasted May 2013." (WA) Neal Martin, 2013 (95)

"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."(VM)

"Inky purple in color, this youngest Taylor vintage Port boasts a floral, wonderfully open and appealing bouquet, backed by layers of rich fruit. What makes this wine extra special is the seductive texture-somewhere between creamy and syrupy-and ample length. Hold." (WE)

"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 2015-2050." (JR)