2007 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port

Year: 2007
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 20.0%
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"Bottled in January 2012, this classic LBV has great perfumed fruit, soft and elegant. A blackberry jam flavor dominates, laced with black cherries and soft tannins. Immediately appealing and drinkable now. — R.V. (6/1/2012)" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Taylor, Fladgate and Yeatman were the creators of the late-bottled vintage style of wine, initially referred to as "Vintage Reserve" when it was first released in 1955. Their first Late-Bottled Vintage labelled as such, the 1965, was released in 1969. Though later followed by other port houses in this category, Taylor, Fladgate remains the benchmark of late-bottled vintage ports and retains the major share of market worldwide for this type of wine. Originally conceived as an alternative to vintage port for the restaurateur, LBV offers a wine with the organoleptic qualities of a vintage port in a lighter, less complex and less concentrated style which is ready to drink on release, requires no decanting and enjoys a considerably longer shelf life than a mature vintage port once uncorked.

Taylor, Fladgate LBV is blended from reserves of high-quality, full-bodied wines from a single vintage produced from its own quintas and other top properties in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior areas. As are all ports, the wine is allowed to ferment until approximately half the sugar is converted to alcohol, when the process is arrested by the addition of clear grape brandy of 77 percent alcohol by volume in the proportion of four parts must to one part spirit. This brings the alcohol content of the young wine to between seventeen and nineteen percent, a proportion later corrected to twenty percent. In contrast to the two years declared vintage port spends in cask, LBV is aged for a minimum of four, up to at most six years in wood. The wines are then blended, followed by a light fining and cold filtering, to show the fine balance, backbone and consistency characteristic of the Taylor style while reflecting the qualities of the vintage year.

Taylor, Fladgate LBV does not improve with bottle age, and unless it has been stored for some time needs no decanting. Deep purple in color, with intense, jammy fruit flavors and an aromatic nose of berries, vanilla and a touch of walnut, it is best enjoyed with the traditional full-flavored cheeses and nuts, intense desserts or on its own at the end of a meal

Great black fruit quality on the stylish nose which displays inky notes, a discreet herbal and mineral character and hints of liquorice. Beautifully complex, fine and elegant bouquet. Wonderful velvety texture on the rich, concentrated and weighty palate which delivers heaps of flavour leading into a long finish crammed with sumptuous dark chocolate and liquorice.