2013 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto

Year: 2013
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 20.0%
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"Plush and warm in feel, with melted black licorice, fruitcake and ganache notes holding sway over the fleshy core of plum and blackberry confiture flavors. A singed alder hint through the finish gives this a pleasant hint of rusticity. Best from 2019 through 2025. 125,000 cases made, 8,000 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Port was filtered and bottled in 2018 with a bar-top cork and 95 grams of sugar. This has a plum-and-chocolate fruit nuance supported by moderate tannins that give it some distinction to go with the tasty fruit. This is a pretty fine example of the style. These can hold in the bottle, but that's not the point here. They are not expected to develop, and they should be drunk relatively young.

Winemaker David Guimaraens said that 2016, the first declaration since 2011, was a cooler year with purity of fruit and less power compared to the muscular and concentrated 2011s. That is pretty obvious on tasting them. They are enchanting for their freshness, though." (WA)

"The style of this LBV changes little. It is always a fruity, ready-to-drink Port, rich in black fruits and juicy acidity. It is perfumed, ripe, warming and lightly structured. It is ready to drink. Roger Voss" (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.