N.V. Taylor Fladgate 30 Year Old Tawny Porto

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 94
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 20.0%
Price :
$119.95
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"This is lovely, displaying warm date, toffee and persimmon notes entwined with sesame oil, green tea and ginger flavors. Shows a lovely interplay of sweet and dry, with flashes of hazelnut cream and juniper contrasting each other on the long and deep finish. Drink now. 900 cases made, 475 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The NV 30 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in February 2016 with a bar-top cork and comes in with 126 grams per liter of residual sugar. The last release of this I saw was the 2014. Obviously, the differences are typically small from year to year and they are not side by side, but this didn't show quite as well early on, whether due to it being a different release or just a different context. It shows good concentration while retaining some mid-palate finesse. It is complex, then it adds a powerfully intense finish laced with burnt orange peel and molasses as it warms. If I had a quibble, there was some noticeable alcohol, especially when retasted the next day. Some three or four days later, it was far smoother, but it is always a little edgy. Overall, this is a fairly stern style, dry and brooding, with that hint of spirits in the background. It reminds me of the stereotypical scene with Port (or Cognac), cigars and blue cheese. It just has that serious feel to it, along with that long finish. It seems to be one, as discussed in the accompanying article, that leans more to a 40-year Port. As always, these last indefinitely, barring cork failures, but they are not really meant to be held." (WA)

"The 30-Year Old Tawny (2017 bottling) is probably my pick of the various aged Tawnies currently sold by Taylor Fladgate. The nose is beautiful: very pure with crushed strawberry, rose petal, quince and pressed flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with ginger and allspice on the entry, a fine line of acidity and a very harmonious, almost nutty finish that lingers in the mouth. This is what Tawny Port is all about! Tasted at the Big Fortified Tasting in London." (VM)

Winery Notes:
This superb example of aged tawny Porto is made from selected grapes from the best vineyards of the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Taylor Fladgate is an area leader in winemaking technology, as one of only three Porto producers to pioneer the development of piston fermenter techniques, called Port Toes, that extract significantly greater flavor and aroma than conventional pump-over fermentation. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. Individual wines produced in different vintages are aged in 600-liter oak casks for years, over which time they will lose their young, dark purple-black color to gain the distinctive “tawny” hue from which the wine takes its name. As tawnies age, the wines take on increasingly more nutty flavors and become more concentrated as the barrels lose 3% of their volume every year (the “Angels’ Share”) to evaporation. The 30 Year Old Tawny is a blend created using tawnies with an average of 30 years of aging.

With an intense amber, tawny color, the wine has opulent, voluptuous, spicy, jammy and nutty aromas with orange blossom notes and a fine oak influence coming from the long aging in cask. The full palate is very rich, with concentrated flavor and a long, mellow finish.

Pairs well with figs, almonds and caramel. It can be served at the end of the meal with walnuts or dried fruit and it can be slightly chilled in the summer.