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Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellastext
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16¾/20

Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas 1998

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalThe 1998 Vargellas is a super buy on many levels. It's ready to drink, you could still add it to your cellar for depth in the port collection or it could be bought to mark an upcoming 20th anniversary in 2018. Not a perfect year in Oporto hence its single quinta designation but the trick is to select the best lots in this case from the single quinta (vineyard) planted to a majority of old vines. The nose is a mix of earthy, black licorice, tea, black cherry jam, molasses and nutty, dried fig, savory herb aromas. The attack is mature and round with dry black cherry, prune plum flavours flecked with walnuts, cedar and coffee flavours. Good finesse with fine tannin structure. Drink with a great piece of cheese or hold if you have the patience.Tasted: 13 October 2014Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 80.00 specialty listing Producer: Taylor Fladgate PartnershipDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Touriga Nacional - Touriga FrancaCSPC: 689422