Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porttext

Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1977

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, Portugal“Remarkably backward yet still impressive when young,” are the wise words of Robert Parker, brought on by tasting youthful Taylors. I remember buying the 1977s and at the time I was told to just put them down for two decades and leave them alone. Forty years down the road, the ’77 is beginning to show the cracks of age. Mellow is a word that comes to mind, although only in the sense that the power of this wine is giving way to old age. The rich, dry fruit is persistently black, the tannins worn, the finish an aromatic mix of tea, floral notes and spice that persist on the palate for several minutes. Tasting this wine is more of a privilege than anything else. If you missed its 40th anniversary it seems clear it will effortlessly make it to its 50th in 2027.Tasted: 28 March 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
Producer: Taylor Fladgate PartnershipDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Touriga Nacional - Touriga Franca - Tinta Roriz - Tinta BarrocaCSPC: 433409UPC: 05013626113141