Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2016
Powerful dark cherry and black fruit aromas. The floral and herbal notes that come through on the nose add lovely nuances to the bouquet. The palate shows great intense fruit flavors and fantastic depth and complexity. The wine is harmonious, well crafted, authoratative. Taylor's LBV is the perfect finish to any meal. Excellent with fully flavored cheeses, especially blue cheeses such as Stilton or Roquefort. It is also delicious with desserts made with chocolate or berry fruits.
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinto Cao, and Tinta Amarela. Bottled by Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers Vinhos, which is owned by The Taylor Fladgate Partnership. Taylor, Fladgate, & Yeatman (also part of the Taylor Fladgate Partnership) is often described as the Rolls-Royce of the porto industry. Its origins lie in the 1670s, with Job Bearsley, an English merchant in Minho. Bearsley's initial activities were in the wool trade and the "4XX" logo, originally his woolmark, was branded on bales of wool and later casks of port wine for shipment. The firm was officially founded in 1692, and Bearsley moved his offices to Oporto; this date places Taylor, Fladgate, & Yeatman as one of Oporto's oldest Port houses. Bearsley’s son Peter was the first Englishman, in the early 1700s, to venture into the primitive reaches of the Upper Douro to purchase wines. Another son, Bartholomew, acquired the first British-owned property (Lugar das Lages) in the Douro in 1744, becoming the first porto shipper to purchase vineyards in the Douro Valley. Located at Salgueiral (close to the old town of Regua) and including the 18th-century Casa dos Alambiques, it is still among Taylor Fladgate's operative holdings. Today, Taylor, Fladgate, & Yeatman is the first port firm to produce single-quinta vintage portos, known for inventing the late-bottled vintage category and still is the category's bearrer, and the only porto company that has remained 100% family run throughout its history.