The wine is inky black in color. The nose opens on intensely concentrated black fruit laced with raspberry and plum. Around this dense, fruity core are floral and herbal scents. Supported by a tight wrap of thick tannins, the palate explodes with concentrated, ripe black-fruit flavor. Most often served after a meal, alone, or with cheese, nuts, or dried fruits. It may also be served with fine dark chocolate. The wine should be decanted before serving due to sediment in the bottle.
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. Vargellas is produced at Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas. For over a century, Taylor Fladgate has owned the beautiful riverside estate of Vargellas, in the wildest, highest country of the Douro. In its century of Taylor Fladgate's ownership, Vargellas has become recognized as one of the great wine estates of the world. Taylor Fladgate is often described as the Rolls-Royce of the port-wine industry. Its ports represent more than three hundred years of tradition that began with the foundation of Taylor, Fladgate, & Yeatman in 1692.