Fifty years is an undeniable milestone, and a special bottle is the quintessential way to mark the occasion. With the new release of Taylor Fladgate’s limited-edition 1970 Single Harvest Vintage Port ($300 SRP; 200 cases available), available beginning this month, connoisseurs can give a truly memorable gift that puts the passage of time in a delicious context.
Taylor Fladgate holds one of the most extensive reserves of very old cask-aged Port of any producer, which includes a collection of rare Single Harvest Ports. These are Ports from a single year that age to full maturity in seasoned oak casks, and Taylor Fladgate decided to make a limited release each year of a Single Harvest Port made 50 years previously; the 1970 Single Harvest is the seventh in the series.
According to Technical Director and Head Winemaker, David Guimaraens, “At the start of the harvest the grapes were in perfect condition and completely disease free. There were sunny days and cold nights that resulted in very deep colored musts that needed much work in the foot-treading tanks. Overall, there was a good quantity of Port made and great quality wines were produced.”
TAYLOR FLADGATE 1970 SINGLE HARVEST VINTAGE PORT
(20% ABV, 750ml, $300 SRP)
The Taylor Fladgate 1970 Single Harvest has a pale mahogany core surrounded by a broad pale gold rim with subtle olive highlights. Initially, the wine is lifted and ethereal but soon begins to unfurl layer after layer of multi-dimensional aroma. First to emerge are notes of sawn wood and cigar leaf, against a background of cedar, balsam, and citrus. These are followed by a warmer, mellow redolence of marzipan, walnut, and coffee, notes of sultana and plum and spicy hints of black pepper and cardamom. Finally, the nose opens up a discreet savory dimension, with hints of toast and wild herbs. On the palate, the wine has a smooth, velvety texture, with notes of coffee and butterscotch, and hints of walnut and candied orange peel. There is remarkable freshness from the current of lively acidity that runs through the palate into the extraordinary long finish. A wonderfully elegant, finely constituted and beautifully matured Port that delivers a surge of rich flavor with every sip.
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