Classic Vintage Porto 2016

Taylor Fladgate

Classic Vintage Porto 2016

Region: Portugal / Douro Valley Porto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca

Produced only in exceptional vintages worthy of a vintage Porto declaration, Taylor Fladgate Classic Vintage Porto comes from the finest estate vineyards: Quinta de Vargellas, celebrated as one of the top 100 vineyards in the world, Quinta de Terra Feita and Quinta de Junco. All grapes undergo the traditional foot treading method, ensuring their fullest expression. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. Following two years in wood, the wines are bottled unfiltered and will continue maturing for decades.

98 Points

internationalwinereport.com

2016 vintage
#23 / Top 100 Wines of 2018

Wine Spectator

2016 vintage
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harvest note

Spring was unusually wet, with heavy rain and relatively cool conditions throughout April and May. This restored ground water levels, depleted by the previous year’s drought, and created reserves for the hot summer that was to follow. However, the wet spring conditions also resulted in loss of fruit and a significant reduction in yields. It also delayed the start of the ripening cycle. From early July, hot dry conditions prevailed until well into September. In spite of the heat, maturation was even and gradual. Together with the late start to the cycle, this meant that, at the end of August, the crop was still far from ripe. Some rainfall in mid-September helped to round off the maturation. Producers that delayed picking until after the rains were rewarded with perfect harvesting conditions, with cool nights helping to extend fermentation times. The first grapes were picked at Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas on September 17th, with the Pinhão Valley estates the following week.

tasting note

Deep purple with a narrow magenta rim. Notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright fruit is a heady aura of herbs. Exotic notes of cedar wood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity. Sinewy, linear tannins that integrate seamlessly into the mid palate and re-emerge to hold the wine in a confident grip. Energized by a racy acidity, the intense berry flavors continue to build into the long finish.

food pairing

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.

technical data

GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
APPELLATION: Douro
PH: 3.70
ACIDITY: 3.99
ABV: 20%
AGING: Aged for 2 years in large, conditioned French oak vats before bottling. Will continue to age in bottle for decades.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 102 g/l

points of distinction

  • Taylor's Classic Vintage is one of the most collectible, ageworthy wines in the world
  • Characteristically elegant and poised, underpinned by superbly integrated tannins
  • Made with 100% foot-trodden grapes from our own properties
  • This wine will develop for decades in the bottle
  • about the grape +
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“Traditional foot treading provides a clear quality edge, providing just the right level of extraction. Our policy of co-fermenting the traditional grape varieties is also key to producing balanced and complex wines.”

– David Guimaraens, Winemaker

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