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Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port 1965 (750ML)

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95 WA / 95 WS  / 94 JS

Taylor’s holds one of the most extensive reserves of very old cask aged Port of any producer. They include a collection of rare Single Harvest Ports. These are Ports from a single year which age to full maturity in seasoned oak casks and display the year of harvest on the label. Taylor’s has decided to make a limited release, each year, of a Single Harvest Port made 50 years previously. - Taylor Fladgate

The 1965 Very Old Single Harvest Port, that is, a Coheita, single vintage tawny, is part of Taylor’s continuing series of releases of old Colheitas. A field blend of typical grapes, it comes in at 157 grams per liter of residual sugar. In the overall context of amazing old Colheitas, it may not take 1st prize, but it will strike anyone who loves them as pretty fine. Get ready for those aromatics that are powerful from several feet away. Irresistible on opening, it has an up-front rush of sugar, concentrated aromatics and remarkable concentration of flavor on the finish. Laced with classic old tawny nuances, including a bit of molasses and treacle, it ends with a dark, burnished feel. The mid-palate depth is just average. There are some whiffs of brandy that are sometimes rather too obvious here and there, but not often. Overall, it is bright and lively, with its good acidity cutting through the sugar and concentrated flavors. The two balance each other well. Some tawnies are caressing and sensual; some are rich and lush; some lean more to bite and focus. This is in the latter category, but the price of admission here is that concentration of mature, old tawny Port flavors. The acidity and the sugar lace those flavors into the palate. It emphasizes treacle more as time goes on. It’s pretty fine.” -Mark Squires, Wine Advocate

"Vibrant and zesty, with an engaging minerality and flavors of dried apricot, butterscotch, almond and spice. Still fresh despite the age, this features a finish that zings with notes of dried citrus peel and juniper berry. Drink now. 120 cases imported." -Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator

"Beautiful transparent color of amber and gold. Aromas of honey, toffee, caramel and dried fruits remain subtle yet decadent. Full-bodied and very sweet with so much honey, almond, salted-peanut and white-pepper flavor. Lasts for minutes on the palate. A wonderful old dated tawny." -James Suckling

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