The Ports of Taylor Fladgate – Wednesday January 25th

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Well, winter is truly upon us and what better antidote than a Port tasting?  Port lovers are very familiar with the wines of Taylor Fladgate.  This port-only house has produced high-quality port wines since 1692.  Our tasting focuses on the house.  The core of the tasting includes 4 wines from the outstanding 1994 vintage: vintage from both 750 ML and from Magnum formats (the latter giving more gradual development) and 2 1994 Late Bottled Vintage ports bottled in different years – it will be fun to figure out which is which in our semi-blind tastting.  Julia Harding MW on Purple Pages  had this to say about the Taylor 1994 Vintage Port:  “Deep garnet, not as dark as the Graham’s. Sweet, more red fruit, spicy damson, spirit still evident. Then some savoury leather. Generous but so fluid, lots of spice. Silky tannins, much less power and darkness than on the Graham’s. Ready earlier? More elegant but perhaps overall less impressive. (JH)  18 pts* – Drink 2015-2035.”

If you consider 30 years of aging to be insufficient then don’t worry as we have covered that base with the vintage 1970 and another harvested in 1987 from the highly regarded single vineyard Quinta de Vargellas. This is single vineyard bottling  is only made in years where the house does not declare a vintage (other than 1970 when they did due to the impending loss of part of the vineyard from a project to dam the Duoro).  Jancis Robinson wrote this in 2016: “Dark blackish ruby. Big, broad, blustering and bold. Sweet and beefy – everyone’s favourite rugby player? This was served blind and I took it for a Fonseca.  David Guimaraens thought that the spirit then used was responsible for this character (he came back to Portugal from Australia in 1990).   17.5 pts*, drink – 2002-2020″

Looking for something fresher? How about Taylor vintage ports from 2000 and 2007?  The 2007 is in 375 ml bottles, which possible accelerates development compared to 750 ml.    A full list of the wines is below.

The evening will begin with a taste of Bubbles and short reception period when you can catch up with fellow members.  The kitchen will also serve appetizers, cheese and chocolate to complement these stunning and rare wines.

The event will take place in the Great Hall of St Paul’s Church, Bloor St E.  This magnificent hall is where we recently had our very successful Holiday Party.

Sign up now to reserve your place at this outsanding event.

* Jancis Robinson Ratings:
18 pts = “a cut above superior”
17 pts = “superior”

List of wines

1994 Vintage Port – Taylor’s
1994 Vintage Port – Taylor Fladgate , 1500 ml
1994 LBV Port (bottled 2000) – Taylor’s
1994 LBV Port (bottled 1999) – Taylor’s
1970 Vintage Port – Taylor’s (Morgan Furze, London)
1987 Vintage Port, Quinta da Vargellas – Taylor’s
2000 Vintage Port – Taylor Fladgate
2007 Vintage Port – Taylor Fladgate , 375 ml

Date, Location & Sign Up

Date:          Wed Jan 25
Time:          6:30 pm – Registration & Reception,   6:45 – Event start
Cost:           $125 members;   $175 non-members,  HST Included
Location:    St. Paul’s Church 227 Bloor St E
Sign-up: here

Please do not drink and drive.