Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010
There are lots of peppery notes to this juicy, open-textured style. Dark plum and cherry notes lead to plenty of midpalate minerality. Dark chocolate and cream accents linger on the rich, well-sculpted finish. Drink now.
Cellar Selection. This is a beautifully perfumed wine, with just the right dense texture of tannins and depth. A balance of fruit, tannins and acidity make this quite attractive. Drink now for immediate pleasure or wait until 2017 for a more mature character.
The 2010 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a filtered Douro blend aged in large oak vats. The first bottlings of this 2010 took place at the end of 2014 as represented here, "with more to follow during the course of 2015," said the winery. This comes in with 106 grams per liter of residual sugar and was sourced from vines averaging 30-50 years of age. Soft and easy, this is a pleasing and very tasty LBV, but it is rather straightforward, with only modest concentration and structure. Some ripe tannins do emerge with aeration and it has enough wherewithal to drink well for five days, though. Its velvety texture may be its best feature, but then there is that scrumptious fruit and the delicious finish. Granting that it was not long in bottle when tasted, it did seem curiously reticent on opening, but it also improved over several days, a very good sign. If I had a quibble, while the fruit improved and became more expressive over several days, the alcohol became more noticeable as well. This is meant for early consumption, but if you happen to hold it, it won't fall off the cliff. It won't improve either. Enjoy it for its soft, sweet and easy fruit, flavor and texture.