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1977 Taylor-Fladgate

Capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; label condition issue

ITEM 7977912 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Amount Total
$135
Item Sold Amount Date
I7992084 1 $155 Nov 7, 2021
I7993356 1 $135 Nov 7, 2021
I7982248 3 $135 Oct 24, 2021
I7982915 1 $135 Oct 24, 2021
I7977095 3 $135 Oct 17, 2021
I7962522 1 $140 Sep 26, 2021
I7954080 1 $140 Sep 19, 2021
I7946194 1 $140 Sep 12, 2021
I7934860 1 $140 Aug 29, 2021
I7925209 1 $140 Aug 22, 2021
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RATINGS

98Wine Spectator

There is an explosion of fruit and tannins...total harmony. Deep dark ruby, with blackberries and violets on the nose, full-bodied, with masses of blackberry flavors, full, hard tannins and a very long finish.

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

...a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port...

18.5+ Jancis Robinson

****Michael Broadbent

...lovely, warm, and luminous; fragrant bouquet; almost Graham-like sweetness and uncharacteristically soft texture...fairly powerful, forthcoming, firm, good finish.

PRODUCER

Taylor-Fladgate

Taylor Fladgate is one of the Douro Valley’s most venerable Port producers, having purchased real estate there in the late 17th century. By the early 18th century the company was known as Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman, still its corporate name, and today it remains owned by descendants of the founders. Many consider Taylor-Fladgate the king of Ports, and Robert M. Parker Jr. has called it “the Chateau Latour of Vintage Ports.” The producer has nearly 450 acres of vineyards planted in the traditional Port grapes of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cao, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Amarela and others. The average age of the vines is 40 years. About 20,000 cases of Vintage Port are produced each year. Taylor-Fladgate also now owns Fonseca, Croft and Delaforce.

REGION

Portugal

Portugal is best known for its two legendary fortified wines, Port and Madeira, but it also produces significant amounts of red and white table wine. In most years it ranks around the 10th or 11th largest wine producer in the world. In 2013, for instance, Portugal was the 11th largest producer just after Germany. Wine has always been produced in Portugal and in fact the country was the first to organize an appellation system, which it did in 1756, nearly 200 years before the French set up their appellations. The highest quality wines are labeled D.O.C. for Denominaçào de Origem Controlada. Many of the most innovative winemakers today, however, are avoiding the appellation system, which they deem too stifling for modern winemaking practices. The Douro Valley is the nation’s most important wine producing region, and it is the capital of Port production. The Portuguese island of Madeira, located 400 miles west of Morocco, is the nation’s other famous wine region, having produced Madeira for export for more than 400 years. Many red and white wine grapes grow in Portugal, though the best known is Touriga Nacional, the red grape used for Port and, increasingly, high quality table wines. Touriga Nacional produces dark, tannic, fruity wines.