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2011 Taylor-Fladgate

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Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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RATINGS

19.5Jancis Robinson

This is restrained. Well mannered, discreet... the palate opens out in the most superb, Burgundian peacock's tail sort of way. Another wonderful wine... Upright and straight backed. But irreproachable... Dried prunes ground up with rocks.

97Wine Spectator

Powerful, featuring concentrated dark plum & spicy cherry flavors that are finely balanced, showing notes of raspberry preserves... mocha & wild herb... powerful tannins. The finish offers intense grip and violet hints.

96-98The Wine Advocate

...a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals & Dorset plum... seriousness, magnitude, outstanding...

96+ Vinous / IWC

Knockout nose of smoky dark fruits, exotic flowers, spices, dried lavender, minerals & balsamic nuance. Hugely concentrated, dense... penetrating minerality giving finesse & precision... Extremely fine-grained, classy with fresh acidity...

96James Suckling

Very pretty pure fruit on the nose: crushed berries & minerals with a licorice & graphite undertone. Full body, medium sweet with chewy tannins that are polished & firm. This shows balance & harmony, but remains powerful, muscular & toned.

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.