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Taylor Fladgate Port Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha 2009 (750ML)
"96 Points, The Wine Advocate: ""The 2009 Vinha Velha has wonderful intensity on the nose, although it is a little more aloof than the Taylor's, almost like a Bordeaux in the sense of holding back. It opens ajar with continued aeration, offering scents of black currant, blueberry and licorice, but the scents are controlled and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety smooth opening. This is plush and sweet with a touch of viscosity that lacquers the mouth. Just when you think it could become overpowering, it pulls back on the finish, which is wonderfully poised and pure, real minerality beginning to show through after 30 minutes in the glass. It needs another decade in bottle, but it patently has great potential."" 6/2013"
"94+ Points, Neil Martin's Wine Journal WA: ""The Taylor Vargellas Vinha Velha 2009 has a more introverted than Taylor's Vintage, an earthy bouquet with touches of orange essence developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good backbone, quite reserved and composed at the moment. This is not a flamboyant Vinha Velha, but there is a very attractive, slightly biscuity quality towards the finish. Superb."" 05/11"
"97 Points, Wine Enthusiast:""The legendary Vargellas Vinha Velha comes from the oldest vines of Quinta de Vargellas. This 2009 vintage is concentrated and impressive, its beautiful ripe fruits and dark chocolate backed by an immense structure. The gentler side of the wine comes through in its perfumed character. A wine that deserves many years of aging."" 04/12"