Perfectly Stored Vintage Port Steal: 1975 Taylor Fladgate

Posted by Ian McFadden

Perfectly Stored Vintage Port Steal
1975 Taylor Fladgate
Lowest Price in the Nation

"The Latour of Portugal" -Robert Parker

This is one of the things that we love: A perfectly stored wine, from a recent cellar purchase that's in a perfect place now and is really well-priced.

I wish it were otherwise, but cellar finds like this happen far too seldom. It's almost never that I'm able to offer something with almost 40 years of age at pricing that's right around the same as the current vintage.

This cellar landed a week or so ago and we've been pulling corks on random bottles and have been shocked at how well the most unlikely bottles have shown. For example, there was a '67 Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Spätlese from New York's Finger Lakes. The bottle showed incredible freshness. This speaks volumes about the storage.

Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports are known for being very structured. This is what makes the 1975 so exciting. It's in a truly beautiful place right now. To be honest, while writing this, I put two bottles aside for myself.

The '75 shows loud and clear why Port is a timelessly classic, noble wine. It delivers such elegance and complex, floral delicacy. There's a beautiful texture to the wine with smoky, vaguely mineral, undertones. The fine-ness and persistence on the finish are really compelling.

1975 is a vintage that's really blossomed. For years, it was massively over-shadowed by the heralded '70 and '77 vintages. Many felt that '75 was too light. Today, its virtues are becoming abundantly clear. While '70 and '77 remain structured and fairly massive, the '75 has aged into a beautiful wine with tons of lacy finesse.

I'm sure that the impeccable storage contributed to how well this parcel is showing - which makes this small parcel all the more precious. It's with mixed emotions that I offer this out. It's just too good not to share, but wines like this come up so seldom that I'll be sad to see it go.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits