This set includes the following bottles, packaged in a ZYN wood gift box.
1 Bottle of Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2017, 750 ml
Opaque at the center with a narrow purple rim. The nose is threaded with fine, linear fruit, heady and complex but restrained by a graphite minerality. Signature fragrance of violets, which hangs like a scented veil over the wine with discreet terroir notes of citrus and wild herbs. The nose is reserved but there is impressive depth and background. The palate is held in place by lithe, muscular tannins, firm and grippy on the finish, and ends with a powerful surge of crisp, pure berry fruit. A beautifully delineated wine, with poise and definition and the tantalizing promise of pleasures still to come.
100 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend aged for approximately 20 months in wood. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. A step up (or two) on the 2016, this shows fine depth, more focus, vivid fruit and serious power. It's not particularly thick, austere or astringent, but this is built for the long haul. It is potentially a great Taylor's, effortlessly combining brilliant fruit and structure. It tastes great now (today, it is far more vivid than its Vinha Velha sibling), but the power makes this hard to drink today. So, have some patience. It will need some time, probably a lot more than indicated, and will likely last longer than indicated as well. As noted in the accompanying article, I don't see much point to impossibly long drinking windows. At some point, reevaluation is required.
1 Bottle of Fonseca Vintage Port 2017, 750 ml
A dense, opaque wine with classic Fonseca aromas and flavours, dense blackberry and blackcurrant, spice, coffee, cocoa, and prune. Thick, velvety tannins give the wine a voluptuous density on the palate. This wine will develop for decades in the bottle.
98 Points,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Sappy and sensational in flavour and fruit, moderate tannins around the edges on first taste, velvety texture and a long finish. The combination of great fruit and fine structure makes this a great Fonseca.
1 Bottle of Croft Vintage Port 2017, 750 ml
Dense inky core fading to a magenta rim. A seductive Croft nose, ripe and voluptuous but with the depth and density characteristic of the 2017 vintage.
97 Points, James Suckling - Blueberry, blackberry and dried violets on then nose that follow through to a full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavourful finish. This shows grip and some green, wet earth undertones on the finish. Stuctured. Try in 2026.