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Taylor Fladgate First Estate Reserve Port, Portugal

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Average Price $20 (USD)
(Approx, ex-tax, all vintages)

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Grape Variety: Port Blend Red

Red Port is blended together using a number of grape varieties. The precise identity of these, and the proportion each represents in the final blend, may not be known even to the winemaker. For some growers in the Douro region of Portugal, the ambiguity over what is in their fortified wines is not an attempt to protect some proprietary secret, but rather a matter of reality: they simply don’t know for sure what they have growing in their vineyards.

Because Portugal's wine industry has adopted regulation and legally enforced controls in the past few decades, tradition still has a strong influence on how wines are made and vineyards are managed. Tradition, here, means co-planted varieties and field blends (wines made from whatever combination of varieties happens to occur in the source vineyard). So, while the ... more

Region Hierarchy
  • Reserve Ruby Port wine region

    Reserve Ruby Port, is a step up in quality from standard Ruby Port, exhibiting deeper color and greater aromatic complexity. The style is often informally referred to as called 'Premium Ruby', and was once known as 'vintage character' Port in English-speaking countries. The latter term was banned in 2002 by the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP), as it implied a connection with the much more expensive Vintage Port.

    The term 'Ruby' is neither officially nor legally regulated, but it has come to denote a youthful, powerful and fruit-forward style of Port. The red-berry fruit aromas which characterize the style match the bright red color which gave rise to the name 'ruby'. Unlike Vintage Port, most Ruby Port is a blend of younger wines from multiple vintages.

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  • Oporto wine region

    Oporto (Porto), Portugal’s second-largest city, is the spiritual home of Port wine. Located in northern Portugal, Oporto marks the point at which the Duoro river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Oporto has been of great historical importance to the European wine trade since the Anglo-Franco trade wars of the 17th century. During that time the London market developed a taste for the dark, 'blackstrap' wines that were shipped out of the city. The old Oporto city center is a ... more

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