Description and Reviews:
*** 17.5+/20 Wine Doctor ***
*** Decanter magazine: Silver (2001 vintage) ***
A delicious, single estate vintage port showing a deep purple colour and aromas of violets. Good conditions in 2001 led to a marvellously rich and ripe harvest. The palate is big and broad with black fruit flavours, hints of liquorice and stewed fruits. The finish is rich and long. A delicious wine with hard cheeses.
"There was a time when Taylor's release of Vargellas offered a chance to snap up a good value, maturing Port bargain; but in the last few years we seem to have skipped very quickly from the 1988 to the 1998 and now to the 2001 vintages. Despite this being a youthful wine, however, there is no problem with quality. The nose holds an obviously awkward, youthful power, but with some time in the decanter it does show a bright, charcoaly, dark fruit character. The palate is creamy and rich, and full of grip, flavour and substance. Although approachable now with time in the decanter, and in fact quite delicious, this is one Port which will do very well in the cellar, and is far and away my favourite in this tasting. From a tasting of Port for Winter. 17.5+/20 (November 2008) " Wine Doctor, 2008