Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2013
Designation Smart Buys. Plush and warm in feel, with melted black licorice, fruitcake and ganache notes holding sway over the fleshy core of plum and blackberry confiture flavors. A singed alder hint through the finish gives this a pleasant hint of rusticity. Best from 2019 through 2025. 125,000 cases made.
The 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Port was filtered and bottled in 2018 with a bar-top cork and 95 grams of sugar. This has a plum-and-chocolate fruit nuance supported by moderate tannins that give it some distinction to go with the tasty fruit. This is a pretty fine example of the style. These can hold in the bottle, but that's not the point here. They are not expected to develop, and they should be drunk relatively young.
The style of this LBV changes little. It is always a fruity, ready-to-drink Port, rich in black fruits and juicy acidity. It is perfumed, ripe, warming and lightly structured. It is ready to drink.