Three declared Vintage Ports since the new millenium from the Taylor Consortium - the 2003 and 2007 Taylor Fladgate, and an autographed (by winemaker David Guimaraens) bottle of the 2000 Fonseca Vintage port all beautifully packaged in a wooden case. All three are future legends and deserve to be in any port afficionado's cellar.
2000 Fonseca Vintage Port - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (95 points): Dense ruby/purple-colored, with an exotic, exuberant perfume of black fruits, flowers, incense, and licorice, this unctuously-textured, full-bodied port is one of the most concentrated of the vintage. Sweet, expansive, and succulent, this large-scaled, but remarkably well-balanced effort is surprisingly forward and accessible (by Fonseca's standards). Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025.
2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (98 points): The 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port improved each time I raised it to my nose or mouth. It displays a black color and a salty, graphite-laced nose packed with sweet black fruits that is reminiscent of a stellar vintage of Chateau Latour. With air, notes of molasses, burnt sugar, spices, and jammy plums emanate from the glass. Full-bodied, hugely dense, immensely rich, as well as thick, this behemoth is also amazingly balanced and harmonious. Raisins, molasses, licorice, black cherries, plums, and a distinctive note of violets are found in its complex, seamless character. Its interminable finish reveals additional notes of chocolate, kirsch, red as well as black currants, dark cherries, and rose blossoms. Armed with exceptional power, depth, and purity, this Taylor will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest ever crafted by the Fladgate Partnership. Projected maturity: 2035-2060.
2007 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port - James Suckling, Wine Spectator (96 points): This is a giant of a wine lurking behind fresh flowers and ripe fruit. Starts off in a friendly way, then takes hold of the palate, with intense blueberry and blackberry fruit and chewy yet fine tannins. Mouthpuckering, but impressively complex and long. Really kicks in on the finish. The best Taylor since 1994. Best after 2020.
donor: Paulette Scott, Pacific Wines & Spirits
final winning bid: $480