Taylors - Quinta de Terra Feita 1999 - Port 75cl Bottle

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Taylors - Quinta de Terra Feita 1999
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Quinta de Terra Feita's vines have been supplying Taylor Fladgate with the highest quality grapes for over a hundred years.

This famous old estate is one of the most substantial properties in, what is considered by many, to be the finest wine producing area of the Upper Douro. The Quinta is situated on the western slopes of the Pinhao River Valley. With over 61 hectares under vine it produces 1,300 hectolitres of port wine.

The wines of Terra Feita are all produced in traditional granite lagares on the property. This ancient method still produces the best quality wine; the gentle action of the foot carefully extracts the maximum colour, fruit and tannins from the wine.

Terra Feita wines are powerful, richly perfumed wines, with enormous reserves of fruit. Together with those of Quinta de Vargellas, the wines of Terra Feita form the backbone of the legendary Taylor Fladgate declared vintage ports.

Small amounts of Quinta de Terra Feita have also been bottled, since the beginning of the century, as single quinta vintage ports when a general Taylor Fladgate declaration is not made.

Whilst normally kept for family consumption, small parcels of this single estate vintage are now being released on to the market.

Powerful and richly perfumed, with enormous reserves of fruit, these superb Pinhao Valley wines are now being discovered by a select group of connoisseurs of fine vintage port.



Category(s):     Port
Group(s):     Vintage Port
Producer: Taylors Port   -   www.taylor.pt
ABV:   15%
Brand:   Taylors Port
Country of Origin:   Portugal
Port Style:   Single Quinta Vintage
Region:   Douro
Vintage:   1999

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Taylor's is now over 300 years old. It remains a family firm, completely independent, owned still by relations of the original partners.
On the Atlantic coast at Oporto are the ancient lodges where Taylor's priceless ports slowly reach their glorious maturity. High up in the Douro Valley is Taylor Quinta de Vargellas, one of the world's truly great vineyards, comparable in quality to Chateau Latour. In between is the complex network of independent farmers, who have supplied Taylor's for generations, their press-houses and wine making establishments.
Taylor is accepted by most wine authorities to be the greatest of all port shippers, famous especially for its sublime and long-lived Vintage ports, which consistently fetch the highest prices at auction, and for old, distinguished Tawny ports. But Taylor's is also an innovative house, pioneering the successful Late Bottled Vintage style which has been copied by almost every other shipper.
The finest Port is produced from grapes grown on the steep and rocky slopes of the Upper Douro and its tributaries. Vines have been grown on these remote hillsides since pre-Roman times. In the 17th Century British traders, cut off from their supplies of Bordeaux by frequent wars with France, took a liking to the full-flavoured, robust wines of Portugal. Under the Methuen Treaty of 1703, England granted lower duties to Portuguese wines than to those of France and Germany, becoming for over a century the principal market for the wines of the Douro Valley. But these wines did not travel well, so the traders added brandy to fortify them against the rigours of their Atlantic sea voyage. Before long pure grape spirit was added during fermentation and Port, as we drink it today, was created.
Among the first of the early traders was Job Bearsley, who by 1692 was a Port shipper and partner in the firm which we know today as Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman. His 4XX (an old woolmark) is still cut into the walls of the Casa dos Alambiques, where Taylor Fladgate have made wine from 1744 to this day-apart from its short break as a field hospital for Wellington's troops. The 4XX mark still features on the company crest, and on every bottle.
Now in its fourth century, the company is still thriving, with wine quality remaining the firm's only consideration. Taylor's Port was, is, and will continue to be, one of the world's greatest wines.

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