"A big and powerful young Port. Grapey, peppery, chewy '95 with lots of grip. Full- to medium-bodied, medium sweet, with a long, tannic, ripe fruit aftertaste. Best after 2006. 90 pts. - WS"
"93 Pts. WA. A sweet style of aged tawny, it has rich caramel flavors that combine with sultanas and almonds to give a ripe and generous wine. It has kept plenty of fresh fruitiness while moving towards wood aging."
"92 Pts. WS. Roasted sesame seed notes pervade the languid flavors of dried apricot, cherry paste and butter cream. Intense toffee accents show on the supple finish, with hints of Bourbon vanilla. A bit of a throwback, but distinctively rich and complex."
"94 Points- Robert Parker. It is my opinion that Taylor's tawny ports are the best of their type. When tasted against other tawnys, they all exhibit more aromatic personalities, greater fruit and ripeness, and a wonderful sweetness and length. The Ten Year Old Tawny is a personal favorite, as well as the best bargain among these ports"
"90pts-WE A hugely rich, sweet wine, full of concentration and very ripe fruit flavors. This is the classic Fonseca style, all richness and depth of flavor. There's power here, but it is all clothed in acidity and great fruits."
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. Simply filling the mouth on first taste, this shows fine complexity for its age and it does everything else rather brilliantly. Succulent and inviting, it finishes with waves of concentrated flavors. The fruit remains lifted and and it has a bright, transparent feel. It is hard to resist, often seeming like a bit of an overachiever."
"Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto is mellow, with gentle berry and nut flavors converging on the palate. It is fresh, clean and straightforward, with a silky texture on the palate."
"95 Points- Wine Advocate. Big, weighty and mouth filling, this is an aromatic Tawny that finishes with acidity and tension. Gripping on the finish, its flavors become more interesting as long as it sits in the glass (or on your palate). Comparing to the Taylor 30, the 30 is a bit fleshier while this 40 is a bit more concentrated in flavor and aromatics. Perhaps some additional age also helped this 40 combat some of the aggression on the 30. It is still a fine experience and my favorite of the group. Drink between 58-62 degrees Fahrenheit."
"92-95 WA Blackberry, Seville orange marmelade, blueberries, and dried fig - complex and quite compelling. There is a real minerality within this bouquet that, returning after 30 minutes, offers alluring ocean spray scents rolling in off the sea. The palate is medium bodied with a velvety smooth opening that belies the fine, structured tannins underneath."
"95 Pts. WA. The 2007 Fonseca is maturing nicely, with a perfumed, high toned, rich bouquet of macerated black cherries, blueberry, creme de cassis and vanilla. The palate is very harmonious with plush dark cherry fruit, fresh fig, salted licorice and a supple, rounded, spicy finish that delivers wonderful purity and length."