(This was UK bottled by Lupton’s of Bradford and probably never had labels and has unmarked wax capsules, but the ‘Taylor 1963’ is on the corks. The bottles are scruffy but the levels are good for age.) L&S (Dec 2020)
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The 1963 Taylor's Vintage Port is lucid in colour, very well defined with wild strawberry, Clementine, leather and tobacco scents, one of the few to contain a floral element. The palate has a cashmere texture with wild strawberry, cherry and a touch of liquorice, leading to a dense and structured finish. Over several bottles encountered, the palate always seems to offer more than the aromatics. Tasted in the Factory House in Porto for "Taylor's - The Story of a Classic Port House" book. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2018)
Taylor, Fladgate and Yeatman is one of the oldest and largest port houses, and owns the renowned brands Fonseca, Fonseca-Guimaraens, Croft and Taylor. Based in Oporto and the Douro Valley, it is an independent company which is still family-owned and managed. Widely renowned for its vintage ports, which are blended from the finest wines from its three iconic 'quintas', Taylors is also credited with being the originator of the Late Bottled Vintage style of port.
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