Another of Jefford’s star wines, which is only to be expected from Taylor, known as the ‘First-growth’ of the port houses. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Very ripe on the nose, with raisin and dried flowers. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and chewy, Racy and rich. Still needs time, but you can drink and enjoy if you decant a few hours before. Best after 2011. Rating: 94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Sep 2011)
Very dark purplish crimson. Unformed peppery nose. Extremely voluptuous, satiny fruit followed by lots of acidity and tannin – just a baby but a very bonny baby indeed. Should provide great port drinking eventually. Violets, perfume, nice dry finish. 2010-2025 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2011)
Saturated black/purple-colored, with stunning aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and iron, this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage. Extremely full-bodied, with silky tannin, spectacular concentration and purity, multiple flavor levels, and an evolved, forward personality, this is an exquisite yet precocious 1997 vintage port. 2004-2030. Rating: 96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Sep 2011)
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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