Taylor's Port: More feminine, oak, nuts. This is the first in the line-up that feels settled. Deeper exotic fruit underneath the perfume, quite a lot of oak but it doesn’t detract. Settled and balanced on the palate, fine fruit, good acidity, but there’s still an edge to it, needs more time. 94++
still tons of berries showing. The tannins have largely faded. After 24hrs in decanter was at its best and I can see why rated so highly. Still far too young for me to fully enjoy. Fear it may be another 15+ years...
Considerably less developed when poured for the piano tuner Gene Rolfe (who brought over some nice cheeses, including Stilton and Roquefort). It seems that these bottles are bifurcating--some quite overtly grippy and alcholoic, big and with ripe, dryish fruitiness, and others more delveloped, forward, sleek, and giving more immediate pleasure. It's hard not to conclude that the one is of lesser quality than the other. I believe it's not--just needs more time. Drink 2019-2040. Full retail $115/750; wholesale $76/750 ml. Refer to recent notes by this critic and others.
Bursting with bouquet and flavors. Dark, brooding color. Rich, intense deep fruits, earth, cassis, floral. Tannins still grippy, a slight amount of heat. Decanted 10 hours and softened considerably but still shows the signs of its youth through the tannins and intense forward fruits. This was a great port and dazzled our guests.
It is full of berries and a pleasure to drink. The tannins are there but balanced well w the fruit. Still comes across v young though not "thick" from all the fruit anymore. Can only imagine how wonderful it will be like in 30+ years time.
Le bouchon désèché par un trop long entreposage à la verticale en succursale s'est complètement désagrégé et est tombé en petits morceaux dans la bouteille à l'ouverture. Une fois filtré, on s'est rendu compte qu'il avait souffert et ne pouvait donner qu'un petit aperçu de ce qu'il aurait été. Dommage...
From a 375. Lots of sediment in the bottle. So dark it's almost black. Rich dark fruit and spice. Substantial tannins but not obtrusive. Not much sensation of alcohol either. Surprising approachable for a young Taylor. Very nice.
Beautiful with abundant fruit with great depth. No defects at all. Dark fruits and joy in the mouth. Drank it over several days and each episode was better than the last. We probably drank it too soon.
Dark crimson-purple, dense. Nose reticent at first but opened quite quickly to reveal deep bouquet of blackcurrants, violets, dark chocolate and lavender. Palate intense and deep flavors of blackfruits, chocolate and lavender again with a spine of beautiful fine spirit and tannin with touches of earth and mineral character that keeps on and on. This is a great Port. 96.
96 for estimated potential.cork on its way out..closed, barely fragrant,tannic. Tasted an ounce or so and decided to put it away for another 15 years, topped it off with an ounce of so of Cockburn 2000 and put in a newish cork. Will visit it again in 2028. Thinking it will shine. Talk to you again in a decade and a half.
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto 2000, bottled 2002, Bottled by Taylor, Fladgate, and Yeatman, Vinhos SA, VNde Gaia, Portugal; imported by Kobrand, New York, NY, purchased at Sams Club, Ann Arbor, MI. $85/750 ml (2003). 20.5 pavb.
EXTRACT of TN: Deeply purple with unresolved sediment and only the beginning of an edge clearing, a port more like a mixture of a great Taylor VP and a great Graham VP. Rich, much less dry than usual, with complex and exotic fruit in the nose, quite sweet, with nearly hidden alcohol, blended resins, somewhat tarry, and gentle-textured and juicy-fruity acids. Great, expressive length dominated by tobacco smoke and violets. Great high tones over the whole scale. One of the most intensely pleasurable Taylors of recent memory, but with a serious side that takes time in decanter to show. Now-2030, 97-98/100.
Cork long but beginning to lose flexibility and diameter; fairly tight but extracted in one piece. Deep purple cork bottom, rest clean, six-banded. Perhaps 10 ml liquid left after decanting; heavy, gloppy, sediment, with little crustiness at this time--lower tartrate than some other Tayor VPs?
Deep purple color in a Riedel Zin glass: 2 mm transparency with 1 mm dusky band, rest deeply opaque purple, has not yet fallen bright--considerable bittiness. Thick coating to glass with tears developing.
TN on opening and for 1st hour: Beginning harmonious complex of oyster broth, thyme/cassis, sweet dried plum, cherry, rich anise, smoky minerals, dried bitter flowers, a little vanilla, wood sap.
Rich, sweet, with pleasantly ripe and full tannins, energetic, with a fatty, saline fried potato note, throwing off cool fresh air impressions with only a hint of heat from underlying brandy. Considerable and impressive length, with 'violet' notes (more Graham-like) and fine secondhand cigar smoke.
After more air: Throws off additional scents of apple flowers and sweet, sailing light Cameroon-wrapper Habana smoke. Slightly bitter clove and umami notes undergird other taste sensations, with an unusually fine and delicate palate and finish.
At 12 hours, the nose is more integrated, everthing in place, with an umami-and-meadowgrass, minty old-vines style emerging like the chordal opening of a big Mahler symphony movement, across the entire audio spectrum, with great presence. Starting to show some more sap, but this is not an extremely long-term ager, but a more serious side is certainly emerging. A prototypical cigar port, I'd imagine.
This port was very difficult to assess when young and seemed very clumsy and clunky. A few years in the cellar shows what port experts saw in it ten years ago, but with even a few more surprises in style and quality. Really singing after only two hours of air. I might hesitate to cellar such a ripe, lush wine beyond the next 20 years. Drink now--2030. (98 pts.)
I should, however, note that after 2 days in decanter I could percieve that there is an iron fist emerging==showing that this one may have two or three, if not nine, lives, and may last longer than the above estimate.
Very tight and grippy especially on the first night, steadily improving for a week in the decanter. Rating-wise, mid to high 80s improving to maybe 90 by the last glass on day 6. Try again in 10 years.
Taylorís Port (Stockholm): Nose with dark berries, raisins, mineral with stone dust, spice, flowery notes with violets, very elegant with some development. Sweet palate, dark and red berries, quite intense, clearly spicy, obvious tannins but with good structure, the alcohol is very well imbedded. Rather young, but with some development. Comes across as a Vintage Port of very classical build, and time-wise I’m sure it has half its journey to the top still ahead of it.
Half-bottle. The cork crumbled into a thousand pieces. I decanted the wine for 7 1/2 hours before we poured the first glass. The Port was a little dusty on the nose, with dark fruits, plum, blueberry, blackberry, graphite, some chocolate and tobacco. On the palate the medium-sweet Port showed dark fruits, plum, chocolate, tobacco and some black tea, paired with moderate heat from the alcohol, strong tannins and phenomenal length. The finish lasted for minutes. The elegant and structured Port got rounder and rounder with more air and we finished the half-bottle in no time. Still so young and already so intriguing! This Taylor’s VP needs more time and should greatly reward further cellaring, But if you cant’s stand the temptation to open a bottle I would recommend decanting for at least nine hours. Compared to the Taylor’s Vintage Port 1997 I had about a week ago this 2000 was the tighter, more structured, more elegant and most certainly longer-lived Port, whereas the 1997 was the sweeter, more forward and more accessible wine of the two. 92+
On Easter Sunday, decanted six hours. Hard to know what to make of this. To my palate, a modern, designer wine; intended to be ready for drinking at a young age. Deep, limpid, intense, very sweet, rich and agreeable; alcoholic but the alcohol is well integrated, and the fruit fully masks the spirit. An abiding impression of chocolate and fruit drops -- as it happens, we had no chocolate after Easter lunch, but this would have married well with dark chocolate peppermints! I simply don't know whether it will make old bones, and if it does, what it will taste like after say 40 years. But it certainly will never resemble the great ports of the 25 post-war years in my view. Nice to have a case of this in the cellar, but to burgeon my dwindling stocks of 1963-1970, I shall snap up any cases of good port from the best years pre-1971 which may come on the market, if they are in good condition and have reasonable provenance.
DARK inky purple. Almost black. Took overnight to open up properly. Lots of fruit. Some tobacco, good tannic backbone. This is still just a baby. Hope I can wait till at least 2020 to pop another. This will be drinking beautifully for 50yrs+.
This wine is such a head fake. Wonderful nose, hits you hard with brilliant flavors that completely fill the mouth, then hardly any finish. The finish is one of a traditional Ruby Port I bought at a grocery store, nothing wrong, just dominated by watery notes.
(20.5%) Starts alive and fresh on the palate before brooding cassis emerge with the ripest blackberries you could imagine. A mineral driven graphite component emerges but this one is dense, full and concentrated. Chewy plums, tons of ripe tannins and just a touch hot on a finish with sweet tobacco notes that lasts for a small eternity.
Popped and poured and what a big disappointment. Hopefully there will be a marked improvement over the next few days. Thin watery notes dominated the wine, this must need to open and in a very dumb phase. Touches of stone, tight dark fruit, and a tinge of cigar. I will edit this note over the next couple of days but for now this is just a shadow of what I was expecting.
A little disappointing right out of the bottle, but opened up nicely after just a little time. Not as much a wow as recent ports like the '07 Dow and '07 Graham's, which I know are too young to drink, but there was more of a wow factor.
World of its own. Candied smells, blueberry raisin, maybe a hint of vanilla oak. I stopped timing the finish after 10 minutes. smell, taste, orgasm and repeat..Only a half bottle to my dismay. will be looking for some larger ones to store for 10.
Port is not for everyone. I gave a taste of this to two of my brothers and my mom and they all hated it: "too much alcohol!", "too sweet", "are you sure this has not gone bad?", etc. For me, though, this is a great port. Crammed with prunes, caramelized dates and other black fruits, this is a full bodied fruit bomb that is tremendously hedonistic and long. The only slight flaw is that alcohol shows through on ocasion.
El Oporto no es para todo el mundo. Le di a probar esto a mis dos hermanos y a mi mamá y todos lo odiaron: "demasiado alcohol!", "demasiado dulce", "estás seguro que no se avinagró?", etc. Para mí, sin embargo, este es un gran oporto. La nariz explota con ciruelas pasas, dátiles caramelizados y otras frutas negras. Esto es una bomba de frutas tremendamente hedonista y con un final larguísimo. Su único (pequeño) defecto es que el alcohol a veces se nota fuera de lugar. Una gran experiencia.
A round up of notes from november and december; 10/31/2009-1/2/2010: Very dark. Sweet and very deep nose of dark cherries, blackberries, raisins, smoke, cedre, clove, anis, cinnamon and orange peel. Very intense and concentrated, yet with good lift and a relatively light mouthfeel. Very young with sligtly bitter tannins and a long aftertaste. A sleeping monster...
The juice was opaque. The nose was filled with flowers, stone, burnt earth, chocolate, tobacco, and dark berries. The palate was not quite as striking as from a previous bottle. It lacked complexity and was a bit clumsy. It needed more focus, perhaps the wine is in an evolutionary period where it's just not showing it's best. It reminded me of a cheap ruby port, a bit whorish.
Okay, this was pretty damn good, but the price is high for the pleasure value. I liked it, it’s backwards, deep and dark, but it wasn’t haunting. It’s a definite 94-95 point wine. It’s very very good, but great? I don’t know, maybe in later years after it has a chance to settle.
will probably get better with age, but wonderful now as well. dark dark color. some raisin but not dominating. chocolate, cocoa, spice, plum, wood and more going on. little heavy on the acid right now, but it is young, of course. great way to end a dinner.
I have to agree with R P on this one. 98 is ezackaly what popped into my mind on the first sip of this monster! cold night, drove to our country house, wanted something yummy to drink to erase the 2 hour drive... a bit of a splurge but oh boy - revelation/realization - I dont drink good port often enufff! right outta the bottle - pours like unfrozen concentrated grape juice, super viscous, almost glass staining. hits you with blueberry and blackberry liqueur, there is a flinty graphite (i don't get any smoke) in a slightly tongue drying tannins/alcohol, almost as if there was a bit of fine powder in the texture. This came right out of my cellar so its at 55F, and just starting to open up. I cannot imagine what this will be like in 10 more years. This was my 13th bottle - always looked forward to trying the one not in the case, but surely made me happy I bought the case.
Provado às cegas para o GG06. Importado pela Portus Cale. Sobressaiu-se com facilidade na prova. Figo, muita fruta, fino, refinado, sedoso, final muito, muito longo. Impressionante. (A). Excepcional 93pts.
This is really a great wine! Very dark and purple. And very complex. Chocolate, loads of dark very ripe fruit, concentrated, clove, and much more…. Soft tannin. Beautiful! At this stage the not too long aftertaste is what keeps my score as it is now, but there are probably some points to gain.
Deep purple black, like a young claret. Rich primary sweet fruit backed by racy acidity and long fine tannins. Sweet and dry on the finish, with medicinal cough mixture and liquorice. Well balanced, delicious and muscular. One thing I have taken from this vertical is the pleasure of drinking young port, so rich in fruit and tannin. exc+
This wine was schizophrenic! It ranged from thick, fruity, with blueberry, stewed figs, very alcoholic to woody, closed, brutal and raw. The palate was ferociously tannic, superbly fruited (moderate in sweetness) underneath the wall of tannin, lifted by high acidity, long but at the moment marred by too obvious alcohol which made the whole seem harsh and stern. Judging by the components this wine has excellent potential, but it is not much fun drinking it now. Is it perhaps a little closed?
From 375mL. Opaque, inky black colour. Stains the glass. Aromas of black licorice, black plums, raspberry, alcohol, roasted almonds. Full-bodied, tannic, with alcohol, cinnamon, blackberries, cloves. Medium-sweet. Long finish, 50s, with black fruit. Surprisingly drinkable, but still very, very primary. Leave this in the cellar.
Hi-Time tasting - Wines you wish you got for Christmas (Hi-Time Wine Cellar): Dark purple/black in color. Nose of sweet, dark raisiny fruit. On the palate, alcohol initially overpowering, but seems to integrate in the mouth, as the fruit, alcohol and sweetness all mesh together to give the wine a long, powerful, and relatively balanced finish. Clearly too young, but glad to taste it in this format.
Only enjoyed a dozen or so fine ports, and this was excellent. From a 375, this was outstanding (though still tight and young) on opening night, and far better even two months after it had been opened.
Opaque black with purple rim. Clean nose, showing moderately intense blackberry, clove, vanilla and prune. Full-bodied on the palate, with massive well-integrated tannins and similar flavors as for the nose. Long, smooth finish.