As in my previous note from 2013 this is a wonderful Port ! Perhaps somewhat more closed on this occasion but still with that cassis, lavender and dark chocolate character on both the nose and palate. Intense fruit and structure on the palate with fine but evident tannin backbone. Fine spirit finish. Very young but losing some of the primary lusciousness that was previously present.
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++
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