Taylor Vintage Port Vertical (Los Angeles, California): Cheerful, young, cherry-garnet color. A slightly reductive nose at first, but quickly opening up to show ripe red fruits, light and bright, fresh and appealing. This is how this bottling shows when it shows well, pretty, fruity, a bit light and simple, a touch of heat, but quite irresistible. John Harvey of Bristol bottling, base neck, 4.5 hours in decanter.
Very pale rose color (tannins and pigments all have fallen out into the bottle's heavy sediment) Nose still quite good and with oomph. On palate still a surprising bit of tannin and bitterness left. Reasonably round, not very long finish. Overall this port did not impress me very much... (i am increasingly becoming a fan of high quality, aged sherries. I think there is more bang of the buck.
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(Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage) Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; dried cherry, chocolate, dried berry nose; tasty, dried cherry, baked cherry, berry palate, good for drinking now; long finish 94+ pts. (decanted for about 3 hours)