I think the immediately prior notes all accurately capture aspects of this port. It is a privilege to be able to consume a bottle of anything that's nearly 40 years old, and this port wears its age gracefully. It's not great or profound, but pleasing nevertheless and having decanted it, I look forward to sharing it with extended family this Christmas day.
Its flavor and mouthfeel are reminiscent of a light 10- to 20-year tawny port, but still in keeping with a vintage port (berry and other nuances typical of a vintage port but not a tawny). While it shows a good degree of balance and finesse, it's structure has not totally softened and it is slightly hot (just barely), but it's hard to imagine this improving with additional bottle age as it doesn't have a lot of stuffing to it. Certainly not a powerful port. For my money, I think this is just fine now.
Taylor Vintage Port Vertical (Los Angeles, California): Garnet color. Interesting nose, soapy, showing exotic incense and balsamic notes. Similar exotic, spicy profile on the palate, also some red pepper. Nicely structured, a bit hot. Simple and linear, but I found this interesting. This should hold up another 10 years in the cellar, but I don't see it improving. 4.5 hours in decanter.
not from the best of vintages but a very enjoyable bottle of VP.Very pale colour but surprisjing freshness and intensity on nose. Figs and nuts. Medium weight on palate but good balance and finish. Still fresh and medium sweetness.
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(Taylor's Vintage Port) I drank a lot more Port as a student than I do now; unfortunately I didn't keep good notes back then, but the year doesn't ring any bells for me, so this is perhaps my first experience of this vintage. Today the wine has a good colour in the glass, still showing a healthy red pigment although with a strong tawny element and not with a huge depth or opacity. The nose is quite mature, a touch spirity, with some gentle, stony, gritty red fruits. On the palate there is an immediately apparent sweetness which persists through to the finish, with a good substance, backbone of spirit and certainly some punch. In all honesty I suppose it wears its structure rather plainly, showing its firm grip without the softening features of fruit or texture that we can find in greater wines. Nevertheless, this certainly has some quality and it is quite sufficient for provoking reflection on a cold December's evening between Christmas and New Year, although I don;t think I will be looking to add any more to the cellar.
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