At the end of the night, this was pulled on request, to pair with Cuban Cigars aged for 20 years. What a perfect combination. The wine sung with its pure black cherry liqueur, spice and chocolate character. Thick, rich, supple, long and warm, this was a treat. I'd drink Port more often if it did not require 60 years in a top vintage.
Surprisingly light in color. This is classic in many ways, nutty, sweet, powerful and deep, but yet comparing it in my mind to the memory of the 1945 Taylor, it comes up short. The 1945 is a great wine, and this was not - very good but not great. It lacked the breadth and complexity that one wants, and had too screechy a mid-palate, too much of an unpleasant bite. Perhaps the commentary is overly negative as this was very enjoyable, it just was not amazing. (Fh)
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(Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage) Bricking medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart baked cherry, black raspberry, berry jam, light caramel, cherry tobacco, smoky nose; tasty, poised, elegant, balanced, ripe cherry, raspberry jam, berry jam, honey palate with firm tannins; very long finish
(Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage) From magnum - light medium brown color with ruby lights and clear meniscus; VA, maple syrup, ginger cake, vanilla, dates nose, but drier than Graham, with lovely sandalwood edge; rich, sweet, ginger cake, maple syrup, sweet coffee, dates, brazil nut, almond palate, harmonious, with balance and depth; long finish 96+ pts. (this was poured as a mystery Port, and I guessed "Taylor, 1963 or earlier")
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