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Taylors Vintage Port 1977

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Taylors Wines Pty Ltd:
Situated in the heart of South Australia’s beautiful Clare Valley, Taylors has become one of Australia’s best loved and most trusted wineries. The tale of Taylors wine-making goes back a few years – three generations in fact, and all began with Bill Taylor Senior, and his love of a certain Bordeaux wine. Originally wine merchants in Sydney, a passion for wine was all part of being a Taylor, an... Read more
Situated in the heart of South Australia’s beautiful Clare Valley, Taylors has become one of Australia’s best loved and most trusted wineries. The tale of Taylors wine-making goes back a few years – three generations in fact, and all began with Bill Taylor Senior, and his love of a certain Bordeaux wine. Originally wine merchants in Sydney, a passion for wine was all part of being a Taylor, and in particular, for the famous French Clarets such as Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux’s Medoc region. It was this long held fascination for these wines which inspired the family’s foray into winemaking, and provides the inspiration and winemaking philosophy behind all Taylors winemaking today – to produce premium wines of exceptional and comparable quality in Australia. Bill Taylor Snr, together with his sons John and Bill set about sourcing an exceptional site to realise their dream and establish their vineyard, and in 1969 purchased a holding of 178 hectares by the Wakefield River in Auburn. The site was carefully chosen for its red brown loam over limestone soils (called ‘terra rossa’) and for the cool climate of the Clare Valley, known to be excellent for producing Cabernet Sauvignon. That year they planted their very first Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and never looked back… Indeed, Taylors took little time in proving that the dream wasn’t just pie in the sky – in 1973 they tentatively entered their inaugural vintage of Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon into the respected Royal Adelaide Wine Show – and were delighted to win the prestigious Montgomery Trophy for best red wine in the show! The family always knew there was something in the soil…and during the initial excavation of the vineyard dam, Bill and his sons were amazed to uncover the fossilised remains of tiny seahorses - confirmation that the area had in fact once been the bed of an ancient inland sea. The Taylors thought this to be a lucky omen and testimony that the ‘terra rossa’ soils were indeed fertile, and with thoughts firmly fixed on the successful future of Taylors Wines, the family adopted the three seahorses as the company insignia. Today those seahorses are found on Taylors wine labels all over the world. Read less

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02/11/2008

Five glasses


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External Review
07/16/2007

This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1977 has consistently been at the top of my list of vintage ports in this great vintage, although the Dow, Graham, and Fonseca are equally splendid. It is a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port of remarkable depth and power, but is should not be touched before 2000.


External Review
07/16/2007

From a typical bottle at least the ones I've seen over the years - corroding capsule, a slight leaker. Still, an outstanding fill level! This was from a bottle imported from the UK originally imported to Denmark and then purchased from Farr Vintners in the UK and looks better than the ones I bought here in the US 15 years ago from Hi-time Liquor. Decanted, and then tasted. Color - A clear dark ruby color. Not opaque as it was when it was young. An amazing nose - spice notes really come forward. A little spirity. On entry, the taste is very fruity, high toned... yes -- it's spirity here too. Nice finish, just a touch of heat. Decanted back into the bottle after washing and drying the bottle. Next day. Wow! HUGE difference! The spirity nose has gone away and the wine is stupendous! Just about everything I look for in a great vintage port - spice, friut, earth - everything. Really inviting. Every sniff brings out something new. On entry it very big and forward. The mouthfeel is thick and massive. This thing is full bodied and has a long, long finish with just a hint of tannins. It's really surprising how much it's changed in 24 hours. The wine looks almost like a Pinot in its color, but is just loaded with flavor. After about 3-4 days the wine starts to fade. It's still good, but not quite as good. So the conclusion --- this needs to be opened in advance and given time to breathe. It's just entering its plateau of maturity. A really satisfying Port. The corks on all the ones that I've opened are starting to die a slow death, so these will not last for 50 years in the cellar, but they will hand in there for at least 10 more years. I'll just have to keep my eye on them on a bottle by bottle basis. My experience is that many 1977 have problem corks weevil damage, poor quality corks. My UK bottles are better than the ones I bought in the US, so I'll be drinking the US purchased bottles up!



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