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Taylor's Vintage Port 2016

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OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor’s I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025..- James Suckling *(100 points)*In 2016 Taylor’s began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhao Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost ”arching” structure one always seeks in a great Taylor’s with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port. Production is 6,200 cases.. Vinous *(97 Points)*The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. The Croft might be as rich-although I don’t think so; we’ll see as they age-but this is more expressive right now. The most delicious of the three Fladgate Group offerings, this has the sexiest fruit, although the Fonseca seems to have more pure power. Even allowing that it had a fair bit of air, this was showing surprisingly well for young Taylor’s. That is speaking relatively, of course, because this still has power and energy. Personally, this year I’d definitely pick Fonseca, though. Fonseca just seems to have a little more upside potential. With Port, of course, things change over the decades. This is a first look, not a final word..-Wine Advocate *(94-96 Points)*

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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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Vintage: 1992 12/18/2017

What Robert said, it is luscious!!! it's all I can do not to open the last two bottles.....


External Reviews for Taylor's Vintage Port

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Vintage: 1985 08/21/2007

Very light rhubarb color with a pink rim. This could have used some time in a decanter to deliver more color/body/complexity. Smoky and spicy cinnamon scents lead to a thin and sweet frame of strawberry flavors that are light-bodied, elegant and balanced. Not what I’d expect from a Taylor or a top notch ’85, this was more reminiscent of a 1975 VP experience. Again, decanting may have made a difference. The finish was a bit short too.


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Vintage: 1963 07/16/2007

Medium ruby color with a tawny rim. It showed Eucalyptus, violets, a mint streak, and minerals on the complex nose. It delivers gorgeous plum flavors, full-bodied mouth feel and is mostly smooth texturally, with some alcohol poking through, especially on the finish. A long aftertaste marred slightly by the spirit, with mild tannins still present and overall this Taylor is a very harmonious bottling. Always a delight to try bottles of this exemplary VP.


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Vintage: 1963 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 1963 is quite fabulous yet still seemingly capable of developing for another decade or more.



OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor’s I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025..- James Suckling *(100 points)*In 2016 Taylor’s began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhao Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost ”arching” structure one always seeks in a great Taylor’s with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port. Production is 6,200 cases.. Vinous *(97 Points)*The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. The Croft might be as rich-although I don’t think so; we’ll see as they age-but this is more expressive right now. The most delicious of the three Fladgate Group offerings, this has the sexiest fruit, although the Fonseca seems to have more pure power. Even allowing that it had a fair bit of air, this was showing surprisingly well for young Taylor’s. That is speaking relatively, of course, because this still has power and energy. Personally, this year I’d definitely pick Fonseca, though. Fonseca just seems to have a little more upside potential. With Port, of course, things change over the decades. This is a first look, not a final word..-Wine Advocate *(94-96 Points)*

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