Taylor's Vintage Port is one of the best iconic wines in the world. Made only in the best years - known as 'declared' vintages -, Vintage Ports are mixed with the best products from the company's own properties, Quinta de Vargellas, Quinta de Terra Feita and, more recently, Quinta do Junco. After each harvest, the tasting panel selects the best Port wines from the three properties and then ages for two winters in oak vats. In the second spring, they are tried again. If they are considered of exceptional quality, the Port wines from the three properties are mixed, Vargellas bringing structure, elegance and complexity to the wine and the body of Terra Feita and Junco, depth and powerful and concentrated fruits. At this stage, it must be decided whether a Vintage Port should be 'declared'. For a statement to be made, the mixture of Vintage Port must be of excellent quality: austere in its youth, with tremendous depth of flavor and massive structure, capable of evolving over years or decades until the quintessence of a great Port, a Taylor's Vintage mature. Historically, Taylor's has declared only about three Vintage years per decade. Taylor Vintage Ports are known for their massive structure and aromatic power, tempered by a characteristic euphemism and restraint. The best Port wines for collectors, Vintage Ports ages for decades in the cellar, slowly developing the elegance and harmony, which are the hallmarks of Taylor's mature Vintage Port.
Opaque black in the center with a narrow purple border. No compromises in Taylor's style, elegant and precise. The nose is threaded with very fine and linear fruits, intoxicating and complex, but contained by a graphite minerality. Quinta da Vargellas printed its exclusive violet fragrance, which hangs over the wine like a perfumed veil, and there are discreet terroir notes of citrus, wild herbs and gumcistus. The nose is still reserved, but there is an impressive depth and depth, as well as suggestions of complexities that still emerge over time. The palate is kept in place by fine and muscular tannins, firm and adherent at the end, and ends with a powerful wave of fresh and pure fruit.
Store and serve advice:
Store the bottle horizontally in a dark place with a constant temperature, ideally between 12ºC and 15ºC.
Pairing with food:
Old ports are drinks after meals. Take them with cheese like Stilton or Gorgonzola. But you can also incorporate them into a meal, combining, for example, a Steak au Poivre with a young Vintage.
Reviews and awards:
. Robert Parker 100 points;
. 19.5 points Vinho Grandes Escolhas;
. 18.5 points Revista de Vinhos.