2016 Taylor's

Super fresh, herbal aromas with mint and touch of garrigue. Pure and fresh obvious fruit, plum, raspberry, cassis. Then the less obvious notes, crushed black pepper, liquorice and a hint of tar. On the palate there is a rush, a powerful hit of tightly wound spice which unfurls in layers. For me, a tell tale sign of the 2016 vintage. It’s hot, black pepper spice, interwoven with mint. Cool and fresh, a perfect balance: cool primary pure fruit drives through. Harmonious.

Critic score
18/20
Pricing
Half
En primeur
In stock
£31.73

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Portugal
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Sweet
  • Style
    Fortified
  • Unit Volume
    Half (37.5cl.)
  • Classification
    Vintage Port
2016 Taylor's

TASTING NOTES

Dark crimson but without the blueish purple of the Grahams. Tight, refined nose – rather claret-like. Not as obviously sweet as some. Restrained aromatically: backward with sharp, linear blackcurrant and violet notes. This tastes like a somewhat shouty, scratchy baby at the moment – which is no criticism of a wine designed to age as long as a vintage port. But then there are masses of sweet fruit with liquorice surrounded in a scratchy skein of tannins and acidity.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2018)
18/20