1983 Taylor's

Showing some signs of maturity to the rim. The nose still seems to suggest restraint – though there is no denying the underlining richness. Typically for a 1983 this has a firm backbone, though fleshier fruit is overlaid. In the glass the wine is still remarkably assertive but with plenty of rich, broad spicy fruit to balance it out. There is no hurry to drink up – this example will run and run. Very fine and a vintage in our view underrated by the market.

Critic score
From a client
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  • Region & country
    Douro, Portugal
  • Grape
    Tempranillo/Aragonez/Tinta Roriz
    Tinta Amarela
    Tinta Barocca
    Tinto Cão
    Touriga Franca
    Touriga Nacional
  • Maturity
    Mature 2000 - 2020
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Vintage Port
1983 Taylor's


The 1983 Vintage Port is up for a status check. It is in a pretty good place now. It's been as hard as nails over the years. Not anymore. With softened tannins and a medley of old Port flavors on the finish, this is both sensual and delicious, with velvety texture and an irresistible finish. It doesn't have that hard edge any more, but it does wake up and become more intense with some air. At least from this bottle, it comes together rather promptly and drinks well. It's lacking just a bit of firmness, but its complex flavors and general demeanor make it rather sexy. The lingering finish seals the deal. It can keep going for quite some time--it is Port and they tend not to drop off the table if well stored--but this is a nice time to dive in.

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (December 2015)

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