2005 Taylor Terra Feita

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2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by DRT » 22:03 Thu 25 Sep 2008

Tasted at Quinta de Vargellas on Friday 19th Sep 08 with Frederick Blais.

Red fruits and slightly spirity on the nose. A little raw. Smooth cherry on the palate and quite approachable but then a very raw finish.
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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by AHB » 21:33 Wed 01 Oct 2008

So is this one to buy and cellar to allow the rawness to fade over time or is it one to avoid?
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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by DRT » 22:39 Fri 03 Oct 2008

I would wait 10 years, buy a bottle, and then decide. TQdTF is promoted as a young drinking wine. On this showing it didn't seem to be something I would be glugging in 7 years time. That may be because it has longer legs than other TQdTF's or it might not be a good one. My hunch is that it is the former.
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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by JacobH » 23:05 Fri 03 Oct 2008

I’ve always quite liked the Terra Feitas I’ve had, but it’s a shame that there doesn’t seem to be much of this on the market for a reasonable price. From a quick search, the 2005 seems to be more expensive than the 96 and 98 that’s currently out there…I think I might follow Derek’s advice an wait a while in the hope that prices will drop, before stocking up!
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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by DRT » 23:17 Fri 03 Oct 2008

One thing I would add is that 2005 is a vintage that almost all shippers will agree (in private) should have been declared. 2003 was too close and not selling out and 2007 (the "big 7") was looming.

If you ever have to take a 50/50 chance on a 2005 I would say take it. You probably can't go far wrong.

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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by JacobH » 23:24 Fri 03 Oct 2008

DRT wrote:One thing I would add is that 2005 is a vintage that almost all shippers will agree (in private) should have been declared. 2003 was too close and not selling out and 2007 (the "big 7") was looming.

If you ever have to take a 50/50 chance on a 2005 I would say take it. You probably can't go far wrong.

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That’s certainly fair enough; the going price from the few places which seem to stock this is about £25-£28, which seems a bit steep to me, but which may be more appealing for others (especially if discounts are available).
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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by Axel P » 12:36 Sat 04 Oct 2008

Although I might be crossing a line here, but the most succesful thing would be to buy Vargellas and Terra Feita and mix them equally before drinking.

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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by KillerB » 16:26 Sat 04 Oct 2008

Axel P wrote:Although I might be crossing a line here, but the most succesful thing would be to buy Vargellas and Terra Feita and mix them equally before drinking.

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This has been suggested before and I have offered my bot of TF 88 for mixing with somebody else's Vargellas 88. I suspect we will get a very fine Port.
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Re: 2005 Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Post by JacobH » 23:01 Sat 04 Oct 2008

KillerB wrote:
Axel P wrote:Although I might be crossing a line here, but the most succesful thing would be to buy Vargellas and Terra Feita and mix them equally before drinking.

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This has been suggested before and I have offered my bot of TF 88 for mixing with somebody else's Vargellas 88. I suspect we will get a very fine Port.
Of course such a tasting would have to be done blind! :) (And to try the mixture and normal bottles against a conventional bottle of Taylor VP from a similar year). Perhaps some sort of Taylor/Taylor SQVP vertical might be in order?
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