1985 Taylor

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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RAYC
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by RAYC » 16:55 Tue 05 Apr 2011

Though clearly not on a par with the G85 and F85 in terms of voomph, this strikes me as an underappreciated port on these boards and has a perfectly respectable elegance to it.

Mind you, the "Taylor effect" means this is still not a cheap proposition if you are looking to buy in the secondary market today - good ex-cellars stock looks like it is £280ish per 1/2 case ib.
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JacobH
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by JacobH » 11:11 Thu 07 Apr 2011

Deep purple. Slight cherry colour on edge. Red currants on the nose. Cherries, too. In the mouth, good fruit which falls away quite quickly to a little astringency but is followed by a short but elegant after-taste. Much better than its reputation has it to be: a very nice Port.
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Chris Doty
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by Chris Doty » 14:45 Thu 07 Apr 2011

Others liked this a lot more than I did. Got some light varnish/VA on the nose, and a cloudy and unremarkable wine in the mouth, with a fairly short finish. While better than some of my prior experiences w/ the T85, this is still towards the middle/bottom end of the specturm to me as it relates to 85 port (behind Fonseca, Graham, Dow, Gould, Churchill, Smith Woodhouse, and so on).

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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by jdaw1 » 13:47 Fri 08 Apr 2011

JDAW’s T85. Red, fairly opaque (TCP lighting not allowing greater precision). Nosing of plum. To taste lots of tannin, plum fruit. A hint of acridity mid-palate, but otherwise excellent.

Correctly identified by RAYC, then DRT concurring with the identification. Other guesses (anonymised) were G80, G94, ?92, Mz92, TV87, Ni92.

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