1985 Taylor

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Fonseca 1963
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1985 Taylor vintage port

Post by AHB » 08:38 Sat 10 Dec 2011

Light in colour, 30% opaque, looking evolved and mature. Very attractive nose, mature: full of leather and mature, rich fruit. Slightly dry entry, but sweet fruit and light dusty tannins provide a nice balance. Rich and attractive. Sweet fruit aftertaste and a nice Christmas cake finish of tremendous length. Drinking very nicely now. 91/100. Drunk 1 Dec 2011.

Part of the 2011 Berry Brother's Port Walkaround tasting that included Quinta de la Rosa White Port served with Fever Tree tonic and lemon, Berry's Crusted bottled 2004, Quinta de la Rosa 1997 colheita, Berry's William Pickering 20 year old tawny, 1997 Quinta de Roeda, 1997 Gould Campbell, 1997 Quarles Harris, 1997 Smith Woodhouse, 1997 Fonseca, 1997 Taylor, 1994 Vesuvio, 1994 Warre, 1994 Dow, 1994 Graham, 1985 Fonseca, 1985 Taylor, 1977 Dow, 1977 Smith Woodhouse (magnum), 1977 Taylor, 1970 Gould Campbell, 1970 Graham, 1963 Dow and 1963 Warre.
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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1985 Taylor vintage port

Post by RAYC » 12:33 Mon 12 Dec 2011

Very good, though not quite premier league - i prefer my port more generous. But yet more evidence for me that the T85 is undeserving of its bad reputation (although looking at retail prices still not a QPR barbain). Can't see that more time will improve this though. **** (90)
Rob C.

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