1985 Taylor

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1985 Taylor

Post by AHB » 22:15 Wed 07 Jan 2015

Deep red, 50% opaque. A little bit of jammy fruit on the nose. Lovely jammy fruit on entry but with a second wave of tannin and acidity that provides a perfect structure, yet it allows a particular floral element to shine through. A little hollow on the aftertaste but then a long and very fine finish of mature and chewy fruit. A great example of Taylor's power and refinement. 93/100.

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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by flash_uk » 22:07 Mon 12 Jan 2015

30% opacity, red. Sweet nose, strawberries. Gentle entry, smooth, builds to a tannic high, lovely sweetness, lip licking.

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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by LGTrotter » 02:01 Sun 18 Jan 2015

I come to bury Ceasar not to praise him...

I was most struck by how wizened it was, like that society which went from barbarism to decadence with no intervening period of civilisation it seems to have missed out entirely the plateau of maturity. This quality of being ravaged prematurely was most marked in the colour, it was the palest port on the table with vintages 15 years older. And the Pete Doherty collapse was enhanced by a reedy, querulous note to the palate, sharing a quality with those people you go and visit who always moan about how you never come to visit. Not to be compared to the Fonseca 85, even compared with the fairly vacuous Croft 85 it seemed elderly.

Loved it.

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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by djewesbury » 02:50 Sun 18 Jan 2015

A beautiful note which reminded of Michael Foot's words on David Steel, the fall of Carthage, the last days of the Thatcher government, the Pitcairn Island scandal, and my mother.
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by LGTrotter » 02:55 Sun 18 Jan 2015

djewesbury wrote:A beautiful note which reminded of Michael Foot's words on David Steel, the fall of Carthage, the last days of the Thatcher government, the Pitcairn Island scandal, and my mother.
So where's your note Mr Cleverclogs.

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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by djewesbury » 03:02 Sun 18 Jan 2015

My note says, in neat capital letters, "GREAT BABY OF A PORT". Exegete that.
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Morgan 1991
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by AW77 » 22:08 Sun 18 Jan 2015

My notes only say: eucalyptus in the nose, more full-bodied than the F85, better than the T85 we had at the tasting in September (when Glenn came over to London)
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