Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com, May 2009 - Score 97 Remarkably deep in colour, almost to the verge of being opaque. The nose is very well defined but much more introverted than Fonseca – aloof, stentorian, correct. The palate is full-bodied, beautifully defined, great weight that is channelled in one direction. Brilliant focus here, less extrovert than Fonseca of course but more refined and sophisticated. Certainly this is a Taylors for long-term ageing, one can feel it reserving its energy for 20-years down the line. Great backbone here. Very harmonious towards the finish that really caresses the palate, with a hint of white pepper lingering in the mouth. Wonderful. James Suckling, Wine Spectator, May 2009 - Score 94-97 A classic baby Vintage Port nose of blackberry, currant and a little bit of green lemon leaf. Full-bodied and medium sweet. There's a solid core of ripe fruit and powerful tannins, with grip. The real deal. Michael Schuster, UK, May 2009 - Score18/18.5 Black purple; fine, closed combination of refined ripe fruit and subtle minerality; rich, concentrated, moderately muscular middleweight Taylor; lovely elegant, balance with a very refined tannin; sweet, close wrought wine, long in the mouth, ripe black cherry fruit and subtle minerally aromas; tenacious flavour, and with a long, fragrant finish which mirrors the gently mouthcoating character of the mid palate.
The persistent fine, dry tannin on the finish suggests, as usual, that this will need those 15-20 years bottle age. Characteristic poise, class, aromatic complexity and finesse from the Vargellas component. Typically refined and complex Taylor in a more restrained expression.Very fine. Richard Hemming, www.jancisrobinson.com, May 2009 – Score 18+ Violets, blossom, firm tannins and punchy acidity. Tight-knit core fruit, heady and rich with hints of pepper and wood spice on the very lengthy finish. 20%. Drink 2012-22 Drinkhacker.com, USA, 4th May 2009 – Score A- Solid, well behaved and balanced Majestic Wine, May 2009 – Score 19/20 Always an interesting counterpoint to the Fonseca, the Taylor 2007 is a powerful, brooding wine. The nose is dominated by dark plum, liquorice, fig and cocoa and the palate is remarkable for its power. The voluptuous, chocolatey, blackberry fruit is given musculature by velvety tannins and elegance by a streak of fresh acidity that runs throughout. Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages, June 2009 - 18+ Drink 2020-40 Serious stuff - just the merest hint of cheesiness but real complexity and almost rough tannins - hurly burly - at this stage. Very vibrant and positive with great length. This wine certainly doesn't follow any formula. Dry - yes, porty - finish. Grown up stuff. Sophisticated and a bit wild.
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