Taylor`s 1992 Vintage Port is unquestionably the greatest young port I have ever tasted. It represents the essence of what vintage port can achieve. The color is an opaque black/purple, and the nose offers up fabulously intense aromas of minerals, cassis, blackberries, licorice, and spices, as well as extraordinary purity and penetration. Yet this is still an unformed and infantile wine. If Chateau Latour made a late-harvest Cabernet Sauvignon, I suspect it might smell like this. In the mouth, the wine is out of this world, displaying layer upon layer of concentrated black fruits backed by well-integrated tannin and structure. This is a massive, magnificently rich, full-bodied port that will be far more flattering in its youth than were such Taylors as the 1983, 1977, or 1970. It possesses awesome fruit, marvelous intensity, and lavish opulence, all brilliantly well-delineated by the wine`s formidable structure. This monumental 30-50 year port is a must purchase for port aficionados.! Also noteworthy is the fact that the 1992 Taylor commemorates the 300th anniversary of this firm, as evidenced by the special bottle Taylor used for this port.
“One of the oldest and consistently one of the best shippers… The style of their tremendous vintage wines, of unrivaled ripeness, depth, and every other dimension, is largely derived from their famous Quinta de Vargellas.” –Hugh Johnson’s Modern Encyclopedia of Wine
In 1692 when English wine merchant Job Bearsley arrived in Portugal to trade wine he never expected that he would be at the forefront of founding what would become one of the most important Port houses in the Douro River Valley. In 1744, with the assistance of his grandson Bartholomew, the company became the first British wine merchant to purchase property in the Douro. With a frequent change of ownership throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the house came to the final control of Joseph Taylor and John Fladgate, who gave the company its name.
Today, Taylor’s is regarded as one of the highest standards of Vintage Port. Unlike other producers in the region, which include a range of dry wines in their portfolios, Taylor’s only makes Port. The portfolio includes a series of a bottle- and wood- aged ports including Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage, Single-Harvest, Single-Estate, and White Port. The family still plays a leading role in all stages of production and dedicate themselves to releasing the upper echelon tier of Vintage Port.
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