NV Taylor First Estate

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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NV Taylor First Estate

Post by AHB » 15:46 Fri 15 Mar 2019

This represented a very interesting opportunity to compare and contrast the NV Croft Finest Reserve (and Triple Crown) against the Taylor First Estate. The Croft is sweet, rounded and full of lush fruit. The Taylor is much more structured and austere, with the fruit being steely and full of minerality rather than being sweet and lush.

Deep red, a touch of purple on the edge. A beautiful and expressive nose that is full of blackcurrants. Lovely balance on entry; mouthfilling. A delicious palate. There is a slight (and enjoyable) astringency to the fruit on the finish. A nice contrast to the softer and rounder style of the Croft Ruby Ports. 85 14-Mar-19.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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