1948 Taylor

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Forum rules
Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Post Reply
User avatar
Alex Bridgeman
Constantino 1927
Posts: 13981
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

1948 Taylor

Post by Alex Bridgeman »

A Bordeaux bottle which had been rewaxed prior to purchase. No indication of shipper or vintage on the bottle. Careful opening of the bottle, peeling back the wax, revealed the bottle had been rewaxed over the top of a red foil. The top of the foil was embossed ""Taylor 1948 Port"". The branded cork confirmed the identity of the wine. There was no indication of who the shipper might have been.

A lovely deep red-chestnut colour, a polished conker. The nose is immensely complex, Rich and spiced, with mace and nutmeg over dried red fruit - complex and so inviting. On the palate, the wine delivers all that was promised by the nose. The balance is superb, dried citrus zest combines with dried cherry, a little honey, generous spice and a superb touch of acidity. The palate is stunning; complex and so demanding of attention - or perhaps not attention but just to be admired and wondered at. The awe and wonder continues after the wine slides down towards the stomach. The warmth spreads languidly through the body; the red cherry conserve and orange blossom honey dance in and out of range, teasing the red liquorice and aniseed that nature gave to compliment the fruit and spice. The finish goes on for so long! Certainly long enough to write a tasting note, which is usually over five minutes.

Taylor 1948 can be one of the greatest Vintage Ports ever drunk. This bottle ranks in that elite category; a wine like this makes a person so grateful to appreciate and be able to occasionally drink such wonderful grape juice. 98/100. Drunk 29-Sep-22. Decanted 2 hours.
Top Ports in 2021: Niepoort Garrafeira 1931; Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Cockburn 1969 Single Harvest Tawny

Top Port in 2022 so far: the most stunning bottle of Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port.
Post Reply