1970 Taylor's - Vintage Port 750ml

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WS 98   RP 96   RH 95+   JR 18   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

Clearly lives up to Taylor's superb reputation. Deep ruby, with intense violet and chocolate aromas, full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit flavors, full but well-integrated tannins and an extremely long finish. Amazing balance and finesse. Still needs time.

Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Buying Guide - 2nd Edition (1989) | Rating: 96

This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1970 fabulous, a broodingly dense-colored, backward port that has all the signs of future greatness, provided one is willing to cellar it until the early 1990s.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: B4

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For The Love of Port | Rating: 95+

Taylor decanted this and we did not get to drinking it for 5 hours afterwards. This particular bottle was used for a youtube.com video demonstration I did on the use of Port tongs and what more appropriate bottling than this? Due to the short decant time, I saved about six ounces in an open decanter in my refrigerator overnight, to get one final impression on Memorial Day. A cherry red color with some bricking on the edge provides a glimpse into the nearly 40 year old Port. However, this drinks more like a 1983 VP in terms of age and there’s no reason to rush to drink these now, as it’s still on the upswing. Significant essence of a spirituous character, heavily leaning towards the red berry spectrum with strawberry and Kirsch dominating the nose, once past the alcohol, which did not decrease the second day although it added a gentle wave of caramel. Full, smooth and bold, the ’70 Taylor delivers lots of love with a round, unctuous palate pleasing swirl around my mouth. There is plenty to enjoy here with the early onset of secondary nuances which appear along with dark cherry flavors and licorice before a bit of heat hits the aftertaste. My wife agreed with one friend who said, "there’s a cool root beer finish." Drink anytime during the next two decades as this has plenty of upside potential.

Author: Roy Hersh
Issue: Issue 33

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Bricky garnet. Slighly darker fruit and some leather too, more savoury and slightly less freshness and not as lifted as the Graham’s. More raisin and Christmas cake sweetness and spice with a velvety texture. Luscious but still quite a bit of fimness. Full of fruit density still and tremendous length. (JH)

Drink Dates: 1990-2020
Author: Julia Harding MW

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: darvid
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/02/2011
Drink Dates:
Served before and with dessert courses. Slightly cloudy medium amber. Autumnal, mildly sweet, not figgy, now supported by acid rather than tannin. Mouthfeel remains moderately full without any heaviness, not even a sense of alcohol, let alone being fortified. Fading glory or "sunset phase" - like the '63 Graham's tasted on 2/5/11, and perhaps less substantial. But still lively enough, delicious and satisfying.

Rating: 98
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/06/2013
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Rating: 96
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/19/2013
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Rating: 95
Author: BryanH
Tasted On: 11/22/2009

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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About This Producer

The 300-year-old estate, home to some of world's finest Port, is located high up in the Duoro region of Oporto, Portugal. Relatives of the estate's original owners still control the vineyards today. Referred to as the "Latour of Port," Taylor's has been known for centuries as the premier shipper of superior Vintage Ports, Tawny Ports, and its signature Late Bottled Vintage Ports. Both the '92 and '94 vintages received 100 points from Wine Spectator, while the '94 also came in as the top wine of its year.

Wine Varietal: Port Blend

Port is a fortified wine produced in the Douro region of Portugal. To achieve a sweet, high alcohol final product, brandy is added to the fermenting juice, stopping fermentation while sugar is still present in the must. Although more than 80 different grape varieties are authorized in blending, only five make up the majority of Port produced, each adding a unique profile to the finished blend. "Port-style" wines are created the world over using a bevy of traditional and non-traditional varieties.

Touriga Nacional produces small, dark-skinned grapes with high tannins. These grapes give Port grip, body, and structure.

Touriga Francesca is thinner skinned, lighter in tannins than Touriga Nacional, and contributes fruit, aroma, suppleness and roundness.

Tinta Roriz (Portuguese name for Tempranillo) adds high sugar content, low acidity, color and fruit.

Tinta Barroca is known for producing wines of delicacy and finesse, with smooth velvety fruit. It brings sweetness and ripeness to the final blend.

Tinto Cao produces fine and complex wines. Unfortunately, its painfully small yields have reduced plantings to almost insignificant levels.

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