1997 Taylor's - Vintage Port 750ml

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WA 96   IWC 95(+?)   RH 94+   WS 94   JR 18   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Saturated black/purple-colored, with stunning aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and iron, this spectacular vintage port is one of the stars of the vintage. Extremely full-bodied, with silky tannin, spectacular concentration and purity, multiple flavor levels, and an evolved, forward personality, this is an exquisite yet precocious 1997 vintage port.

Drink Dates: 2004-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

Saturated deep ruby. Great minerally aromas of black plum, black cherry, roasted meat and deep spices. Very sweet and very dense, with youthfully backward black fruit, mineral and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with wonderfully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence and grip. Has the verve most '97s lack. This may ultimately challenge the great '94. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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For The Love of Port | Rating: 94+

Opaque garnet color. Juicy, ripe, sweet and quite approachable initially that is, until the monstrous tannins attack and take over the palate. The 1997 is a "take no prisoners" Port which shows the depth of flavors and beautiful underlying structure of this wine. However, it is silky smooth early on, with a finish of cassis and black currant that’s remarkable. Drink now through 2045.

Author: Roy Hersh
Issue: Issue 32

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Beautiful. A young Port, with very pretty blackberry, violet and cherry character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very well done. 10,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Very dark purplish crimson. Unformed peppery nose. Extremely voluptuous, satiny fruit followed by lots of acidity and tannin ? just a baby but a very bonny baby indeed. Should provide great port drinking eventually. Violets, perfume, nice dry finish.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

Rating: 95
Author: barnbrew
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 03/23/2009
By Stephen Tanzer/nStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 00 /nRated: 95(¿)/nSaturated deep ruby. Great minerally aromas of black plum, black cherry, roasted meat and deep spices. Very sweet and very dense, with youthfully backward black fruit, mineral and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with wonderfully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence and grip. Has the verve most '97s lack. This may ultimately challenge the great '94. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)

Rating: 88
Author: Nehl Garrett
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 12/22/2011

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2549 bottles owned by 704 collectors.

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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.

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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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