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1983 Taylor's - Vintage Port Port Blend - Portugal - Douro - Red

Portugal - Douro

Red Port Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
95
RH 88
JR 17
RP 94
WS 89
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2012 RP: 1995+
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JR 17
Source Jancis Robinson

Foxy red with some evolution. Putty and round and sweet on the nose. Beguiling and fresh but a little spindly. Definite dry finish but no excess of tannin. Already quite pretty.

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WS 89
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web

Taylor is always closed and tight when young and this is no exception. Deep ruby-purple, ripe raisin and violet aromas, full-bodied, with sweet raisin and grape flavors, a lovely balance of full tannins and an explosion of fruit on the finish.

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RH 88
Source For The Love of Port
Issue Issue 32

Medium dark strawberry color with pink edge. Scent of spice, cinnamon and pomegranate. Never one of my favorites, this 1983 is a solid bottle nonetheless and shows ripe red fruits with some primary plum and raspberry. Medium in weight, there is solid balance but it then heads towards a simple mid-palate, lacking the true exemplary depth of Taylor Vintage Ports. Drink now through 2018.

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RP 94
Source Buying Guide - 2nd Edition (1989)
Issue B4
Drink Dates 1995+

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 1983 is wonderfully aromatic and so perfumed (a characteristic of this charming vintage), yet powerful, long and deep on the palate.

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Author rcmeredith
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/08/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2012

Pale ruby. Developed, complex aromas of red and black fruit, earth, and spices. Fully mature, tannins barely perceptible, seemingly endless length. A great bottle of port.

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