2003 Taylor's Vintage Port
2003 Taylor's Vintage Port
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$199.00 (Buy 6 or More)
Taylor's is one of the oldest and most prestigious Port houses in the Douro Valley. Since its foundation in 1692, Taylor's has been dedicated to producing the finest Port. Proudly independent, Taylor's has over 300 years of shared experience and skill, passed down through the generations. For many, Taylor's is the archetypal Port house.
In 2005, at its release, Pierre Rovani from Wine Advocate awarded the 2003 Taylor's VP a whopping 98+ Points. Three years later, Robert Parker himself gave it the perfect score: 100 Points. Now, as a 16 year-old, with still so much cellaring time ahead of it, we have to wonder... How high can this thing go?
This is an exceptional VP from one of the best houses, with a lifespan that will see it easily to 2050 and beyond.
The Winter preceeding the 2003 harvest was very wet. Flowering took place in bright warm weather at the end of May in some of the best conditions seen for several years.
The first two weeks of August provided the intense Summer heat which often precedes a great Port Vintage. The picking season in September was warm, dry and the yields were even across all grape varieties, ensuring balance and complexity in the wines.
The 2003 Vintage Port is an absolute blockbuster, which according to Pierre Rovani from Parker's Wine Advocate, ‘will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest ever crafted by Taylor’s.’
Inky purple black with narrow magenta rim. Classic Taylor nose, with exotic scents of violet and gumcistus set against an impenetrable background of intense dark berry fruit. The 2003 Vintage Port shows a stylish and racy palate, displaying a tight fabric of sinewy tannins and packed with concentrated grapey flavours which intensify through the seemingly endless finish. Like many other great Taylor vintage this wine is an archetype of restrained power, its elegance and breeding concealing massive inner strength and stamina.
ROBERT PARKER - WINE ADVOCATE
The Chinese love to have both a sweet wine and a vintage port at the end of a meal, which is pretty much over-kill for me. However, I was blown away by the 2003 Taylors vintage port.
PIERRE ROVANI - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port improved each time I raised it to my nose or mouth. It displays a black colour and a salty, graphite-laced nose packed with sweet black fruits that is reminiscent of a stellar vintage of Chateau Latour. With air, notes of molasses, burnt sugar, spices, and jammy plums emanate from the glass. Full-bodied, hugely dense, immensely rich, as well as thick, this behemoth is also amazingly balanced and harmonious. Raisins, molasses, licorice, black cherries, plums, and a distinctive note of violets are found in its complex, seamless character. Its interminable finish reveals additional notes of chocolate, kirsch, red as well as black currants, dark cherries, and rose blossoms. Armed with exceptional power, depth, and purity, this Taylor will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest ever crafted by the Fladgate Partnership. Tasted October 2005.'
NEAL MARTIN - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2003 Taylor’s has a lovely ripe, primal bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and marmalade that shows slightly better delineation than the Fonseca. The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat of that summer. There is wonderful focus here and fine tension, the finish offering precise notes of black cherries, mulberry, cloves and white pepper. This is one of the finest Ports of a precocious vintage.Tasted May 2013.
JANCIS ROBINSON MW
Dark, luscious crimson. Some development at the rim. Very married, integrated nose. Super luscious - really quite different from the usual Taylor - so concentrated and luscious and polished you could almost enjoy it tonight! Just a tad of tar and liquorice on the end but almost irresistible now!! Just a bit of fine tannin on the end. Tasted May 2011. 18/20 Points