This is an exceptional vintage most unusually the third declared in a row from this producer. Intensely perfumed and richly structured with dark black fruits and concentrated tannins it is set for seriously long-term aging. The power of the wine based around the producer's Quinta da Vargellas is magnificent. Drink this major Port from 2029. ROGER VOSS
Remarkably harmonious already with a beautiful display of unadulterated blueberry blackberry and plum sauce flavors that fan out while anise ganache and cassis accents fill in. So lush and seductive through the finish it?s nearly drinkable. But just wait. Best from 2030 through 2050. 7800 cases made. ? JM Designation: Highly Recommended
The 2018 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for approximately 18 months in very old and large wooden vats. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. This is the third straight declaration (2016 2017 and this 2018) of a classic Vintage Port for Taylor's. Of those three this so far would be my least favorite but it's close and time will tell. Aromatic and expressive this adds a big bang for a finish that reminds you that it is indeed Taylor's. After opening it on the first day tasted it tightened fast and showed the structure I like to see in serious Ports. It has that classic flavor profile as well and shows fine concentration. Even 48 hours later it had no problem showing off a little muscle even though it drank decently at that point. The fruit is expressive as noted but it is still a bit closed just now.