The refined, finely structured Taylor style marks this ripe, full wine, which marries concentrated black currant and plum fruit to intense impressions of licorice, spice and dried fruit in a velvety, elegant texture.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 86 points - The nose and palate is rich with prune and chocolate character. This sweet, luscious, port also exhibits baking spice aromas. Pair with blue cheese or chocolate covered nuts. (May 2012)
Wine Enthusiast 91 points - For freshness, it is worth buying this young LBV. It has all the structure needed, a dark chocolate undertone, but it is the fresh black fruits and the lift of acidity that make it so attractive. R.V. (Nov 2007)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Initially it seems very dry, but there is freshness as well. The wine has a sweet, jelly core, with soft tannins, well balanced. Raisins and black figs dominate, with the aftertaste bringing a firming of tannins and structure. Powerful and impressive. R.V. (Jul 8 2015)
Top 100 WS 100 points - Dense and rich, with amply spiced flavors of ripe dark plum and cherry compote. Mineral notes emerge midpalate, leading to a lush, chocolate-filled finish. Drink now.-K.M.
Rated #16 in Wine Spectator’s 2015 Top 100
Deep ruby red colour. The fine, complex nose is filled with rich blackcurrant, strawberry and plum aromas with delicate floral notes. On the palate, the wine has a smooth velvety texture supported by firm well integrated tannins The intense flavours of dark berry fruits persist into the long finish. This is a complex, multidimensional wine with the classic Taylor elegance, balance and finesse and is ready for drinking now.