Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão
Includes grapes which have been traditionally foot trodden. Aged for two years in large old casks, prior to bottling unfiltered and unfined.
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.
Of all the Port houses, few are more renowned and historic as Taylor's. Taylor's is one of the oldest founding Port Houses; a history that began in 1692, it remains to this day independent and family-owned. It's ageing cellars remain in Oporto, the birthplace of the Port industry.
Taylor's is also revered for its innovation, having pioneered the Late Bottled Vintage style. Its resources are unrivalled, with one of the largest reserves of cask-aged wines to create their tawny Ports and an extensive ownership of the top vineyard sites throughout the Douro.
Pair, classically, with a full flavoured cheese board selection, served with walnut bread and quince jelly. Equally enjoy on its own and sip into the evening.
In the press
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. Jancis Robinson MW (tasted May 2011)
The 2003 Taylors 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. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate. (Tasted June 2013)