Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage 2014
Porto Vintage and Late Bottled Vintage feature a selection of very fine full-bodied red ports from a single year. The fundamental difference between the two styles is in the way each one is matured. Vintage Port is kept in wood for only twenty months or more before being transferred to the bottle, where it will continue to age. Late Bottled Vintage, as the name suggests, is later bottled, remaining in wood for four to six years. During this relatively long period of wood aging, a Late Bottled Vintage matures and calms down - it is ready to drink when bottled, does not need to be decanted and can be served by the glass for several weeks after the cork has been removed. Late Bottled Vintage was developed as a high quality alternative, but more accessible and immediately drinkable to the Vintage port, to be enjoyed by the glass on daily occasions.
Deep purple-black color, with a vibrant and intense ruby halo. The nose is flooded with wild berries and the pungent aromas of currants. In addition to the exuberance of ripe fruit, there are herbaceous notes, mint, fleeting spicy notes and a subtle aroma of exotic woods. The tannins are firm on the palate, with a vibrant acidity. Dense and exuberant flavors of cassis, raspberries and apricots blend together in a wonderfully long finish. A Late Bottled Vintage true to Taylor’s style, elegant and restrained, of great quality and purity of fruit.
88 points Robert Parker;
16.5 points Revista de Vinhos;
16.5 points in Vinho Grandes Escolhas.