1983 Taylor's Vintage Port

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1983 Taylor's Vintage Port

An outstanding port scoring 94/100 Parker Points.

This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades.

Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep cherry, burgundy colour, fading at the rim.

Nose

Rich, jammy harmonious fruit. Stylish, aromatic, concentrated fruit flavours.

Palate

Raisin, chocolate; plum jam. Medium-full bodied. Rounded tannins. Complex, fleshy wine. The 1983 is wonderfully aromatic and so perfumed (a characteristic of this charming vintage), yet powerful, long and deep on the palate.

1983 Taylor's Vintage Port

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1983 Vintage Port is up for a status check. It is in a pretty good place now. It's been as hard as nails over the years. Not anymore. With softened tannins and a medley of old Port flavors on the finish, this is both sensual and delicious, with velvety texture and an irresistible finish. It doesn't have that hard edge any more, but it does wake up and become more intense with some air. At least from this bottle, it comes together rather promptly and drinks well. It's lacking just a bit of firmness, but its complex flavors and general demeanor make it rather sexy. The lingering finish seals the deal. It can keep going for quite some time—it is Port and they tend not to drop off the table if well stored—but this is a nice time to dive in. (MS) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid tawny. A smoky, minerally nose with restrained, dried red fruit and layers of incense and spices that emerge. Demands attention to see its qualities. Lots of fruit density to balance the still-firm tannins, typical of the house style. Well-integrated finish with good length. A very fine 1983. 18/20 points (TJ) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Taylor is always closed and tight when young and this is no exception. Deep ruby-purple, ripe raisin and violet aromas, full-bodied, with sweet raisin and grape flavors, a lovely balance of full tannins and an explosion of fruit on the finish. (JS, Web-1989) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Four stars from Michael Broadbent: "At best correct, lovely, delicious and classic, showing well. Better than most '83s. Last tasted Oct 2006." (Micheal Broadbent's Pocket Vintage Wine Companion)

The Vintage

The winter of 1982/3 was marked by extreme cold weather in February, when snow fell in Pinhão for the first time in twenty years. Poor flowering in many vineyards and overall an unusually cold year, including the month of August. However, September was hot.

The harvest was late, starting on October 3rd ,but perfect conditions prevailed. Colour extraction was more than satisfactory and the winemakers’ notes at the time record that the ‘musts’ were exceptionally aromatic.

Please Note

A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!

Specifications

Year 1983
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar
Touriga Franca - Touriga Nacional - Tinta Barroca - Tinta Roriz
Country Portugal
Alcohol content
20% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 15 units
Type Red - Fortified
Cellaring Potential Drink from now to 2030
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Douro Valley
Appellation Porto