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“In my 25 years as a winemaker in our family vineyards, I have never seen a year like this.” Adrian Bridge
2017 Taylor’s Vintage Port
Last year the 2016 Port releases were snapped up as the first General Declaration since 2011 was let loose on the market.
But not since 1873 have we seen a universal Port Vintage declared two years running. It’s apparent that the quality of the 2017s are so good, it was inevitable.
Neal Martin has just released his notes on the 2017s and commented, “2017 is more about structure and intensity. The 2017s are more hedonistic than their 2016 counterparts and yet the startling aspect of these Ports is their freshness.”
Having seen such generous heat in the early part of the growing season, the 2017 vintage is being compared with 1945. You can read Neal Martin’s full vintage report here.
Our pick of the 2017s is unquestionably Taylor’s, a Port that tops the scores in Neal Martin’s report and a classically styled Port that we always follow. Despite the success of the wines in 2016, we strongly urge you not to pass up this year. This is a Port vintage to test the ages and with its structure and intensity, might well outlive the 2016. There’s a 20% reduction in quantity due to the smaller berries and we’ve only seen a conservative price increase. Therefore, the available volume is limited.
“The 2017 Taylor’s Vintage Port comes from their three quintas: Vargellas, de Terra Feita and do Junco, picking commencing at Vargellas on September 1, the earliest since 1945. Now this boasts a bold and more flamboyant bouquet vis-à-vis the Croft with layers of blackcurrant, blueberries, violet and allspice. Wonderful definition here and as it ratchets up through the gears with aeration manages to maintain impressive delineation. The palate is medium, rather full-bodied. The first impression is one of freshness, completely disguising that summer’s dryness and warmth, a disarming finesse built around the frame of tannins that would have been impossible years ago. It is a silky-smooth Taylor’s, one of the most polished 2017 Vintage Ports with energy and tension flooding through the finish. Aristocratic as ever, totally Taylor’s, yet still translating the growing season with aplomb. Total production is 11,500 cases.” 98 points, Neal Martin