Opaque, purple black colour with a narrow violet rim. Characteristically stylish and racy, with a nose of dense blackcurrant and woodland fruit overlaid with discreet herbal nuances and scents of violet and rose petals. As usual the classic Taylor elegance and understatement conceal the wine’s energy and vigour. On the palate it displays the lean, sinewy and tightly knit tannins which are so much a feature of the Taylor style and the vibrant and clearly delineated fruit flavours which are the hallmark of the 2007 vintage.
Producers, critics and wine merchants have been unanimous in hailing 2007 as a remarkable year for Vintage Port. In contrast to other recent vintages in the Douro Valley, the grapes ripened in sunny but relatively cool conditions. The result was even and balanced ripening with perfectly healthy leaf canopies able to benefit from the warm weather which preceded the harvest and brought the crop to perfect maturity. These unique conditions expressed themselves in wonderfully elegant wines, with superb vibrant fruit quality as well as the crisp acidity and firm tannins required for a long life in bottle.