£399.00 In Bond (12 x 75cl)
This vintage has produced wines of massive scale,
not unlike the iconic vintage ports of the early twentieth
century. They are wines built to last. The last decade
has been unusually prolific in great years for classic
The Taylor 2009 follows a series of three outstanding
vintages, 2000, 2003 and 2007. Adrian
Bridgeremarked: 'The 2009 is the fourth declaration
in a decade. In over three centuries of Taylor's history,
a sequence of great vintages like this has been very rare.'
He added, 'It is also remarkable that these four years
have produced wines so different from one another but
all unmistakeably Taylor in style'. 2009 will be
remembered in the Douro Valley for its dry summer,
low production and very concentrated juice.
Head winemaker David Guimaraens commented:
'The low yields produced wines with enormous
density of colour and excellent tannic grip.
However they also display good acidity and
wonderfully complex fruit.' The Taylor 2009
blend is based on the wines of Quinta de Vargellas
and Quinta de Terra Feita. Since 2000, the
firm's third property, Quinta do Junco, has also
made a small contribution to the blend and has
done so again in 2009. Quantities are smaller
than those of the three preceding classic vintages.
Inky black with purple rim. A nose of great purity
opening on a vigorous note of concentrated black
woodland fruit laced with raspberry and plum.
Around this dense fruity core, with its attractive
vibrancy and minerality, is a fragrant and
complex aura of citrus fruit blossom and wild
herbal scents of mint and lavender. Supported
by a tight warp of thick sinewy tannins, the palate
explodes with concentrated ripe black fruit flavour
which surges into the long finish before being
gripped in a tight tannic embrace. A wine which manages
to combine the massive structure and powerful fruitiness
of the 2009 harvest with elegance, poise and finesse.