Taylor's 2009 Vintage Port
Taylor's Vintage Port 2009
Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman was founded over three centuries ago in 1692 and has been independently owned throughout its history. The most famous of all Port houses, Taylor’s is regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Port and its declared vintages attract the highest scores and auction prices. Noted for their elegance and restrained power, their longevity and their distinctive scented character, these classic Vintage Ports are blended from the finest wines of the firm’s own ‘quintas’ or estates.
Taylor’s three famous properties – Vargellas, Terra Feita and Junco – occupy distinct geographic locations. Each contributes its own unique character and dimension to the subtle harmony of the blend. Select ‘Vineyards’ at the foot of this page to learn more.

Commenting on the decision to declare the 2009 vintage, Taylor’s CEO Adrian Bridge remarked, ‘The year has produced wines of massive scale, not unlike the iconic vintage ports of the early twentieth century. They are wines built to last.’
As usual the 2009 Taylor Vintage blend is based on the wines of Vargellas and Terra Feita, the two historic properties whose contrasting but complementary personalities define the Taylor style. Since the 2000 vintage, a small proportion of wine from Quinta do Junco has been added to the blend and this is again the case with the 2009.

Winemaker David Guimaraens remarked, ‘2009 produced wines with enormous density of colour and excellent tannic grip. However they also display good acidity and wonderfully complex fruit.’

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All stages of the 2009 viticultural year occurred earlier than usual on the Taylor properties, from bud burst in early March to an early harvest which began on 12th September at Vargellas, in the hotter eastern reaches of the Douro, and on 16th and 17th respectively in the two Pinhão Valley estates, Junco and Terra Feita. The low yields resulting largely from the very dry ripening season produced wines with dark inky colour and a thick weave of sinewy tannin. However their power and density, not unusual in a warm dry year, is matched by pure focused fruit and multi-layered complexity.

The Taylor 2009 Vintage Port combines the scale and vigour typical of the year with the elegance and poise which define the house style. As is so often the case with Taylor’s, it is the iron fist in a velvet glove, a wine whose refinement disguises an inner strength which will allow the wine to age for decades.


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TASTING NOTES
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.
Accolades
Wine Spectator, March 2012
Intensely fruity and dripping with luscious dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavors, leading to touches of sandalwood.
Intensely fruity and dripping with luscious dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavors, leading to touches of sandalwood. Medium-grained tannins carry through to the lush, spice and chocolate-filled finish. This shows fine grip and balance, with a very modern feel. Best from 2020 through 2045.
94 points
Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
Taylor's vintage Ports are always among the legendary wines.
Taylor's vintage Ports are always among the legendary wines. This hugely structured wine keeps the dense, perfumed tradition very much alive. Along with the power, it also has wonderful fruit, bursting out with blackberry jam. Even with all the frutiness, it needs to age for decades.
96 points
Steven Spurrier, Decanter August 2011
...superbly controlled spice and black cherry fruit, tight and elegant, fresh as well as rich, top potential 2019-2049
...superbly controlled spice and black cherry fruit, tight and elegant, fresh as well as rich, top potential 2019-2049
19.5 points
Luís Antunes, Revista de Vinhos, Julho 2011
Fruta azul, grafite, chocolate, folhas e flores, reservado no aroma, com tensão e complexidade. Seco e picante, texturado, com taninos firmes e gordos.
Fruta azul, grafite, chocolate, folhas e flores, reservado no aroma, com tensão e complexidade. Seco e picante, texturado, com taninos firmes e gordos. Fresco, potente, num registo de elegância e contenção. Final interminável.
Pontos 19
Rui Falcão, Revista Wine, Julho 2011
Cor preta retinta. Por ora surge fechado a sete chaves, muito escondido e retraído, quase sem desvendar o que lhe vai na alma....
Cor preta retinta. Por ora surge fechado a sete chaves, muito escondido e retraído, quase sem desvendar o que lhe vai na alma, deixando pouco para além das sugestões citrinas, da ameixa preta e de um toque floral que lhe dá algum graça no meio de tanta ríspidez. Duro e cheio na boca, estruturado e monstruoso na expressão dos taninos, mostra uma garra e determinação que o nariz não deixava antecipar, terminando suavizado pela fruta muito madura que a boca não se cansa de alardear.
Pontos 18
Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com, May 2011
Going back and forth, the Taylor's 2009 has a lighter nose than the 2007 with precise dark cherry, Seville orange, fresh fig and a hint of scorched soil.
Going back and forth, the Taylor's 2009 has a lighter nose than the 2007 with precise dark cherry, Seville orange, fresh fig and a hint of scorched soil. The palate is full-bodied packed with ripe black cherries, fresh fig and white pepper; very harmonious and focused although I feel that the 2007 has a little more depth and persistency. Very pretty and very pure, this Taylor's may well put on weight with a couple of years in bottle and merit a higher mark. Tasted May 2011.
Score 95
Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com, May 2011
Intense, vivid nose is spicy and dense with lovely bright aromatics, as well as some violet florality.
The palate is rich and bold with lots of sweetness. Generous, with smooth, intense fruit and firm yet fine-grained tannins. Massive fruit and lovely structure. Brilliant.
95–97/100
Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages, May 2011
Blackish purple. This, unusually, had the headiness of Fonseca 2009 on the nose and seemed more luscious and velvety than the Quinta da Vargellas Vinha Velha on the palate.
Blackish purple. This, unusually, had the headiness of Fonseca 2009 on the nose and seemed more luscious and velvety than the Quinta da Vargellas Vinha Velha on the palate. Very rich, round and thrilling. Dense and pure. A bit of a schoolmaster in terms of straight back and firm structure. Very long, firm and thrilling - surely a long term bet with additional early charm, presumably from the exceptionally hot, dry vintage.
Score 18. Drink 2035-70
Will Lyons, The Wall Street Journal, May 2011
Dark black/purple in the glass, the nose is an intense, opulent marriage of spice and dark fruit.
Dark black/purple in the glass, the nose is an intense, opulent marriage of spice and dark fruit. On the palate there is real power and again more fruit giving way to a refreshing, long length.
Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com, May 2011
Deep, dark opaque; lovely opulent aromas, refined, scented and very pretty (not often I say this about a wine)....
Deep, dark opaque; lovely opulent aromas, refined, scented and very pretty (not often I say this about a wine), in its first bloom of youth; broad, sweet and rich with fine peppery tannins, quite powerful yet gentle at the same time with a lovely sinewy, firm finish. Complete.
Score 18
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