2000 Taylor Vintage Port
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Among the most saturated blue/purple/black-colored examples of the vintage, Taylor's 2000 tastes like a young vintage of Chateau Latour on steroids. Aromas of graphite, blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis and smoke jump from the glass. Spectacularly concentrated and enormously endowed, with sweetness allied to ripe tannin, decent acidity, and layer upon layer of fruit and extract, this is the leading candidate for the port of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040.
This was perhaps the most prototypically 'Taylor' wine of the vertical, with complex floral and spice aromas backed by firm, black cherry and berry fruit. The fruit is fresh and almost crunchy in character, underscored by solid tannins and a long, dusty finish. Immense power combines with intricate nuance and a supremely ageworthy structure. Hold.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright deep ruby. Brooding, complex aromas of cassis, minerals, graphite, licorice and damp earth; distinct hints of surmaturite. Dense, chewy and powerful, with a saline impression of extract. At once strong and seamless, with penetrating, youthfully primary black fruit flavors that really expand and reverberate in the mouth and on the very long, gripping finish. Exhilarating late note of dark chocolate. By no means a painfully backward Taylor, but structured to evolve for at least 25 to 30 years. 95(+?) points
**Collectibles** Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle, violets, citrus and berries, plus hints of fresh herbs. Full-bodied and chewy, with refined tannins and a long finish. Lasts for minutes on the palate. An elegant, yet powerful and fruity style of young Taylor. Best after 2012.
Mid crimson. Floral (violet?) nose. Very luscious and lifted. All in the air rather than a dense or concentrated fruitiness. Ethereal and pretty dry. Not the most luscious. Medium length. Some tar and liquorice. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2022-2040.
Nearly nine years on, Neal Martin absolutely concurs with Parker's score of 98 for this vintage Taylor: "Comparing the aromatics of Taylor and Fonseca 2000 that are usually so different, for here they seem to have come together (perhaps just for a short period?) It is more a case of the latter dialling down a little, embracing the more conservative aromatics of Taylor. At present it offers very pure blackberry, mulberry, and a touch of smoke...not giving much away at the moment but surely destined to down the line. The palate is very refined, very pure with svelte tannins with ebullient ripe red fruits laced with tobacco, nutmeg and white pepper. Long and caressing on the finish, this should evolve into a masterful Taylor’s Vintage. Tasted May 2011." (Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com, 7/2011)