1963 Taylor Vintage Port

SKU #980051 97 points Wine Spectator

 A big wine with superb balance, a shining example of this exuberantly fruity vintage. Deep ruby, with violets and coffee on the nose, full-bodied, with dried cherry flavors and plenty of tannin, balanced and long on the finish. (JS, Web-1989)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1963 is quite fabulous yet still seemingly capable of developing for another decade or more. (RP)  (1/1989)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This showed masses of dried fruit and maple syrup flavors, all of which seemed to dry up a bit on the finish to reveal spice, alcohol and a certain degree of austerity. It may just be in an awkward stage, as the components are fine, just a little disjointed. Hold? (JC)  (2/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Very pale ruby Lots of almost yellow broad rim. Spicy and nutty with a hint of black pepper and very mature on the nose. Super mellow treacle. Lovely spice on the finish. Masses of ripe fruit. Kick of freshness. Really transparent but not much further to go. 18/20 points (JR)  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin: "A much more youthful colour compared to the -60, the nose is very well defined, feminine, almost floral with notes of wild strawberry, smoke, tobacco, Clementine and leather. Yet it does not quite have the breeding I was expecting, something more transparent when contrasting against the -45 or the -48. The palate is silky and harmonious with filigree tannins, notes of strawberry, cherry and liquorices leading to a more structured fig-tinge finish. The palate is more compelling than the nose and it has great length. I would actually give this more time in bottle, something tells me it would like to reach half-a-century! Tasted November 2007." (5/2008, Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2010 | Send Email
A lot of famous wines from famous vintages let me down. This 1963 Taylor is not one of them. This spectacularly aromatic, effortless port brightened up a Thursday here at K&L with its vinous perfection. The only thing that I can imagine improving this wine would be a little time to settle, and a wheel of stilton.
Drink from 2010 to 2063

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