1977 Taylor Vintage Port
Good ruby color still. The nose is fresh, with lots of crushed berry and plum, with a hint of piecrust. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a caressing texture. This delivers loads of complex fruit and spiciness. Medium-sweet. A beauty. Will improve for decades, but why wait? (Web-2008)
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 1977 has consistently been at the top of my list of vintage ports in this great vintage, although the Dow, Graham, and Fonseca are equally splendid. It is a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port of remarkable depth and power, but is should not be touched before 2000.
The most prominently floral wine in the vertical, but that delicacy is amply backed by plush chocolate and dried fruit flavors. The finish is deceptively soft and welcoming, but still shows great backbone and the ability to go many more years.
And 95 points Neal Martin: "A deep garnet core with brick rim. The nose is very tight and quite conservative with strawberry, baked cherry, tobacco and wild hedgerow. After thirty minutes it remains quite stoic, tucked up in its shell. The palate is impressive: good depth and concentration, very well balanced with an attractive crispness. Perhaps you could argue that it is a more linear Taylor's compared to the -70, you could almost say it lacks some charm. But there is immense complexity here so I would suggest leaving it for another decade and enjoy the -66 or the -70 instead. Tasted November 2007." (Wine Journal, 5/2008)