Taylor’s LBV 2014 – WSET Tasting note

Appearance: The wine is clear medium ruby

Nose: The wine is clean with pronounced intensity of aromas of primary – red fruit (cooked strawberry, fresh raspberry, cranberry), black fruit (black plum, boysenberry), secondary – oak (vanilla, cloves, chocolate), tertiary – dried fruit (raisin, figs, dates), leather

Palate: The wine is sweet, with high acidity, medium+ body, high alcohol, medium, long finish, pronounced intensity of flavours of primary – red fruit (cooked strawberry, fresh raspberry, cranberry), black fruit (black plum, boysenberry), secondary – oak (vanilla, cloves, chocolate), tertiary – dried fruit (raisin, figs, dates), leather

Conclusion: Outstanding – this is a complex wine, with primary, secondary and tertiary aromas and flavours, rendering it as layered and nuanced. The alcohol, even though high, is very well integrated and does not overwhelm the palate. The juicy acidity complements and balances the ripe and cooked fruit on the palate. A long and complex finish contributes to the outstanding quality of this wine.

Bottle ageing: Suitable for bottle ageing – this wine already shows aged characters, however, the quality and freshness of the primary aromas and flavours, together, with the acidity and length allow to think that wine could develop and improve in proper ageing conditions.

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