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Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

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Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita: A Deep Dive into a Douro Classic

Hailing from Portugal's renowned Douro Valley, Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita is a single-quinta Port wine that boasts a rich history and an exceptional flavour profile. This detailed tasting note explores the unique characteristics of this revered Taylor's bottling, guiding you through its aromas, flavours, and ideal food pairings.

A Legacy of Excellence: The Quinta de Terra Feita

Terra Feita, meaning "made earth" in Portuguese, is a beautifully situated vineyard nestled on the west bank of the Pinhão River. This historic estate contributes significantly to Taylor's prestigious Vintage Ports. In select years when a Taylor's Vintage isn't declared, the finest grapes from Terra Feita are bottled as a standalone "single quinta" vintage Port, showcasing the estate's remarkable potential.

Aromatic Intrigue: Unveiling the Nose of Taylor's Terra Feita

Swirling your glass of Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita awakens a symphony of aromas. The initial burst might surprise you with its intensity. Classic black fruits like black cherry and cassis take centre stage, offering a dense and captivating foundation. Beyond the initial fruitiness, intriguing wild notes emerge - think mint, resin, and a touch of gumcistus, a fragrant flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean. As the wine opens further, more subtle notes of earth, tobacco leaf, and liquorice add a layer of complexity.

A Symphony on the Palate: The Taste of Taylor's Terra Feita

The first sip of Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita is a revelation. The dense fruit flavours from the nose translate beautifully onto the palate, delivering a rich and mouth filling experience. Blackberry and cassis dominate, their sweetness balanced by a pleasant acidity that keeps the wine lively. The wild herbal notes from the nose reappear, adding a touch of intrigue. The star of the show, however, is the tannin structure. Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita boasts thick, mouth-coating tannins that provide a firm grip and promise exceptional ageing potential.

Food Pairings for Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita: A Culinary Symphony

The bold flavours and robust tannins of Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita demand equally bold food pairings. Here are some suggestions to elevate your next wine and food experience:

  • Rich Cheeses: Creamy blue cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort stand up beautifully to the wine's power. The sweetness of the Port cuts through the cheese's richness, while the tannins cleanse the palate for the next bite.
  • Chocolate Delights: Dark chocolate desserts are a classic pairing for Port. The bitterness of the chocolate complements the sweetness of the wine, creating a harmonious flavour profile. Explore options like chocolate brownies, a decadent chocolate tart, or a selection of dark chocolate truffles.
  • Fruit and Nut Pairings: For a slightly lighter option, consider pairing Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita with a selection of dried fruits and nuts. The sweetness of the fruit and the richness of the nuts provide a delightful counterpoint to the wine's flavours. Opt for a selection that includes walnuts, almonds, dried figs, apricots, and dates.
  • Douro Valley Inspiration: Embrace the Portuguese heritage of Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita by pairing it with traditional Douro Valley dishes. Consider rich stews like Carne de Varais (slow-cooked pork belly) or Feijoada (a hearty bean stew with meat). The wine's bold profile can stand up to the robust flavours of these regional specialties.

Beyond the Pairing: Serving Suggestions for Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

When serving Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita, aim for a slightly chilled temperature, ideally around 15-18°C. A decanter is recommended for younger vintages (under 10 years old) to help soften the tannins and allow the aromas to fully bloom. For mature vintages, decanting might not be necessary.

The Allure of Ageing: The Maturing Potential of Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita

Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita is a wine built to last. The robust tannins and balanced acidity allow it to develop beautifully over time. When properly stored, a well-aged Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita will develop further layers of complexity, with the fruit flavours softening and integrating seamlessly with the earthier notes.

In Conclusion: Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita - A Port for the Discerning Palate

Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita is a testament to the exceptional quality and ageing potential of Douro Valley Ports. Its bold flavours, captivating aromas, and impressive structure make it a wine for discerning palates. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a thoughtfully chosen dish, Taylor's Quinta de Terra Feita promises

 

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