Robert Parker 95
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.
Mid tawny-brick. Like the Croft, a little fusty and tired on the nose, though there is plenty of depth of flavour on the palate – enough for the fairly firm, cocoa-powder tannins. Pretty good length of dark chocolate and dried fig too. (TJ)
Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030