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2017 Croft Vintage Port

 

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Winemaker notes:

“Inky core fading to a magenta rim. A seductive nose, ripe and voluptuous with depth and density. Plump, juicy blackcurrant, black cherry and raspberry. The nose is then drawn into a vortex of complex aromas in which resiny scents of eucalyptus blend with notes of sage and mint with hints of grapefruit and a mellow spiciness. On the palate, firm, sinewy tannins are wrapped in a thick envelope of dense, velvety texture. This is one of the most exotic and beguiling wines of the vintage. It is a weighty wine, dense and deeply colored, with the concentration and stamina to ensure a long life in bottle.”

Critical Acclaim:

“97 points.

“Blueberry, blackberry and dried violets on then nose that follow through to a full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. This shows grip and some green, wet earth undertones on the finish. Stuctured. Try in 2026.” – James Suckling

“97 points.

“A beauty in the making, with waves of dark currant preserves, warmed fig and steeped blackberry fruit, all infused with chai spice, tobacco, singed alder and espresso cream accents. Very grippy on the finish, but this is long and smoldering too. Best from 2035 through 2060.” – Wine Spectator

“96 points.

“The predominantly south-facing Quinta da Ro√™da provides the cornerstone of this vintage Port, the best from Croft since the 1960s – and it’s well priced too. It’s surprisingly demure on the nose with underlying plump, juicy plums and cherries. It’s similarly voluptuous on the palate initially – in true Croft style – with a wonderfully ripe, broad tannic core rising in the mouth. It’s dense and rather gorgeous all the way through to a fresh, vibrant finish.” – Decanter

“95 points.

“The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend, not quite bottled but the final blend set for bottling in about a week. It was aged for approximately 20 months in French oak and comes in with 97 grams of residual sugar. Fresh and lively, showing vivid fruit and a clean finish, this is also nicely lifted on the finish. It is surprisingly accessible. This is also a bit more expressive at the moment than its Serikos sibling this issue, but it’s also lighter and a little less powerful. This can be one to approach young, but I wouldn’t do it unless you want to sacrifice complexity and harmony.” – Wine Advocate

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