He caught the fruit while it still had detail, though much of that complexity is masked for now behind a blackout curtain of youthful tannins. The wine is sleek, with bosky cherry flavors and a massive structure, needing a day to show its luscious fruit and integrate it into a compact, juicy black sphere. On the third day open, the wine’s restraints are slightly less tense, the flavors hinting at licorice and black cherry with a mellow schist reverb. Beautifully knit, this is the most compelling and ageworthy Croft Vintage yet, under the Fladgate Partnership.
— Joshua Greene