This midnight purple colored Port from Croft is Excellent! It opens with a green tea and pipe tobacco bouquet with hints of licorice and cherry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, soft, creamy and rich. The flavor profile is a very tasty nutty blend of walnut and pecan with notes of rum cake and fig. The finish is rather dry and its monster tannins build-up and stick around for a while.
It’s deep in hue with ripe but gentle minty fruit, a touch herbal too, with a hint of rose petal. The palate is so sweet and succulent that the tannins are almost hidden but they are most certainly there, fine-grained with lovely minty, herbal freshness mid-palate and on to the mouthwateringly fresh finish.
Intense, featuring a rather dark persona, with baker’s chocolate, Turkish
coffee and steeped black currant notes taking the lead, backed by bitter
plum and fig reduction flavors. A long tarry streak and a singed juniper
accent show on the finish, ending with a pleasantly woodsy tug. A backward, grippy Port.
The warmth of the vintage comes through in the wine’s notes of blueberry pie and raspberry coulis, but there’s nothing dried or dimpled about them; it tastes instead, as if the vines were refreshed by the rain that came in early July, and their deep roots survived on that moisture for the rest of the season. A sturdy vintage, with notes of black-raspberry seeds, tobacco and ginger adding complexity to the structure, this has a long life ahead