Thursday, January 17, 2013

Croft 2009 Vintage Port

It's not every day I drink a glass of Port. Lately, I've been enjoying it! There is something about winter and Port.  Maybe because my house is always so cold and an evening glass of Port warms me up.

Something to note - when opening a Vintage Port the shelf life is only a couple of days, so one must be thoughtful in the planning.

We recently opened the Croft 2009 Vintage Port. Just look at the picture on the left.  A beautiful color.  Deep purple, luscious and rich.

A little information about Croft Port.  The "House of Croft" was founded 300 years ago and was originally know as Phayre and Bradley.  In 1736 John Croft joined the family.  In 1911 it was acquired by the Gilbeys and is now owned and run by the Yeatman's and Fladgate families.

The grapes that go into this Port come from the famous Quinta da Roeda, owned by Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman and acquired in 1862 by John Fladgate.  In 1875 John Fladgate's daughter married Charles Wright of Croft it passed to the Croft family.  (Need a flow chart for that one)  Quinta da Roeda is one of the best estates in the Douro region.

Now onto the tasting notes.  The Port showed aromas of coffee, blackberry followed by leather and cedar.   The palate was complex with hints of raisin, honey, and fig.  Soft mouth feel with balanced tannins.  The black fruit really showed on the finish.  It was a wonderful Port that I see will age quite nicely.

If you purchase this Port now, purchase 2 bottles. One for now and one to open in about 20+ years.  You won't be sorry.  SRP is around $80

*I received this Port as a sample from the producer.


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