2017 Croft Vintage Port

Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
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REVIEWS

JS 97 WS 97 DC 96 WA 95 VN 94 WE 93
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, June 2019

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...
WS 97

Wine Spectator, December 2019

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...
DC 96

Decanter, June 2019

The predominantly south-facing Quinta da Roêda 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...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2022

The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for approximately 20 months in French oak. It comes in with 97 grams of residual sugar. This was only seen before bottling previously. Now, with some bottle aging, it looks...
VN 94

Vinous, June 2019

The 2017 Croft Vintage Port was picked from August 31, the earliest since 1945. Deep purple in color, the nose is initially standoffish, checking you out before opening intense black plum and crushed violet aromas, orange...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

A beautifully juicy wine, packed with firm tannins and with great black fruits already in balance. The wine has style, never hinting too much at power, but instead going for complexity. Drink from 2030. ROGER VOSS

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Port
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2017
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 20%
Closure Cork

The 2017 Croft Vintage Port is a proprietary blend hailing from the Douro region of Portugal. This red wine, produced by Croft and bottled with a cork closure, boasts an alcohol content of 20.0%. It has garnered significant attention from various esteemed wine reviewers, with some of the highest accolades seen in recent years.

Decanter magazine awarded the wine an impressive score of 96, noting its origins from the predominantly south-facing Quinta da Roêda. They described the wine as "demure on the nose with underlying plump, juicy plums and cherries," and praised its "wonderfully ripe, broad tannic core" that leads to a "fresh, vibrant finish." Decanter also highlighted that this vintage Port is the best from Croft since the 1960s and is well-priced, adding to its appeal.

James Suckling rated the wine even higher, with a score of 97. His review emphasized the aromatic complexity of the wine, featuring "blueberry, blackberry and dried violets on the nose" that transition into a "full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish." Suckling also noted the wine's structure and recommended cellaring it until 2026 for optimal enjoyment.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, through reviewer Mark Squires, gave the wine a score of 95. Squires described the 2017 Vintage Port as a field blend aged for approximately 20 months in French oak, with 97 grams of residual sugar. He found it "beautifully balanced" and suggested that it should be stored for future enjoyment, predicting that it will surpass its 2016 counterpart with time.

Vinous' Neal Martin provided a score of 94, commending the wine for its "intense black plum and crushed violet aromas" and "luxuriant, velvety smooth opening." He noted that the wine disguises the warmth of the growing season well and praised its balance and elegance.

Wine Spectator was particularly enthusiastic, also awarding a score of 97. They described the wine as "a beauty in the making," with layers of "dark currant preserves, warmed fig, and steeped blackberry fruit," and additional notes of chai spice, tobacco, singed alder, and espresso cream. The review highlighted the wine's long and smoldering finish, suggesting it will be best enjoyed from 2035 through 2060.

Lastly, Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss gave the wine a score of 93, describing it as "beautifully juicy" with firm tannins and balanced black fruits. He appreciated its complexity and recommended drinking it from 2030 onwards.

In summary, the 2017 Croft Vintage Port is a highly praised wine, noted for its balance, complexity, and excellent aging potential.