Introducing the exquisite 2017 Croft Vintage Port, a true masterpiece from the renowned region of Douro, Portugal. This red wine, crafted with a proprietary blend of grapes, showcases the exceptional expertise of Croft, a producer with a long-standing tradition of excellence. With its rich and captivating red color, this wine is a visual delight that promises an unforgettable tasting experience.
Upon opening the bottle, the nose is greeted with a surprisingly demure aroma, revealing hints of plump, juicy plums and cherries. As the wine unfolds on the palate, its voluptuous nature takes center stage, showcasing the true essence of Croft's style. The mouthfeel is wonderfully ripe, with a broad tannic core that rises with each sip, leaving a lasting impression. The density and gorgeousness of this wine persist all the way through to a fresh and vibrant finish.
Notable wine critics have heaped praise upon the 2017 Croft Vintage Port, further solidifying its reputation as an exceptional wine. Decanter awarded it an impressive score of 96 points, acknowledging it as the best vintage from Croft since the 1960s. James Suckling bestowed upon it an outstanding score of 97 points, recognizing its complex flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and dried violets, complemented by firm and chewy tannins. Wine Spectator also recognized its greatness, giving it a score of 97 points and describing it as a beauty in the making, with layers of dark currant preserves, fig, and blackberry fruit, infused with chai spice and tobacco undertones.
The 2017 Croft Vintage Port is a wine with immense aging potential. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate predicts that it will surpass the already exceptional 2016 vintage in the coming years. While it can be enjoyed now, it is recommended to cellar this wine to allow it to fully develop its potential. With a relatively high alcohol percentage of 20.0%, this wine exhibits great structure and balance.
This outstanding vintage Port is an exceptional addition to any wine collection. It pairs beautifully with rich and decadent desserts, such as dark chocolate or a classic Portuguese pastel de nata. Indulge in the magnificence of the 2017 Croft Vintage Port and savor every sip of its luxurious flavors.