Croft Port - Press Comments

Douro Valley, Portugal

Croft Port

Croft Pink

“Forward, with ebullient cherry and strawberry cream flavors backed by a round, easy finish. Frankly sweet, but stays just fresh enough in the end. Drink now. 3,500 cases made.” 87 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
30th June 2017

 

Croft Fine Ruby

“Fun, forward and brimming with blueberry and blackberry cobbler notes, laced with a hint of bramble that keeps this fresh enough, ending with a hint of Black Forest cake. Drink now.” 88 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
30th June 2017

 

430th Anniversary Limited Edition Reserve Ruby

“The NV 430th Anniversary Ruby Reserve Port is a blend of various grapes and field blends to reach an average age of 2.5 years old. It was aged for three to four years in wood for varying lots and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar (a correction of an earlier note). Although a non-vintage wine, this is easily identifiable because it is a one-off—a single bottling in June 2018 for the 430th anniversary of Croft. Like its non-anniversary sibling this issue, it comes in an atmospheric, fat bottle. The special label adds a bit more atmosphere.

If you want to see the difference between fat and finesse, try this next to the regular Croft. This has far more precision and a better expression of fruit. They both have reasonably good structure, but this has more lift to the fruit—although it seems lighter. Some two days later, it was pretty delicious, finishing with obvious sweetness. The fruitiness is the big bragging point here, at least after some aeration. However, while it seemed gorgeously structured on opening (more so than when I first saw it around bottling time), all the tannins fell off with that two-day test. That left it flabbier, relatively speaking. It was a little disappointing in that regard—but always delicious. Well, that’s why it is a Ruby Reserve and not a Vintage Port. The price uptick next to the regular Croft is moderate, which makes it worth trading up just for style, if nothing else.” 88 points

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate
31st January 2019

 

Quinta da Roeda 2004

“A dry, structured wine, firm and with tannic, concentrated fruit. Spirit and acidity are both evident, but with its dark, brooding style this is an impressive return to form by Croft.” 92 points

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
1st March 2008