Contemporary Opulence of a classic Port
As a classic vintage style, the Croft Vintage Port 2016 is one of the iconic products from Port’s historic trading house, Croft.
The Croft Vintage Port 2016 comes from the Quinta da Roêda, the most famous property of the House located in the Douro Valley in the Duriense region of northern Portugal.
In spite of a hot summer, the 2016 temperatures allowed the grapes to reach optimal ripeness at the same time and so the berries were in a perfect health state. This testifies to its great aromatic expression and musts with fine tannins.
With the elegance of a classic style, the Croft Vintage Port 2016 has an opulent aromatic expression, exuding perfectly balanced pure fruit. The nose reveals a rich gourmet consisting of strawberry and blackcurrant jammy notes. With aeration, the nose further hints at herbal notes that signify the signature of old vines from Quinta da Roêda. Full of flavour, the palate opens with small red fruit and evolves with tight and fine-grained tannins that give it structure and volume. A great Vintage Port.
Parker : 94 / 100
J. Robinson : 16.5++ / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend originally seen about a week before bottling. It comes in with 104 grams of residual sugar. Not a lot has changed except that it seems even more approachable and much better balanced now. It also seems drier than its statistics would suggest. Tight and intense on first taste, this comes around relatively well with a couple of hours of air on the first day tasted, but it isn't expressive until a couple of days later. The initial firmness moderates to some extent, showcasing a relatively approachable young Port. (That doesn't mean it is ready or close to it.) The concentration seems good enough now, so that the hints of alcohol that I saw in June--and again this time around when this was in its first 90 minutes of aeration--seem under much better control. The balance is just more appealing. It shows beautifully with a couple of days of air. As with all Ports of any quality, this could use some time. This is gripping, but it won't sear your mouth with tannins. You are going to have to cellar it awhile to allow it to acquire more complexity and more harmony, though. This is showing more promise than ever.