Thursday, March 30, 2006

Croft Late Bottled Vintage Oporto 1998 wine review by (PB)

This was a gift from my favorite woman in my life to whom I have been married for 32 years. On the pour it is the darkest port I have had in a long, long time with a nearly black center. It is pungent with fruit and loads of raisins and cola and a nose of more of the same along with strong licorice notes.

This dessert wine is richly sweet (duh) and rather “hot” but flavors reproduce all of the above. The texture is gorgeous, almost velvety. The finish is amazingly short.

This wine runs around $18 and is definitely a cut above of the run of the mill $12 ruby ports you find. But don’t confuse this with “Vintage Port.” Vintage port is a different animal and will cost you 3 times this price and at that price, it probably won’t be ready to drink for several years. Ready-to-drink “Vintage Port” (minimally around ten years of age depending) will run you close to, and in excess of $100! Raise a glass knowingly!

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