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The first port of the year. It is a ‘basic’ ruby port – ruby being the intro level of port and one I guess most people will consume this winter. Most ruby is now labelled under brand names – such as here.

Wine Tasting Note: Croft Distinction Port, NV, Douro, Portugal.
Widely available for around £8.99.
Most of the grapes used in this bottle hail from Quinta do Roeda (farm of the rumbling water) Coft list this as Vintage Character which is confusing as there is no sediment for a start, which you would get from a true vintage, and it is a blend of ports from more than one harvest. Vintage Character ports are premium rubies aged, in wood, in bulk for five to seven years. Lovely deep colour within colour with a lovely, very attractive aroma. Flavours are strong and forthright being a mix of deep mulberry and raspberry. Good complexity. Excellent value for money. Alcohol 20%.

Scribblings Rating – 92/100

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