December 22, 2005

Wine Tasting Note: Croft Quinta da Roeda, 1987, Douro, Portugal.

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes
Croft Quinta Da Roeda 1987


Quinta da Roeda has the quaint tradition of planting a tree every year they produce a port from the vineyard. For 1987 a eucalyptus was selected; the leaves appear on the wines label abet faintly. This is a single vineyard wine (Quinta); not a full port vintage (which uses the very best grapes from across a range of properties) even though made from grapes from a single year. It will mature quicker than the top flight vintages. In my opinion they offer superb value for money.

Wine Tasting Note: Croft Quinta da Roeda, 1987, Douro, Portugal.
Available from Majestic £13.99 Cambridge Wine £18.99.
A mature nose, chocolately, coffee, medicinal hints. The palate is very appealing – a surge of delicious berry fruit, sweetness upfront, that dissipates into a quite mature mid-palate with hints of mint, chocolate and prunes. Big, full-bodied. But the richness quickly subsides into a dried, prune aftertaste. Croft themselves suggest that this specific vintage will be “perfection within ten to fifteen years” which means it’s about as good as it will ever be.
Scribblings Rating – 94/100

2 Comments
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