Archiv für den Monat: November 2014

Croft Vintage Port Tasting

Viel Licht und Schatten beim heutigen Croft Vintage-Port Tasting in Leverkusen. Signifikant der Unterschied zwischen der pre-80er Ära und den letzten 2 Jahrzehnten. Bis auf weniger Ausnahmen waren die älteren Jahrgänge eher enttäuschend – liegt´s an der Performance von Croft, den bis Mitte der Siebziger Jahre üblichen Händlerabfüllungen oder den unterschiedlichen Lagerbedingungen? Wie meistens wahrscheinlich verschiedene Gründe –  auf alle Fälle sind die jüngeren Jahrgänge die verlässlichere Wahl beim Kauf von Croft Vintage Ports.

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1917 light tawny / restrained / mushrooms / lean / lacks complexity / burning finish / 15,5

1927 light tawny / nutty and spicy notes  / silky / medium depth and concentration / good balance and length / 16,5

1935 light tawny / forward / orange peel / candied fruits / underlying tobacco notes / MB / lacks the silkiness of 1927 / robust / grippy / medium long warm finish / now / 16,0

1945 medium tawny / intense nose / exotic flavours / fullish / concentrated / luscious / good length / will keep for another decade / -2025 / 17,5

1955 medium tawny / red hues / diffuse / chemical  / full body / velvety / much better on the palate than on the nose / good depth and length / – 2025 / 16,5

1960 light ruby red / fungal notes / medium body / rustic tannins / lacks charme and complexity / burning finish / 14,0

1963 medium tawny with red hints / Maggi / gammons / medium body / unbalanced / lacks structure / disappointing bottle / 14,5

1966 medium tawny / one-dimensional / mushrooms / medium body / soft / luscious / medium length / now / 15,0

1967 Roeda light ruby red / chemical / volatile acid / simple / short

1970 medium ruby red / needs time in the glass  / still some fruity notes / full body / intense fruit / luscious / good balance / medium length / -2030 / 17,0

1975 light ruby red / red fruits / lean / lacks complexity and depth / burning finish / -2020 / 15,0

1977 light ruby red / molasses / fish meal / tired / rustic / some concentration / disappointing  / 14,5

1978 Roeda light ruby red / spicy / black bread / medium body / hollow / one-dimensional / spicy finish / 14,0

1980 Roeda light ruby red / medium intensity / toffee / almonds / lean / silky / good freshness / charming wine / now / 15,5

1982 medium ruby red / red fruits / toffee / one-dimensional / medium plus body / silky / warm finish / now – 2020 / 16,0

1983 medium ruby red / rich nose / orange marmalade / exotic spice / full body / medium concentration / velvety / good depth and length / now – 2035 / 16,5

1985 medium ruby red / corky bottle / rich / opulent / structured / dense / good length / tobacco finish / – 2040 / potentially 18,0

1991 dense ruby red / brown rim / intense dark fruit / tobacco / full body / sturdy / firm yet ripe tannins / balanced sweetness and alcohol / very good potential / good length / one of the best 91s / – 2040 / 17,5+

1994 dense ruby red / pure / developed nose / rich nose / luscious fruit / elegant / silky texture / good complexity / fine  / -2030 / 17,5

1997 Roeda very dense ruby red / pure / mineral notes / black fruit / rich / dense / very good structure / vibrant / slightly astringent tannins / long / fine / -2045 / 17,0

2000 dense purple red / spicy / undeveloped / fleshy / structured / firm tannins / grippy / warm long finish / good potential / 2020-2045 / 17,5

2003 dense purple red / crunchy fruit / blood / concentrated / dense / floral touch / firm / long / needs time / 2025 – 2050 / 17,5++

2005 Roeda very dense purple red / meaty / spicy / sturdy / grippy tannins / straightforward / lacks elegance and finesse / medium length /  2020 – 2035 / 16,5

2007 very dense purple red / corky bottle / rich fruit border on overripeness / fullish / very concentrated / long / 2025 – 2050 / potentially 17,5

2009 very dense black red / primary / fresh fruit / powerful / luscious / fine tannins / good freshness / great potential / very fine indeed / 2030 – 2060 / 18,5

2011 violet / restrained / juicy fruit / silky / soft / lacks the structure and freshness of the best examples of this great vintage / long / 2035-2060 / 17,5+

David Guimaraens - Winemaker der Fladgate Partnership und Nachkomme des legendären Manuel Pedro Guimaraens, dem Gründer von Fonseca

David Guimaraens – Winemaker der Fladgate Partnership und Nachkomme des legendären Manuel Pedro Guimaraens, dem Gründer von Fonseca