A Bulk Buy rating on a lighter-bodied, silky smooth Port, the Croft Reserve Tawny Porto.
A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Cao and Tinta Amarela from Douro Valley, Portugal. The wine is aged seven years in seasoned oak casks and has 123 g/L of residual sugar!
Sample submitted for review. The Croft Reserve Tawny Porto has an SRP of $20 but can be found for as low as $14. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. 600 cases imported by Kobrand Wine & Spirits.
The distinguished house of Croft was founded over 400 years ago in 1588. A rich heritage of skill and experience in ageing and blending the very finest Ports has been passed down the generations, ensuring that the Croft Reserve Tawny Port is a perfectly crafted example of the 'tawny' style. Drawn from a reserve of the finest Ports aged in seasoned oak casks, it is fully mature and ready for immediate enjoyment.
Like all Port wines, the tawny variety are fortified with a type of grape brandy. Tawny ports; however, are not vintage specific, they are blends of barrel aged (sometimes decades old) ports. Because they spend a lot of time in barrel they gradually oxidize, giving the distinctive amber brown color. As a bonus, this also means they can stay fresh for a month or longer once opened. Best served and stored chilled, this is a category of dessert wines that is definitely worth exploring.
The Croft Reserve Tawny Porto begins with an intense aroma of caramel, raisins and brandied plums plus tons of cinnamon and clove spice. All it takes is one sniff to know you're in for something special with this one. Ooh la la, the wine tastes smooth, soft and silky and has a warm mouthfeel full of toffee and butterscotch combined with rich raspberry and prune fruit. Those wonderful spice notes from the nose also continue in the mouth. It's sweet but the acidity and rich flavors give it a decadent character. On the finish sweet caramel and spice notes lasts for a long time in the mouth.
This is a wine to serve with rich desserts or to sip slowly on a chilly fall or winter's night, although thanks to its lighter-body it really can be enjoyed any time!