Croft Distinction Porto | Special Reserve NV / 750 ml.

Item#: 13265

SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2017
A light singed alder accent frames a fleshy core of blackberry and blueberry reduction flavors, followed by baker’s chocolate and black licorice notes on the finish. Drink now. 1,400 cases made, 600 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2005
Now under the same ownership as Taylor and Ferreira, Croft Ports have a new lease on life. This is a classic Port from a classic name, with its ripe fruit and structure. It has flavors of dried raisins, figs and dark chocolate, along with tannins and firm, dusty tannins and a dry aftertaste.

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SP89 89 pts. / Wine Spectator (Jun 30, 2017)

A light singed alder accent frames a fleshy core of blackberry and blueberry reduction flavors, followed by baker’s chocolate and black licorice notes on the finish. Drink now. 1,400 cases made, 600 cases imported. (James Molesworth)

WE88 88 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (3/1/2005)

Now under the same ownership as Taylor and Ferreira, Croft Ports have a new lease on life. This is a classic Port from a classic name, with its ripe fruit and structure. It has flavors of dried raisins, figs and dark chocolate, along with tannins and firm, dusty tannins and a dry aftertaste.

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Portugal is most famous (and justifiably so) for its Port wines, fortified wines that are typically sweet and often served with dessert. Port wines come in many styles such as Tawny, Late Bottled Vintage, etc, and are classified by how they were produced.

Besides Port, however, Portugal is also one of the fastest-rising wine countries in the world (as far as quality and production) when it comes to table wines. You'll find some unbelievable values in Portuguese table wines, with grapes like Touriga Nacional at the forefront.

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SKU 13265
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Croft Distinction Porto
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Product Location - Location-Appellation Porto
Package Size 750 ml.
Brand Croft
Bottles per Case 12
Spirit/Port Style Reserve
Vintage NV
Can it be Shipped No
Rating 89.00 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Type none
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No

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