Croft, 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV, Portugal
This wine: a blend of the port varieties, which may include touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta barroca, tinto cao, tinta roriz; bottled 2015, natural cork stopper, 20% abv, widely available, ~£20 (02/16)
Consumer tasting note: red amber hued, with a nose of red and black glace cherry, dried red berries, raisin and crushed nuts; full-bodied, velvety, with a palate of raisin, dried red cherry and cranberry, with hints of sweet oak, tobacco and linseed oil. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity (red) amber, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of red glace cherry, black glace cherry, over-ripe red plum, dried red fruits – cranberry and cherry, a little spicy, raisin, dried currant, crushed hazelnut, walnut, hint of sweet oak, old polished wood.
Palate: sweet, medium (+) acidity, fortified high, full body, a velvety texture with a low-key grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of raisin, dry prune, rich red plum juice, dried red cherry, dried cranberry, dried currant, hints of sweet oak, tobacco and linseed oil. A long length with a clean dried red fruit edged with raisin finish and a touch of tobacco right at the end.
Quality: very good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol and residual sugar; a sound intensity throughout with slightly lesser concentration, well-integrated wood and alcohol; showing a moderate-high level of complexity from oxidative ageing, finishes with a sound long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging, but will keep for 5-10 years – a fully developed oxidised wine, with nowhere to go.