1955 Croft

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Forum rules
Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Post Reply
User avatar
AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
Posts: 11149
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

1955 Croft

Post by AHB » 21:00 Wed 04 Oct 2017

Mature, brick red colour wih a pale rim, 30% opaque. Gentle sous bois nose, with soft wild strawberry. Lovely entry, slightly woody but with sweet fruits of the forest adding a pleasant complexity. Balanced and well structured but starting to dry out. A nice profile on the aftertaste with nutty dried fruit that leads to a delicious big finish, long lasting and with a chewy texture. Overall this is a port which is starting to dry out but which is very drinkable. Served blind this was guessed to be Quinta do Noval 1958. (The bottle was mid-shoulder fill.). 88/100. Decanted 5 hours. Drunk 28 September 2017.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

User avatar
gerwin.degraaf
Fonseca LBV
Posts: 142
Joined: 20:59 Thu 02 Jul 2009
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1955 Croft

Post by gerwin.degraaf » 14:19 Wed 18 Oct 2017

AHB wrote:
21:00 Wed 04 Oct 2017
Mature, brick red colour wih a pale rim, 30% opaque. Gentle sous bois nose, with soft wild strawberry. Lovely entry, slightly woody but with sweet fruits of the forest adding a pleasant complexity. Balanced and well structured but starting to dry out. A nice profile on the aftertaste with nutty dried fruit that leads to a delicious big finish, long lasting and with a chewy texture. Overall this is a port which is starting to dry out but which is very drinkable. Served blind this was guessed to be Quinta do Noval 1958. (The bottle was mid-shoulder fill.). 88/100. Decanted 5 hours. Drunk 28 September 2017.
I have 1 bottle left of this particular VP (of 2). Mine is possibly a Dutch bottling (neck label says Walraven Sax - Hilversum), and has a good fill level (1 cm in neck).
Do you think this will keep untill 2025 (I had planned to drink it during this year of it's 70th birthday), or should I open it a little earlier, say in 2020?

Andy Velebil
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
Posts: 2469
Joined: 22:16 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Los Angeles, Ca USA
Contact:

Re: 1955 Croft

Post by Andy Velebil » 03:35 Thu 19 Oct 2017

I'm not AHB, he may or may not differ, in my experiences a good bottle of it should hold until 2025 with ease.

Glenn E.
Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
Posts: 3341
Joined: 22:27 Wed 09 Jul 2008
Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Re: 1955 Croft

Post by Glenn E. » 15:53 Thu 19 Oct 2017

In my relatively limited experience, 1955 VPs range from currently at peak/on a plateau to already fading. I don't recall having tasted one that I thought was still going to improve with further aging.

Most of the ones on a plateau - which as I recall included the Croft - should hold until 2025. Some may have started a gentle fade by then, but I very much doubt that any will have fallen off a cliff. So I think you should be safe saving your bottle until its 70th birthday.
Glenn Elliott

User avatar
gerwin.degraaf
Fonseca LBV
Posts: 142
Joined: 20:59 Thu 02 Jul 2009
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1955 Croft

Post by gerwin.degraaf » 21:10 Thu 19 Oct 2017

Andy, Glenn,
Thanks for your reactions.

Given the good level of my remaining bottle, I will keep it untill its 70th birthday in 2025 :-)

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: AHB and 12 guests