2004 Croft LBV

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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2004 Croft LBV

Post by AHB » 21:39 Sat 07 Feb 2015

One of the £3 half bottles liberated from Tesco about 4 years ago. Deep red colour, opaque centre but a wide transparent rim. Toffee and dusty blackberries on the nose, not much coming out of the glass. Gently balanced entry, soft but peppery tannins give lovely support to a mouthful of modest blackcurrant fruit; nice structure and complexity, lovely mouthfeel and modest body to the port. Ground black pepper on the aftertaste, then a finish of black chocolate and dried blackcurrants. Great length and volume of flavours on the finish. Very tasty LBV. Still drinking nicely. 87/100. Drunk 7 Feb 2015 after a 30 minute decant.
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Chris Doty
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Re: 2004 Croft LBV

Post by Chris Doty » 08:33 Sun 08 Feb 2015

god bless supermarket lbv.

87 is a good QPR for 6 quid, at least on the AHB scale.

I find the finish on LBVs so crucial to my overall enjoyment of them, and based on your note, this seems like one to try. In general, I find life too short to drink plonk port, but I will say that it seems that with every passing year/vintage/etc the quality, across the spectrum, increases.

now will you please join us for lunch on the 15th?

woo woo
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Re: 2004 Croft LBV

Post by AHB » 23:20 Sun 08 Feb 2015

This particular port does represent great value; I enjoy drinking it from time to time. A word of warning to anyone else who still has some - I didn't decant the bottle and the last glass was loaded with an astonishing amount of sludge for a relatively young LBV.
Chris Doty wrote:now will you please join us for lunch on the 15th?
As much as I'd love to, I can't. If I'm even in the UK I will be committed to family stuff.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Taylor 2010 LBV
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Re: 2004 Croft LBV

Post by DRT » 22:31 Thu 12 Feb 2015

Details of an offer to buy this port moved to here by DRT.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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