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1963 Croft Vintage Port (high to mid shoulder fill, torn label)

SKU #980046 92 points Vinous

 The 1963 Croft Vintage Port comes from a pivotal vintage in the Douro. The nose is well defined and quite feminine with an exotic element in the background that never comes to the fore. The palate displays good concentration and balance but is let down in terms of complexity and length, a Croft 'playing it safe,' conservative and reluctant to take chances. It has a certain elegance to it, but I would punt for either the 1960 or 1966 Croft. (NM)  (6/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Has great elegance and harmony, and should continue to improve for many years. Medium ruby-red, with very fresh plum aromas, medium-bodied, with very delicate fresh fruit flavors, lively acidity and a delicate finish. (JS, Web Only-1989)

Jancis Robinson

 Rich and raisiny. Light nose. More than a hint of those cough sweets - Fisherman’s Friend – about it. Fully mature. (JR) 19/20  (7/2007)

K&L Notes

It's a fine time to discover the joys of vintage port, like this 55-year-old Croft from a great year, and at a great price considering all its years spent in the cellar. Wine critic Jancis Robinson explained why, in JancisRobinson.com: "This is a luxurious but broad recommendation. Good quality port is one of the longest-living wines we can buy. If you're a fan of vintage port it really does make sense to age it for decades if you can - or at least to hunt down trustworthy sources of seriously senior examples. There was a time a few years ago when the likes of Oxbridge colleges and London gentlemen's clubs were selling off their port stocks as though they had some terrible contagious disease, so I wish you well in tracking down some of these bottles....Vintage port from the 1960s is now at its delicious peak, preferably from the vintage celebrating its half century, 1963, but neither the rather more delicate 1966s nor 1960s are to be sniffed at." (12/2013) "A beautiful Port from a legendary vintage. Tannins have melded into the wine and the sweet dried red fruit notes and tea leaf notes are gorgeous. Long finish. Tasted in: Hong Kong, China." (Jeannie Cho Lee, 7/2014)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2015 | Send Email
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Delicious right now. celebrate your 52nd birthday with this gem. Tons of sediment. cb
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