1955 Croft

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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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.
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gerwin.degraaf
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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?

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