Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, October 23, 2006

An Ageing Gentleman - 1970 Croft Porto

I bought this wine when my daughter was born and laid it away until she was twenty-one. At that stage, it was a healthy dark red strapling that filled the mouth with round sweet lushness that coated your mouth and lingered a very long time. Of course, it was great with Stilton and other strong flavored cheese. Now, at the ripe old age of thirty-six, it is almost tawny in color, a pale rose mahogany that has shed tons of tannin and left vast quantities of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It has a lovely nose of wood, cherries, and vanilla, and feels smooth and delicate as it passes your lips. It is elegant and delicate, a reflective wine. You could spend hours contemplating it's nuances before a crackling fire. And it is still great with Stilton. Like a great friend, this wine has mellowed as it ages. Of course, this wine must be decanted to avoid all the sediment.

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