Sweet rich dark fruit on nose gives velvet-soft impression. Palate has good richness and a nice bright edge to the flavour. A little looser-textured with the backbone showing through very slightly on the end, but the finish drives quite well on the velvet tannins and soft black fruit. Rating: 92-92 L&S (May 2013)
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The nose has the freshness and leanness of red fruits quite aromatic with hints of violets. The palate has the same freshness at the start but fills out with more of a black fruit mix backed by aromatic spices and pine needles. The black fruits that show on the finish give it depth and richness of flavour. 2030-50 Rating: 90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Effusively juicy, rich and concentrated, showing plenty of snap to the crisp and well-spiced flavors of wild berry, dark currant and plum tart. Orange-infused chocolate notes linger on the exotic, mocha-filled finish. Best from 2020 through 2045. Rating: 97-97 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com (Sep 2013)
The 2011 Croft is initially taciturn on the nose, even after allowing it 20 minutes in my glass. A light swirling immediately awakens the aromatics to offer blackberry, Seville orange marmalade, blueberries and dried fig – complex and quite compelling. There is real mineralité within this bouquet that, returning after 30 minutes, offers alluring ocean spray scents rolling in off the ocean. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety-smooth opening that belies the fine, structured tannins underneath. It clams up a little towards the finish, shuts the lid tight and consequently there is the sensation of less persistency here compared to the Taylor’s or Fonseca. But Croft has a knack of filling out with bottle age and becomes both gentle and generous with the passing years. Tasted May 2013. Rating: 92-95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2013)
Not one of the deepest colours. Rather smudgy, indistinct nose. Something a bit vegy/herby about this wine. More open than most. Almost as though it is made to sit under the Fonseca and Taylor from this stable. Agreeable but not the most ambitious. Slightly sudden dry finish. Just a tad spindly. 2030 - 2050. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2013)
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