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Croft Vintage Port 2000

Estimated cost of this Croft Vintage Port 2000 bottle of 750 ml is 38 Euro.

Taste notes right after decanting

Dark red with brown notes in the colour

Has a heavy swing to it already, leaves heavy curtains on the sides of the glass

Deep dark fruit with a spiced side in the aroma. Well performing right after opening the bottle.

Warm alcohol, full bodied taste with a dark side to it, though on the weak side. Slight notes of dried fruits with short after taste.

Intermediate rating 88 /100

3 hours after decanting

The alcohol has become more dominant in the aroma and there is no change to the taste.

Intermediate rating 87 /100

7 hours after decanting

Enhanced on the sweet notes, much more open, alcohol is less warm. A specific raisin taste has come forward. 

Tannin’s are still well alive and gives a good play.

Intermediate rating 90 /100

22 hours after decanting

Red as blood.

Still some alcohol in the aroma but certainly with a much more spicy and mysterious darkness about it.

Still bite from the tannin, warmth from the alcohol and a good full bodied taste.

Clear taste of dried fruits in taste and after taste.

Overall rating 90 / 100

Gould Campell Vintage Port 1980

Gould Campell was founded in 1797 by Garret Gould. Through the years and many wars, the brand survived and was a well-established name in Great Britain. In 1970 the company was bought up and became a part of the Symington family business. The brand Gould Campell was discontinued in 2015 due to economical reasons.

This 750 ml bottle of vintage port at 20% can be found at around 53 Euro from wine shops in Europe.

Taste notes right after decanting

A very fine looking cork, in such a good shape that it has to be re-corked at some point.

Dark red colour with brown notes.

Darkness and dried fruits in the aroma. Clear notes of oak casks but yet dominated by the alcohol.

Warm alcohol, early signs of balance with a dry tannin and acid. Sweet fruit notes with a good raisin in the after taste. Spicy and slightly mysterious.

Intermediate rating 87 /100 

3 hours after decanting

Colour has changed for a more bloody expression.

Less alcohol in the aroma.

The dried fruit notes in the taste had become more full bodied.

Good and sweet wine.

Intermediate rating 90 /100 

6 hours after decanting

Balance has settled for a perfect mix of sweet fruit and tannin. It is as close to drinking candy as it can get for this wine.

Overall rating 91 / 100

Dow Vintage Port 2004 Quinta do Bomfim

Taste notes right after decanting

Perfect cork, not a single spot of mold or leaking. Some sediment in the bottle.

Thin blood red colour with heavy curtains in the glass.

Sweet fruit and some spices in the aroma, but dominated by alcohol.

Dry tannin, sweet grapes and with a young strength in the taste. Good after taste.

Suitable for maturing further.

Intermediate rating 84 /100

4 hours after decanting

Colour has changed for a darker red.

Still a dominating alcohol in the aroma, but also with a more dark spice to it.

Good warmth in the drink, balanced fruits, sweet raisins with a biting tannin.

Intermediate rating 88 /100

6 hours after decanting

Taste and aroma has gotten softer, sweeter and more accessible.

Overall rating 89 / 100