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.
|Score: 92/95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Beautiful aromas of violets and blueberries with hints of blue slate. Full body, medium sweet with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. A leafy, stemmy, nutty undertone to this with hints of shaved milk chocolate. Very refined and beautiful. 5,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2021.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 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. 5,000 cases made.
|Score: 97||Kim Marcus, WineSpectator.com, October 2013|
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.
|Score: 90||Derek Smedley MW, May 2013|
An opaque bright purple colour with a thick viscous texture and density. The wine has a potent opulence with super-intense black cherry, rich 'figgy pudding' and exotic minty eucalyptus character; complex and impressive. On the palate there is a wonderfully polished velvety and silky texture. This is smooth, intensely sweet and ripe but perfectly balanced by a robust and sumptuously ripe tannic structure. Layers of texture and complexity, warm rounded and generous but with precision, freshness and focus too - this is a great result from Croft and punches well above its weight and price point in this vintage. Recommended.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, May 2013|