Grape(s): Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Localization: Douro, Portugal
Tasting Notes: The nose is fruity, fresh, and offers a beautiful ripe/crunchy fruit. It reveals notes of Quetsche plum, fleshy strawberry, and slight notes of cherry, blackberry associated with a subtle touch of flowers, a subtle hint of almond, cocoa, sweet spices, a very discreet hint of violet as well as an imperceptible hint of pepper and orange zest. The palate is fruity, mineral, well-balanced, and offers beautiful finesse, beautiful juiciness, a slight suavity, a good definition, a slight acid frame, gourmandize as well as beautiful fruit. On the palate, this Porto expresses notes of fleshy blackberry, plum, and fleshy strawberry combined with slight touches of cherry, cocoa, toasted oak as well as subtle touches of vanilla, caramelization, sweet spices, and a very discreet hint of orange (on the finish). Tannins are fine and slightly tight. Good length.
Food pairing: Blue Cheese with Honey, Candied Pecans, Dried Fruits, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, Creme Brulee, Pecan Pie, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Squares
96 points Decanter Wine Awards Gold Medal: Deep and youthful in color; very elegant on the nose with expressive floral fruit; similarly elegant and supple on the palate with some maturity evident, succulent berry fruit backed by firm tannins. A really lovely wine, well over halfway to a good vintage Port.”
The Domain: Butler, Nephew & Cº. was founded in Oporto in 1730. The company’s traditional crusted port mimics the style and quality of a vintage port, with powerful aromas and complex, intense notes of plum, raisins, spice, and hints of eucalyptus note overripe berry fruit.
Unlike Vintage Port, which has to be made from grapes from a single harvest, Crusted Port gives the company port blender the opportunity to use the best quality characteristics of different vintages.
Crusted Port is bottled unfiltered, and as the name indicates it will form a “crust”, sediment in the bottle. Decant this unfiltered, multi-vintage bargain just like vintage, and savor its finesse along with its moreish price—all the tastier considering this wine was bottled in 2004.