This late bottled Vintage shows brooding black cherry fruit with a huge cedary core. A straightforward wine with a fine dark colour, ripe and mouth filling and rounded off by sweet finish.
(2011 vintage) Chocolate, Morello cherry and black fruit notes are complemented by licquorice, clove and sweet baking spices. A really luscious example of LBV that has a sumptuous complexity and balance. Very approachable now but it has plenty of years ahead of it as it is harmonious and structured. High-class stuff. Drink 2018 – 2030.
- The Most Exciting Wines of 2016, Decanter Magazine, January 2017
(2011 vintage) "Very deep crimson. Rich and deeply fruited on the nose, black fruit in spades, with a hint of dark chocolate and an attractively dusty/smoky quality. But it is the glorious fruit that trumps all else. On the palate, deep and sweet and generous, with just enough acidity to balance all that gorgeous fruit. Creamy blackberry and chocolate on the finish. What a great vintage this is."
- Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016
(2011 vintage) "...traditional LBVs are a super value, perhaps the very best in Port. Add a terrific vintage to a traditional producer and there is not much to question here. Opening soft, lush and seductive, this expands in the glass and follows through with some tannic pop. It has a firm, tight finish. The expressive fruit is delicious now. As the vertical I did some time ago proved, though, these will age, acquire complexity and keep getting better. A few days later, it was showing fine definition of fruit and wonderful freshness that lifted and delivered the fruit to the palate. It seemed elegant all the while. This will have to evolve nicely to match the brilliant 1994 and 1997 in Crasto's oeuvre, but it seems right on track. In particular, it has that old school finesse that reminds me of some high-end Port. There's nothing clumsy here. It is well worth leaning up at the moment. Put it away for a few years and let it come together and show more complexity. It really needs a year or three to calm down in terms of tannic pop, but even after that it will gain complexity. There is no rush and it will offer a lot more if you wait until around 2022. Of course, if you buy enough, there is no reason to choose just one option." Scored 93/100
- Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com, April 2016