The first tastings of the 2009 Vintage Ports, in the UK, Portugal and more recently the USA, have drawn an enthusiastic response from key wine media and trade. Tasting notes and ratings from leading wine critics and publications can be found on the Taylor, Vargellas Vinha Velha, Fonseca and Croft pages of this site. The latest accolades come from the July issue of the leading Portuguese wine magazine Revista dos Vinhos which awards the Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha 2009 a near perfect score of 19.5 out of 20. Taylor and Fonseca follow up with 19 and 18.5 respectively.
Croft continues to impress as it approaches the tenth anniversary of its acquisition by The Fladgate Partnership and return to family ownership. The house is now firmly re-established as a top vintage Port producer but its Vintage Ports remain exceptional value. As Neal Martin commented in his article on the 2009 Vintage Ports for eRobertParker.com, “The Croft 2009 reaffirms my opinion that this is really a house on the up… (…) Given its price, Croft comes highly recommended.”