Port Porto Gran Cruz Vintage, 1998
Reviews of purchase Porto Gran Cruz Vintage, 1998
The wine is a deep dark ruby color.
Wine charms good structure and rich, juicy, rich taste with a long velvety finish.
Wine impressive powerful, concentrated aroma in which tones of blackberry and other black berries intertwined with hints of chocolate and leather.
Port wine is perfect in its pure form as a digestif and as accompaniment to a good cigar. It can offer to fruit and berry desserts, coffee, candied fruits, nuts, chocolate and blue cheese.
The company Gran Cruz Porto, initially bearing the name Assuncao, was founded in 1887 by entrepreneurs who had a stock of old port. When in 1974 there was a coup in Portugal, it was stored in the cellars of about 4 million liters of aged port. In search of a safer place owners of the company moved to Brazil, where he began to think about selling their business, but because of the social instability in Portugal, no one dared to put money into it. In those, the current director of the company, M. Rocha Pinto, has entered the wine business circles of the elite, he was able to convince the owners of the French company La Martiniquaise buy a promising business for which, in turn, it was a good opportunity to become both an importer and exporter of port . Thus, the French company acquired a 95% equity Assuncao, and the remaining 5% bought Rocha Pinto, renaming the company in Gran Cruz.
Traditionally, the production of port wine harvest begins in September, and then squeeze the juice of the grape, and two days been subjected to fermentation, the wine rested in the winter and spring of port wine cellars wine merchants went to the opposite bank of the river Douro. Many years this road to be overcome on the special flat-bottomed sailing barges (boats "Rabelo"). As a tribute to the magnificent history of the company Gran Cruz revived this tradition, sail boats belonging to it are red and black.
Today Gran Cruz is one of the main producers of Port wine, sold in more than 30 countries. In the cellars of the company it is now an impressive stock of wine stored in more than 200 barrels, holds about 35 thousand. Liters of port. These drums were made by hand and each of them is unique. Age of the youngest vintage ports - 3 years, and some wines are aged for 10-30 years.