Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserva Old Vines 2009
Red Blends from Portugal
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #3 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2008
Brick red in color with intense and lifted complex aromas of spices and wild Douro bush (Esteva)
combined with fresh red wild berries. Great complexity. The mouthfeel is impressive and elegant upfront, developing to a rich, full and round
palate, of great balance. This wine displays rich Douro berry fruit characteristics with integrated oak tannins and great length on the finish.
"Old vines in this case means an average of 70 years, from a vineyard that is a mix of different varieties. The result is impressive, very floral with sweet black fruit, licorice and the ripest of tannins. Age this wine for 5-6 years. Cellar Selection."
"The 2009 Reserva "Old Vines" is a Douro stalwart that has crept up in price over the last several years, but in fairness – it was cheaper in the USA than in Portugal for the most part and it competes well with Crasto's higher priced entrants in most years. So, too, this year. Once again, I look at this and it seems equal or superior to more expensive wines, particularly including Crasto's. So, it's hard to complain. Powerful, focused and intense, this is ripe and delicious, but it has the structure to support the fruit and oak and some pretty good acidity. If you like them sexy, sweet and rich, this qualifies. If you like them elegant in the mid-palate and structured, it does that, too. It did calm down with air, even if it is burlier than usual, certainly a very different wine than the more compact, elegant, but utterly charming 2008 that I loved. While not as big on the "wow" factor as some of the so-called upper level wines, it's probably Crasto's best and best balanced upper level wine this year, not completely immune to impressions of alcohol, but handling it very well and combining a lot of virtues successfully. This is not really in a great place now – two to three years in the cellar could help a lot. Drink 2014-2023. "
The Wine Advocate
"Rich, fruity and lush, delivering well-defined plum and cherry flavors that are filled with plenty of cream and spice notes. A molten chocolate accent marks the finish. Drink now through 2017."
Incredibly good! Got to buy more Portugese reds
The Douro region is one of those idem gems, and Quinta do Crasto one of best examples. This bottle is a very good illustration of their abilities, and a great value for the money. Highly recommended.
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Located in the heart of the Douro Valley, on the right bank of the river mid-way between Regua and Pinhao, Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Nestled on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto dates back to ancient times. The name Crasto is derived from the Latin word castrum, or Roman fort. With...
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The country best known for Port,
Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still
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winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east.
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