Quinta do Crasto Douro Superior Red 2011

Red Blends from Portugal

$24.99
Item No. 130360
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • W&S93
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes, coming from our property Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior sub-region, were taken to the winery in plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on a sorting table on arrival. The grapes were then completely de-stemmed and slightly crushed. After this, the must was transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine was aged for12 months in French oak barrels.

Critical Acclaim

"The Roquette family’s historic quinta is located on the north bank of the Douro, downriver from Pinhão. This wine comes from a property far upriver, in the Douro Superior. Quinta da Cabreira is near the border with Spain, where the Roquettes farm a block of mixed old vines and plan to plant a total of 282 acres. The exceptional 2011 vintage at this estate includes tourigas nacional and franca, tinta roriz, a little sousão and a small contribution from the old vines, a wine that reminded one of our tasters of a Rostaing Côte-Rôtie, for its floral notes and the interplay of red and black fruit. While saturated with clean, plummy fruit, satisfyingly rich, this remains elegant, a balanced line drive of flavor that continues long after each taste."
93 Points

Learn About Quinta do Crasto Map ItMap It

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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Learn About Portugal

Portugal The country best known for Port, Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still wines - but take note! The table wines of the region have improved dramatically in the past few decades. The winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east. Notable...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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