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Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Opaque color, with deep purple hints. Complex and intense on the nose, showing fresh berry fruit aromas, elegant floral notes and hints of fresh spice. Engaging and elegant beginning that leads to a voluminous and powerful wine, which combines round, finely-textured tannins with notes of fresh berry fruit. The finish is lingering and balanced. A charming, distinctive wine that will evolve in the bottle for many years. Composed of various grape varieties sourced from old vines.

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WS 96
Wine Spectator
A complex, elegant red, with rich notes of Asian spice and Bourbon vanilla flanking the luscious flavors of Christmas pudding and hoisin sauce. Features intense accents of chocolate mousse midpalate, followed by a creamy finish. Drink now through 2024.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Vinha da Ponte is part of this issue's vertical. As with the 2010 to some extent, this won't be confused with the most powerful or intense Ponte, but the restraint and balance is actually quite endearing here. If anything, this is slightly better than the 2010, especially right now. It is showing less oak impact, expressive fruit, and is more lifted showing that generally fine balance that it always showed. As Ponte goes, this is sedate and approachable on the early side. It is actually quite drinkable now, after some aeration. It does tighten on the finish with aeration, but it is still surprisingly civilized and fresh. Its elegance makes it a pleasure to drink. It is going to a precocious beauty, but it is a touch compact and I'm not sure it will develop as well as some.
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Quinta do Crasto, Portugal
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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 its commanding unobstructed view of the river, it is not difficult to imagine why the Romans would choose to occupy such a strategic site. Quinta do Crasto produces different styles of port and table wines each year. Together with their winemakers and their entire team, they seek to produce year after year wines that display the unique and beautiful characteristics of the Douro, through a tireless devotion to tradition, integrity and excellence.
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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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