Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines ( Vinhas Velhas ) Douro Red Blend 2012

$39.99

This discovery is one of Portugal's finest red wines from the Duoro Valley.  A rich, full and round red with a great finish.  Don't miss. 94 Points Wine Spectator:  "Powerful, rich and refined, with a lithe mouthfeel and flavors of boysenberry, sandalwood, macerated cherry and damson plum. Very minerally as well, with loads of spicy notes on the well-structured, lingering finish. Very elegant. Drink now through 2022. 7,750 cases made." 93 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2012 Reserva Old Vines, Crasto's familiar brand, is easily the best intersection of price and quality in Crasto's 2012s, although that is frequently true. It comes awfully close to being the best wine, too. It is a very fine performance in this restrained year. It was aged for 18 months in barriques (85% French). With more depth and persistence than any of the other bottlings Crasto submitted this issue, excepting only the Vinha da Ponte, it shows nice depth for a 2012, fine structure with persistence and tension on the finish and that crisp, invigorating air that Crasto's 2012s display. It is a creature of the vintage--but a very pretty creature it is. It is not as lush as some entrants in this brand or as deep, but few have had this lively feel to them. It is pretty delicious, too. It will be approachable young, but give it a couple of years if you can. It should also age well, given its acidity and real backbone. It is perhaps noteworthy that Crasto cut out three southern-facing vineyards from the blend this year, and also added in most of the fruit that would otherwise go to Maria Teresa, another of its specialty wines. There were 93,000 bottles produced....Crasto's 2012s are among the best I saw in 2012, a year that showed a lot of bright and refreshing wines, but not a lot of astonishing ones. They all have a theme in common. They are true to the vintage: crisp, invigorating, good acidity, not the best depth ever seen, but very lively. Overall, it is a charming and intensely flavorful group." Brix26 Inside Scoop:  Quinta do Crasto, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, was  purchased by Constantino de Almeida, a partner in the Port house of Constantino, in 1910. ln 1981, Constantino de Almeida’s granddaughter Leonor (“Tita”) and her husband Jorge Roquette took over the Quinta, determined to restore and revitalize the family estate. Following the change in Portuguese law (allowing single quintas to bottle and export wine), Crasto has been producing and exporting table and port wines since 1994. The perseverance and commitment of the Roquette family has restored Quinta do Crasto to its rightful status as one of the great family estates of the Douro. 

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Ratings on Delectable

Gadi Karpel Delectable Pro

91/100 Vintage 2012

91/100 Vintage 2012

9.1

Pierre Costa Delectable Pro

This is my 100th wine review and couldn't be better. Lots of black and red fruit followed by a wonderful mix of purple flowers and subtle oak notes. Well balanced and concentrated.

This is my 100th wine review and couldn't be better. Lots of black and red fruit followed by a wonderful mix of purple flowers and subtle oak notes. Well balanced and concentrated.

9.6

Eric Urbani Delectable Pro

Best Portugal red I've had - and a real bargain. 40-80 year old vines.

Best Portugal red I've had - and a real bargain. 40-80 year old vines.

9.2

John Howard Delectable Pro

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

Big black cherry/raspberry fruit, Big barrel spice, dark chocolate, heavy floral aromatics, old ladies closet/moth balls, a bit too hot on alcohol.

Big black cherry/raspberry fruit, Big barrel spice, dark chocolate, heavy floral aromatics, old ladies closet/moth balls, a bit too hot on alcohol.

9.0

Sean Calder Delectable Pro

Blogger Vinifico! The Original Vancouver Wine Blog

This was delicious - with dark plum, spice and a distinct mineral edge. It should age really well.

This was delicious - with dark plum, spice and a distinct mineral edge. It should age really well.

9.2

Adam Jesberger Delectable Pro

Polished and very cab like. Long finish of nice oak.

Polished and very cab like. Long finish of nice oak.

8.9

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

Fantastic, classic, the usual top quality you expect from Crasto.

Fantastic, classic, the usual top quality you expect from Crasto.

8.9

Jan Lövgren

Very good today, even better in 5 years.

Very good today, even better in 5 years.

9.2

Hanibal

one of those decisions that you regret having after a few years....how much wood/vanilla can one have in a wine ? wow even after this time it only smells like vanilla. Fruit is gone....this is not going anywhere

one of those decisions that you regret having after a few years....how much wood/vanilla can one have in a wine ? wow even after this time it only smells like vanilla. Fruit is gone....this is not going anywhere

8.7

Mike Holzer

Good nose lots of black fruit. Big mouth feel. Long length. Delicious. 1 more bottle left.

Good nose lots of black fruit. Big mouth feel. Long length. Delicious. 1 more bottle left.

9.2

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