Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines ( Vinhas Velhas ) Douro Red Blend 2016

$41.99

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. 93+ Points Robert Parker:  "The 2016 Reserva Old Vines (an average age of 70 years) represents 37 of Crasto's 42 plots and/or small vineyards of old vines. It was aged for 16 to 18 months, depending on lot, in 65% new oak (85/15 French and American) and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Solid in the mid-palate, this has impressive depth and a seductive demeanor. The finish lingers beautifully. After an initial creamy hit of texture, it becomes silkier and sensual. Beautifully balanced, this has moderate tannins. It drank well after some hours of double decanting, but it is not really ready to drink. It will be much better around 2023, although it is approachable." 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

Ryan Vento

Melted dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cigar box, dried tobacco leaves, plums, raisins, and molasses.

Melted dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cigar box, dried tobacco leaves, plums, raisins, and molasses.

9.2

Ryan Vento

Been drinking this selection for years and it always impresses. Popped the cork about 1.5-2 hours prior to consumption and that did the trick. Voluptuous plum, tobacco, frothy mocha, mint, Luxardo syrup. Lovely depth and a great finish.

Been drinking this selection for years and it always impresses. Popped the cork about 1.5-2 hours prior to consumption and that did the trick. Voluptuous plum, tobacco, frothy mocha, mint, Luxardo syrup. Lovely depth and a great finish.

9.2

Amanda

Dark fruit, dry, pepper

Dark fruit, dry, pepper

10

Ryan Vento

Love this wine and love this producer. Immensely fresh tasting fruit. Delicious.

Love this wine and love this producer. Immensely fresh tasting fruit. Delicious.

9.2

Mario Morais

Bordering on legendary. Two bottles with a green egg smoked organic pork shoulder; incredible! Incrível, comprei no aeroporto de Lisboa duty free. _ Mário

Bordering on legendary. Two bottles with a green egg smoked organic pork shoulder; incredible! Incrível, comprei no aeroporto de Lisboa duty free. _ Mário

9.1

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