Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserva 2013


For more than a century now, the Roquette family have owned the 130-hectare estate, 70 hectares of it planted to the traditional vines of the Douro Valley, clinging precariously to their schistous perch above the river. When you want to create new vineyards here, you often need to use dynamite – as the Roquettes discovered when establishing their new vineyard at Quinta da Cabreira high in the Douro Superior. Crasto was among the pioneers of table wine in the Douro, devoting much time and resource to unfortified winemaking when most of its neighbours remained 100% focused on Port. The red wines are among the best-regarded in Portugal, including a quartet of single varietal and single vineyard bottlings whose scarcity makes them much sought-after when they hit the market each winter.TASTING NOTE 

A brick red colour, with i

ntense and lifted oak aromas of cigar box, tobacco leaf, spices, cedar and vanilla, combined with fresh dark berries and ripe plums. 
A rich full and round palate of great balance, displaying rich Douro berry fruit characters, with integrated oak tannins and a great length of finish

Wine from parcels of old, low yielding vines with up to 30 different grape varieties are kept back for ageing in French and American oak barrels for up to 18 months. A high proportion of the grapes used in the blend are foot trodden in lagares. The wine may be drunk soon after its release but has the depth and concentration to develop in bottle over the long term. It is a complex, powerful wine with great intensity and a richly textured palate. It is always bottled without any fining or filtration. 

14.5% abv

Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserva 2013
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