89 points Wine Spectator: Offers an effusive aroma of red fruits, with intense, lively flavors to match, including boysenberry, blueberry and blackberry flanked up by expressive notes of underbrush and spice. The finish shows notes of spice and crushed stone. Drink now through 2017. (6/15/13)
Editorial Reviews for Crasto
2006 was first vintage, granitic soils, 600 meters above sea level, fermented for almost 45 days at 12 to 14 degrees, 2.4 grams per liter, using a cultivated yeast strain from the Douro, Orange blossoms and citrusy aromas greet the nose followed by a bit of melon with a dusty base note and fruit that is rather Quincy Sauvignon Blanc like, except floral tinged rather than herbal. At first this seems a little sweet then the wine’s high acidity kicks in lending nice dusty cut to the lime/citrus fruit that shows good length with lots of grapefruit on the finish. There’s a bit pith and slightly pithiness bitterness on the finish as well. A pretty zesty wine that should appeal to Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. 88pts
A blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca e Touriga Nacional from relatively young vineyard with some vines up to 30 years old. Little oak used, in this vintage 5% 85% French, and 15% American, Buttery and dusty on the nose with perfumes of faded roses, cracked pepper and spicy red fruit with a hint of VA. Easy drinking on entry with a round softness on the palate and simple, slightly sweet cut plum fruit with an inky edge and a hint of juniper leading to a short slightly chunky cocoa dusted finish, 85pts
Aged in 100% new French oak Tight, cocoa, cafe au lait and nutty almost almond toned aromas greet the nose along with deep, violet laced plummy fruit. Rather broad shouldered and structured in the mouth with slightly angular tannins and good acidity, this is a bit tight and blocky in the mouth,turning tough and a bit chewy on the modest finish. Inky and a bit anonymous today, this is obviously well made and long but without much detail or nuance. 88pts
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
Don't not let the modesty of this entry fool you: here is a wine with wonderful berry and plum nose with a savage nature that compels and does not alienate. The palate is soft, luscious and just a teeny bit sweet with blackberry, wild huckleberry and other flavors of a wilder state. Balanced, full with a hint of bitters, this wine is a steal. 88 points.
Four and a half glasses
Wonderful wine. The living violet colour cleary. The smells complexy aromas , oak, red fruits and terciary aromas with harmony.Perfect Equilibrium in the mouth. Rigth to drink .
Fruity nose with aromas of raspberry, soft an harmonic on the palate with some fine tannins. Medium volume not to persitant on the palate. Will go very good with red meat. Not a solist.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Crasto
Die Farbe zeigt ein sattes Rubinrot. Im Mund sanfte rote Früchte, etwas Brombeere und Kirschesund süsse, reife Tannine zusammen mit einer milden Säure.
This red wine speaks of Portugal. It's plush with dark fruits, and espresso foam. Very rich and full of lively character on the palate. A great match for meat-based fare.
This simple red is all fruit in its primary grape flavors of blackberries and currants. For leitão, Portugal’s roast suckling pig.
Rich, mature black currant fruit. Good tannins, medium weight, delicate, long finish.
This simple red is all fruit in its primary grape flavors of blackberries and currants. For leitandatilde;o, Portugalandrsquo;s roast suckling pig.
The 2007 TINTO (just labeled “Crasto” because some of the fruit comes from Crasto’s vineyards outside of the official Quinta do Crasto) is a blend of Tinta Roriz (35%), Tinta Barroca (25%), Touriga Franca (25%) and Touriga Nacional (15%). It is charming and pleasing, but rather light and compact, likely to be refreshing, but early maturing. This is fun, but it has a certain straightforward simplicity to it. Drink now–2014.
From the blistering Douro (traditionally more renowned for port than table wine) comes this hot-blooded red from Quinta do Crasto. You can literally taste the heat emanating from the stony soil as flavors of dried cherry and stewed plum burst out of this gamy, medium bodied wine. Firm tannins keep these ebullient proceedings in order.
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