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Crasto 2011

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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)

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Quinta do Crasto:
Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhão. The quinta covers 130 hectares, of which 70 are planted with grade “A” vineyards. Sitting on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Like other great Douro quintas, its origins lie in ancient ti... Read more
Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhão. The quinta covers 130 hectares, of which 70 are planted with grade “A” vineyards. Sitting on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Like other great Douro quintas, its origins lie in ancient times (the name CRASTO comes from the Latin word castrum, a Roman fort). References to Quinta do Crasto date as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the world’s first demarcated wine region in 1756. Large investments were made over the last years to restructure the vineyards and install modern winery equipment, guaranteeing the production of high quality table wines, such as Crasto Douro Red, Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines, single variety wines (100 % Touriga Nacional and 100% Tinta Roriz) and single vineyard wines (Vinha da Ponte and Vinha Maria Teresa), as well as top port wine categories such as Late Bottled Vintage and Vintage Port. While using state-of-the-art vinification technology, the quinta has always retained its traditional foot treading method in granite tanks, called “lagares”. All the investments made in the past combined with the tradition and passion that is put into the wine making, has given Quinta do Crasto a prominent name in wine market scene, at home and abroad. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Crasto

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,057
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 07/16/2013

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,057
3.00 5
09/19/2013

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,057
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 09/19/2013

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


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,057
4.40 5
Vintage: 2012 07/16/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,057
4.30 5
09/19/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,861
3.50 5
09/04/2014

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.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,057
4.40 5
Vintage: 2010 09/19/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Breno Tinoco
826482308
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/22/2011

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 .


Snooth User: FineLiquids de
45229675
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/24/2010

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.


Snooth User: rcwine1
82669342
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/25/2011

Four glasses


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External Reviews for Crasto

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2008 04/10/2011

Die Farbe zeigt ein sattes Rubinrot. Im Mund sanfte rote Früchte, etwas Brombeere und Kirschesund süsse, reife Tannine zusammen mit einer milden Säure.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 12/18/2014

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/10/2013

The 2007 TINTO (just labeled andldquo;Crastoandrdquo; because some of the fruit comes from Crastoandrsquo;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 nowandndash;2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 06/19/2013

Rich, mature black currant fruit. Good tannins, medium weight, delicate, long finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 06/30/2010

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

Lively aromas and flavors of blueberry and cherry are reminiscent of a cru Beaujolais. The light, spicy finish features sandalwood notes. Drink now.


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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)

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