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Quinta Do Crasto Douro Superior 2011

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"The 2011 Tinto Crasto is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, 95% aged and fermented in tank with the rest in French oak for 12 months.... A nice follow-up to the lovely 2010 Tinto, this is of course younger, more exuberant and fresher, with a richer demeanor – although that to a considerable extent is merely because this is newly bottled and the 2010 has an extra year of age. This is also a bit more “lifted” in the way the fruit is presented, but right at this moment, they seem roughly on par, this bottling having become quite consistent as well as routinely delicious. As noted earlier, I believe that these can hold a bit, but what they do best is be fresh and pure, so this is the one I’d pick at the moment and in the long run it will be a slightly better wine than the 2010. They don’t turn into anything special, though, so don’t hesitate to dive in. It is going to be great this year." -eRobertParker.com

Region: Portugal » Douro

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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 Quinta Do Crasto Douro Superior

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,191
3.50 5
09/19/2013

A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Sousão and mixed old vines From a property purchased in 2002 with vines planted from 2002 to 2009 but this is made with an additional 30% of mixed blacks from old vines on a nearby property they also purchased. This spends 12 months in oak, 20% new 80% used. Pretty perfumed nose that's inky, floral and plummy with, a touch of integrated oak and a hint of layex VA that yields to some earthy and sour cherry aromas. Round and open if bright on entry, with nice dusty tannins that helps this broaden on the palate. Retaining good transparency and a lot of late palate intensity to the fruit, this gains a stony note on the backend as the fruit turns bright with pithy accents to the sour plum flavors. there’s a little sweetness here accompanying the pretty fruit on the moderately long finish. 88pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,191
4.40 5
09/19/2013

Four and a half glasses



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"The 2011 Tinto Crasto is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, 95% aged and fermented in tank with the rest in French oak for 12 months.... A nice follow-up to the lovely 2010 Tinto, this is of course younger, more exuberant and fresher, with a richer demeanor – although that to a considerable extent is merely because this is newly bottled and the 2010 has an extra year of age. This is also a bit more “lifted” in the way the fruit is presented, but right at this moment, they seem roughly on par, this bottling having become quite consistent as well as routinely delicious. As noted earlier, I believe that these can hold a bit, but what they do best is be fresh and pure, so this is the one I’d pick at the moment and in the long run it will be a slightly better wine than the 2010. They don’t turn into anything special, though, so don’t hesitate to dive in. It is going to be great this year." -eRobertParker.com

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