External Reviews for Xisto
An International Tour of Wine Options for the Holiday Season/ "Xisto" is a most impressive inaugural release.
/ A whopping wine in every sense. Concentrated. Ripe berry fruit flavors mingle with exotic spice and chocolate. Has great length, and needs at least another five years to reach its peak.
Wine from the Titan's playground/ No one has managed more cleanliness and precision in defining the compellingly complex flavours of the Douro than the Roquette family at Quinta do Crasto; while the Bordeaux influence is variously explored in Xisto, a Roquette-Cazes project which unravels the Douro's flavours with soft insinuation.
Worthy imports include wines from Australia, Portugal/ Whether you are planning for a holiday dinner or just looking for something for everyday drinking, I have assembled a list of great choices from recent tastings to get you started. The Cazes family of Chateau Lunch-Bages and the Roquette family of Quinta do Crasto have entered into a joint venture to produce a Douro red. The 2003 Roquette e Cazes "Xisto" ($54) is a most impressive inaugural release.
Exciting New Wines of 2006/ "Named for the Portuguese word 'schist,' the rock that defines the Douro region of Portugal, Xisto is the first vintage from the collaborative efforts of Jorges Roquette (owner of Douro's Quinta do Crasto) and Bordeaux winemaker Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages. With its smoky flavors and scent of wild herbs, this wine evokes the rugged Douro landscape."
/ Concentrated and ripe, with layers of rich, dark plum, cherry, blackberry and mocha. Elegant finish of cream, chocolate and spice. From the new joint venture between Bordeaux's Jean-Michel Cazes and Quinta do Crasto. Drink now through 2015.
Three producers who have succeeded in branching out/ Only in its third vintage, this Portuguese blend is a stunning wine made by Jorge Roquette, owner of Quinta Do Crassto and Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Chateau Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux. "Xisto" is the name for the soil. Ripe dark berry fruit, soft tannins and good complexity.