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Quinta Do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 2009

Quinta Do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 750ml 2009     
Sku: 21195

Rating
 Wine Advocate 93 points (Dec 2011)
The 2009 Reserva “Old Vines” is a Douro stalwart that has crept up in price over the last several years, but in fairness – it was cheaper in the USA than in Portugal for the most part and it competes well with Crasto’s higher priced entrants in most years. So, too, this year. Once again, I look at this and it seems equal or superior to more expensive wines, particularly including Crasto’s. So, it’s hard to complain. Powerful, focused and intense, this is ripe and delicious, but it has the structure to support the fruit and oak and some pretty good acidity. If you like them sexy, sweet and rich, this qualifies. If you like them elegant in the mid-palate and structured, it does that, too. It did calm down with air, even if it is burlier than usual, certainly a very different wine than the more compact, elegant, but utterly charming 2008 that I loved. While not as big on the “wow” factor as some of the so-called upper level wines, it’s probably Crasto’s best and best balanced upper level wine this year, not completely immune to impressions of alcohol, but handling it very well and combining a lot of virtues successfully. This is not really in a great place now – two to three years in the cellar could help a lot. Drink 2014-2023. ”

Wine maker notes
As the name suggests, this wine is made from old vines with an average age of 70 years, including as many as 30 different grape varieties. Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines shows a complex aroma, with the fruit and the oak very well integrated and revealing spicy nuances. Intense and deep on the palate. The firm tannic structure gives great balance to the wine, with a long and lingering finish. This wine pairs very well with rich red meat or game dishes.

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Country: Portugal
Region: Duriense
Sub-Region: Douro - Porto
Grape Varietal: Red Portugese Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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