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Quinta Do Crasto

Quinta Do Crasto
Website : www.quintadocrasto.pt/

Even among the breathtakingly beautiful and historically rich terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley, Quinta do Crasto is special. The estate celebrates its 400th birthday in 2015, and a demarcation stone marks its inclusion in the first geographical classification of the region’s vineyards in the 18th century.

For more than a century now, the Roquette family have owned the 130-hectare estate, 70 hectares of it planted to the traditional vines of the Douro Valley, clinging precariously to their schistous perch above the river.

When you want to create new vineyards here, you often need to use dynamite – as the Roquettes discovered when establishing their new vineyard at Quinta da Cabreira high in the Douro Superior.

Crasto was among the pioneers of table wine in the Douro, devoting much time and resource to unfortified winemaking when most of its neighbours remained 100% focused on Port.

The red wines are among the best-regarded in Portugal, including a quartet of single varietal and single vineyard bottlings whose scarcity makes them much sought-after when they hit the market each winter.

But don’t underestimate Crasto’s excellent range of Ports either. The Finest Reserve is a benchmark ruby, while the Late Bottled Vintage, unfiltered and unfined, offers a more complex and ageworthy take on the usual LBV style.

Other wines by this producer

  1. Finest Reserve Port NV Crasto 6/75

    Lifted and complex bouquet of ripe red wild berries, figs and a slight touch of wild indegigenous herbs. The palate shows excellent harmony and complexity, a fine presence and great balance between fresh wild berries, firm tannins, well balanced acidity and a long and elegant finish.

  2. 2010 Vintage Port, Quinta do Crasto

    Shows intense berry fruit aromas and a full-bodied structure, with plenty of grip, mouthfilling blackcurrant flavours, fine balance and terrific length.

  3. 2011 Touriga Nacional, Quinta do Crasto

    The wine shows a youthful toasty, smoky bouquet with intense, spicy fruit characters. The palate is long and focused and very elegant, with ripe concentrated fruit and well integrated oak, good balance and fine structured tannins.

  4. 2011 Tinta Roriz, Quinta do Crasto

    Vivid and deep purple in colour with intense ripe fruit aromas and notes of oak. Soft, round and very well balanced on the palate, with a long, lingering finish.

  5. 2011 Vinha Maria Teresa, Quinta do Crasto

    This very special wine is only made in outstanding vintages and incorporates up to 30 different grape varieties in the final blend. The wine has an intense, vibrant violet colour which leads to a deep, complex nose full of wild forest flowers, white pepper and soft dark chocolate aromas. It is a full bodied, richly flavoured wine with superb tannins, refreshing acidity and concentrated fruit.

  6. Douro Red 13 Crasto 6/75
    still

    Douro Red 13 Crasto 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Colour: Deep violet.
    Nose: Fresh on the nose, with intense berry fruit aromas and elegant floral notes.
    Palate: Balanced and well-structured on the palate, with berry fruit flavours. Tannins are round and finely-textured. Elegant and lingering finish.

  7. 2013 Douro Red, Quinta Do Crasto
    redwine

    2013 Douro Red, Quinta Do Crasto

    (12x37.5cl)

    Deep, opaque red in colour with aromas of intense berry fruit with subtle oak complexity. On the palate it is rich, full and concentrated, showing great depth of fruit with well-integrated American oak, good tannic structure and a firm, dry finish.

  8. Douro White 13 Crasto 6/75

    Bright and pale lemon yellow in the glass with an enticing minerality on the nose followed up with crunchy green apple, camomile and lemons. Fresh attack on the palate leading into a fresh and crisp finish.

  9. 2012 Crasto Douro Superior, Quinta do Crasto

    Colour: Deep violet.
    Nose: Very expressive aromas, displaying vibrant berry fruit notes perfectly combined with subtle hints of fresh spices.
    Palate: Charming on the palate. Berry fruit flavours, great volume, solid structure and velvety tannins. The finish is perfectly balanced, fresh and
    long.

  10. Douro Reserva 12 Crasto 6/75

    A brick red colour, with intense and lifted oak aromas of cigar box, tobacco leaf, spices, cedar and vanilla, combined with fresh dark berries and ripe plums.
    Palate: A rich full and round palate of great balance, displaying rich Douro berry fruit characters, with integrated oak tannins and a great length of finish.

  11. 2013 Crasto Douro Superior White, Quinta do Crasto

    Colour: Deep violet.
    Nose: Very expressive aromas, displaying vibrant berry fruit notes perfectly combined with subtle hints of fresh spices.
    Palate: Charming on the palate. Berry fruit flavours, great volume, solid structure and velvety tannins. The finish is perfectly balanced, fresh and
    long.

  12. LBV Port 19.5% 10 Crasto 6/75
    fortified

    LBV Port 19.5% 10 Crasto 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    This late bottled Vintage shows brooding black cherry fruit with a huge cedary core. A simple wine with a fine dark colour, ripe and mouth filling and rounded off by sweet finish.

  13. Douro Superior 13 Quinta do Crasto 6/75

    Colour: Deep violet.
    Nose: Very expressive aromas, displaying vibrant berry fruit notes perfectly combined with subtle hints of fresh spices.
    Palate: Charming on the palate. Berry fruit flavours, great volume, solid structure and velvety tannins. The finish is perfectly balanced, fresh and
    long.

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