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Douro Old Vines Reserva
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Quinta do Crasto - Douro Old Vines Reserva 2017

Portugal
Red Wine from Douro · Portugal
£29.95 £25.00
Case Rate: £25.00
Ex Tax: £20.83
Country:
Wine Region: Douro
Winery: Quinta do Crasto
Wine Maker: Dominic Morris and Manuel Lobo
Grape: Field Blend
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 93 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Douro
Winery: Quinta do Crasto
Wine Maker: Dominic Morris and Manuel Lobo
Grape: Field Blend
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes
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Description

Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

Wine tasting notes

Intense and lifted aromas of cigar box, tobacco leaf, spices, cedar and vanilla, combined with fresh dark berries and ripe plums. A rich, full and round palate of great balance, displaying rich Douro berry fruit characters and a delicious savoury edge, with integrated tannins and a great length of finish.

Food matching

Ideal with hearty stews and roasted joints. Also excellent with game.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2017) - 93 pts

The 2017 Reserva Old Vines (average age of 70 years) represents 39 of Crasto's 42 plots and/or small vineyards of old vines. In 2017, two were discarded for poor performance, while Maria Teresa (but not Ponte) was bottled separately this year. This was aged for 16 to 18 months, depending on lot, in 65% new oak (85/15 French and American) and comes in at 14% alcohol. This was bottled in October 2019, so it had several months of rest when seen. This more understated red is not as attention-getting as some of the other upper-level wines, but it has many bragging points of its own—and a more attractive price point, which makes it a nice compromise between value and quality. Sensually textured, this caresses the mouth with silk and velvet. The mid-palate shows good finesse. Then, it adds fine fruit as it evolves. This graceful wine also shows the ability to flesh out in the glass. It then begins to display more power as well, but it's always well controlled. This is relatively approachable, but it could certainly use another year in bottle (more would help). It should age rather well, holding for 20 or so years from vintage date, at least. There were 90,000 bottles produced.


JancisRobinson.com (2017) - 17 pts

Deep cherry red with purplish rim. Aromas of dark fruits and cherries are both fresh and seductive – rich and lively at the same time, and gently floral and spicy. Big mouthful of fruit kept in shape by smooth, firm tannins. Really plush, full-bodied and caressing. And there's still that rocky Douro quality to keep it from being too rich or sweet-fruited. GV (JH)

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