Wine Filter

Currently shopping by:

Wine Type:

Country:

Region:

Area:

Grape:

Producer:

Price: {{ priceRange }}

Feature: {{ featureOrganic }}

Feature: {{ featureVegetarian }}

Feature: {{ featureVegan }}
clear all filters

Vinha da Ponte
sale

Quinta do Crasto - Vinha da Ponte 2016

Portugal
Red Wine from Douro · Portugal
£160.00 £130.00
Case Rate: £130.00
Ex Tax: £108.33
Country:
Wine Region: Douro
Winery: Quinta do Crasto
Wine Maker: Manuel Lobo
Grape: Proprietary Red Blend
Grape Percentage: Old Vines - mixed plantings, with several grapes varieties
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Limited Stock: (3 btls)
{{ quantity }}
Rating 96 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Add to wishlist
Country:
Wine Region: Douro
Winery: Quinta do Crasto
Wine Maker: Manuel Lobo
Grape: Proprietary Red Blend
Grape Percentage: Old Vines - mixed plantings, with several grapes varieties
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

Deep purple in colour. The nose shows elegant aromas of wild berry fruit, well-integrated with fresh spice notes and delicate cocoa hints. Balanced on the palate, evolving into a wine of great volume, with a solid structure made of velvety-textured tannins. This is a complex wine, with an elegant, fresh and lingering finish. A wine from a unique terroir that perfectly reflects the enormous complexity and depth of the Vinha da Ponte vineyard.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016) - 96 pts

The 2016 Vinha da Ponte, a field blend from very old vines (100 years), was aged in new French oak for 20 months. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Elegant and carefully concentrated—meaning you can feel the concentrated fruit but without jam and sloppiness—this brooding Ponte has a big kick on the finish. Powerful, intense and stern, it doesn't show a lot of expressive fruit compared to the Maria Teresa (despite some six hours of double decanting)—it never does when young. It typically develops later and always lacks Maria Teresa's lively personality overall. Despite its brooding nature, this still seems exceptional, though. It is a very fine Ponte that has the potential for long aging (perhaps even better than indicated) and development in the cellar. As with the 2016 Maria Teresa, I'm a little wary of this wine (it was only in bottle for 90 days and recently shipped to boot), but I'm leaning up a bit here. As Ponte goes, this was more expressive than normal, while retaining all of its typical concentration and power. This will be released sometime in 2020, but it sure won't be ready then. Try it around 2025-2027 for better results. There were 4,200 bottles produced, plus some large-format bottles.


James Suckling (2016) - 93 pts

Blueberry, milk-chocolate, shea-butter, lavender and praline aromas. Full-bodied with firm, ripe tannins. Smooth and polished. Wonderful now, but even better from 2021


Wine Enthusiast (2016) - 96 pts

This originates from a field blend from a vineyard that is now at least 100-years-old.The wine is concentrated and dense. Fermented in open lagars, the wine has great potential for opulence and generosity. As the wine's tannins soften, it will reveal amazing richness. Drink from 2024. ROGER VOSS


Decanter () - 97 pts

From another smaller south-east-facing parcel (1.96ha), slightly higher than Maria Teresa, at 190 - 210m. Similarly vinified, but aged in 100% new French oak, Vinha de Ponte is darker, broader-shouldered and more savoury. A cloak of broad, ripe tannins frames its brooding core of blackcurrant and berry fruit, with smoky clove, black pepper, stewed mint and esteva nuances and nutty, savoury oak. Iron fist in a velvet glove.