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Quinta Do Crasto Douro Superior 2015 750ml

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750ml
country
Portugal
region
Douro
WA
91
WS
91
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WA
91
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
The 2015 Tinto Crasto Superior is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca and just 5% Souzão, aged for 12 months in 35% new French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. Sourced from relatively young (11 to 13 years old) vines in Douro Superior (i.e., not in Crasto's Cima Corgo Quinta), this has become a beautiful bottling for the winery. At the winery's lower end, it is largely eclipsing their regular Tinto—still very nice and notably less expensive but not always as interesting or as concentrated. This is probably the best since the 2011. Very fruit forward and sappy this year, its combination of purity and intensity of flavor makes it sensationally delicious—but always with lifted, not jammy, fruit. That is, no doubt, a product of the vintage. The fresh, lively fruit and vivid flavor is what the 2015s mostly do. It is also 2015-like in another way—a very elegant mid-palate. The concentration is subtle, but there is respectable concentration. Plus, the tannins are ripe, and the texture is caressing. It's pretty fine. Will we feel that way in five years or ten? I think the freshness will preserve this nicely, but this is one of Crasto's reds where how well it ages really isn't going to be the point. Once you taste it, it will be hard to keep your hands off of it. ... More details
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Quinta Do Crasto Douro Superior 2015 750ml

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Region: Douro

The Douro valley in Portugal has long been one of Europe's most important and unique wine regions, with a history which stretches back over two thousand years to when Pheonician tradesmen and settlers first began planting grapevines in the rich and fertile soil found there. The region itself is something of an ideal location for viticulture, with mineral rich soils and plenty of moisture from the river, alongside long, baking hot summers which help the grapes reach full ripeness. Wineries in the Douro utilize a wide range of grape varietals for their distinctive and characterful wines, including red varietals such as Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cao, and delightful white varietals such as Gouveio and the increasingly popular Viosinho. However, it is for the fortified wines of Porto which Douro is most famous for, and these are widely considered to be amongst the finest fortified wines in the world.
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Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.