Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2011
By Wine Enthusiast
Quinta do Crasto 2011 Reserva Vinhas Velhas Red (Douro)
Special Designation: Cellar Selection
Designation: Reserva Vinhas Velhas
Varietal: Portuguese Red
Appellation: Douro, Portugal
Winery: Quinta do Crasto
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Broadbent Selections, Inc
In Magazine: 4/1/2014
By Roger Voss
A dark and powerfully rich wine from one of the top quintas in the Douro. It shows great concentration from the old vines. With its weight, dark fruits and dense tannins, it needs to age in order to bring out the solid wood and black, brooding character of the wine. Don’t drink before 2017. (4/1/2014) -94
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2011 Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Douro, Portugal
Review by Mark Squires
eRobertParker.com # 212 (Apr 2014)
Drink 2014 - 2026
The 2011 Reserva Old Vines (around 70 years of age on average) spent 18 months in 65% new and 35% used barriques (85% French, the rest American). The used barriques were previously new on the 2010 Reserva Old Vines. About the only bad thing you can say about this is that it is too marked by oak in its youth, but that is always true when it is young. That will become much better in time. Some cellaring will provide additional complexity as well, but it is otherwise quite approachable now even if not showing us all that it has to give. For my money, this is easily on the short list as a contender for “Best Reserva Old Vines” ever, because of its combination of concentration, lift, structure and superb balance. This is not the wine in the lineup that will always make you go “wow.” There is not a hint of bombast. However, it does everything beautifully, and balance is its hallmark. Even as it tightens with air, it proves how harmonious it is, showing off its finesse, crispness and focus. The fruit always seems fresh and lively here, never ponderous. The next day it hardly seemed changed. This should age pretty nicely. If all that is not enough, it is pretty tasty, too, a wine that will be hard to dislike on all fronts. Considering the price point, this is a “can’t miss” buy. There were 93,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2026. As nice as Crasto’s harmonious and supple 2010s were, I think most will find that the 2011s are, at least, a step up. It may, in fact, be the best set of wines that I’ve ever seen from Crasto. That’s not completely surprising, if you read my prior comments on the stature of this vintage in the article accompanying the tasting notes from Issue 210. There is more intensity this year than last, and a bit more lift to the wines. Yet, they always maintain their balance, too. At the upper end, to be sure, the prices are pretty pricey, but there is value to be had here as well, with the lower-level wines, right down to the entry-level Flor. Importer: Broadbent Selections, Richmond, VA; (804) 353-1843.
By Wine Spectator
QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro Reserva Old Vines 2011
Release Price: $45
Issue: Aug 31, 2014
Rich and meaty, with cherry and dark chocolate flavors supported by a full flush of acidity and firm tannins. Mineral and slate details extend with plenty of muscle on the finish. Drink now through . 7,750 cases made. -KM
By Quita do Crasto
Douro Reserva Old Vines 2011
Vineayards: “Socalcos” (terraces supported by stone Schist walls)
Age of Vines: +70 years old
Bottling: September 2013
T. Acidity: 5.2 gr/L
Res. Sugar: 2.3 gr/L
Old Vines (25 to 30 different grapes varieties).
The grapes, coming from the old vines, were taken to the winery in plastic boxes and inspected on a sorting table on arrival. The grapes were then completely destemmed and slightly crushed. After this, they were transferred to stainless steel tanks and fermentation took place under strict controlled temperature environment.
About 18 months in French oak barrels (85%) and American oak barrels (15%).
Colour: Deep ruby colour.
Nose: Impressive, complex and concentrate on the nose, with berry fruit aromas and delicate hints of spice, cocoa and gum cistus.
Palate: Powerful beginning that leads to a wine of great elegance and volume. Fine-textured tannins are perfectly integrated with fresh berry fruit flavours. Long and lingering finish, with a pleasant freshness. Great ageing potential.
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