Douro Old Vines Reserva, Quinta do Crasto
Portugal – 2017
Quinta do Crasto is rare in Douro (the home of Port wine) as a producer perhaps more known for its regular nonport wine. This the wine that helped Miguel and his family and the Douro region as a whole for making extremely high-quality red wines. Made from native grape varieties this is a very satisfying wine.
Tasting Note: 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.
Vineyard: The grapes (25-30 different varieties), coming from parcels of old vines, were taken to the winery in 25 kg plastic boxes and inspected on a sorting table on arrival. The soil is schist and the vineyards are planted on socalcos (terraces supported by stone walls), with a Southeast facing aspect.
Vinification: The grapes were then completely destemmed and slightly crushed. After this, the must was transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Once the alcoholic fermentation was completed, the grape were gently pressed using hydraulic presses. 85% matured in French oak barrels and 15% in American oak for about 16 months.