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    Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserva Old Vines 2009
    Other Red Blends - Portugal

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    • WE94
    • RP93
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Spectator

    Region: Portugal

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 113207

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #3 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2008

    Brick red in color with intense and lifted complex aromas of spices and wild Douro bush (Esteva) combined with fresh red wild berries. Great complexity. The mouthfeel is impressive and elegant upfront, developing to a rich, full and round palate, of great balance. This wine displays rich Douro berry fruit characteristics with integrated oak tannins and great length on the finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Old vines in this case means an average of 70 years, from a vineyard that is a mix of different varieties. The result is impressive, very floral with sweet black fruit, licorice and the ripest of tannins. Age this wine for 5-6 years. Cellar Selection.

    94 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    The 2009 Reserva "Old Vines" is a Douro stalwart that has crept up in price over the last several years, but in fairness – it was cheaper in the USA than in Portugal for the most part and it competes well with Crasto's higher priced entrants in most years. So, too, this year. Once again, I look at this and it seems equal or superior to more expensive wines, particularly including Crasto's. So, it's hard to complain. Powerful, focused and intense, this is ripe and delicious, but it has the structure to support the fruit and oak and some pretty good acidity. If you like them sexy, sweet and rich, this qualifies. If you like them elegant in the mid-palate and structured, it does that, too. It did calm down with air, even if it is burlier than usual, certainly a very different wine than the more compact, elegant, but utterly charming 2008 that I loved. While not as big on the "wow" factor as some of the so-called upper level wines, it's probably Crasto's best and best balanced upper level wine this year, not completely immune to impressions of alcohol, but handling it very well and combining a lot of virtues successfully. This is not really in a great place now – two to three years in the cellar could help a lot. Drink 2014-2023.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Rich, fruity and lush, delivering well-defined plum and cherry flavors that are filled with plenty of cream and spice notes. A molten chocolate accent marks the finish. Drink now through 2017.

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    John Westcott (9/20/2012)
    Incredibly good! Got to buy more Portugese reds
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    Duke Stream (7/4/2012)
    The Douro region is one of those idem gems, and Quinta do Crasto one of best examples. This bottle is a very good illustration of their abilities, and a great value for the money. Highly recommended.

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