Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port 2016
Opaque in color. Very expressive on the nose, showing fresh notes of berry fruit in perfect harmony with delicate hints of gum cistus. Vigorous attack on the palate, evolving into a solid wine, with a compact structure of massive yet elegant tannins that are well integrated with the berry fruit flavors. Balanced and lingering finish. Bottled without filtration, this wine meets all the conditions for evolving positively in the bottle.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Big tannins coupled with dark fruits have produced a powerful wine with a long-term future. The wine has a dense structure, while also having richness. This is a wine that should age very well, richly textured with minerality as well as bold black fruits. Drink from 2028.
The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend with 96 grams of sugar. This is the final blend and out of cask, set to be bottled in a week or so. Sweet up front, although the paper statistics don't suggest that, this has plenty of tannic pop on the finish. Manuel Lobo, comparing to the 2015, said that the fruit was better on the 2015, while this 2016 had more muscle. Despite the power, this should be approachable fairly young, in the context of Vintage Port. At this point, I'd prefer the 2015, but we'll how they both age in time. With Port, that's always the final answer. This might have more room to grow.
Aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, violets, stems, bark and chili-chocolate. Rich and chewy with stewed bramble fruit and firm, grainy tannins. Bright acidity also cutting through the richness. Unfiltered and aged two years in wooden vats before bottling. Try from 2025.
Nestled on a privileged location in the Douro, Quinta do Crasto is one of the oldest winemaking estates in the region – the name ‘Crasto’ is derived from the Latin word ‘castrum’, which means ‘Roman fort’. The first known references to Quinta do Crasto can be traced back to 1615, long before the Douro became the world’s first Demarcated Wine Region in 1756. In the early 1900s, Quinta do Crasto was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, the founder of the famous Constantino Port house. Today, his granddaughter, Leonor Roquette, and her husband Jorge Roquette own and manage the estate, together with their sons, Miguel and Tomás. The Roquette family has invested tremendous time, attention, and resources to rebuild and expand the vineyards and facilities to produce top quality Port and Douro table wines. Vineyard mapping, DNA-matched replanting, a new state-of-the-art wine cellar and centuries of tradition mean that no detail in the winemaking and vineyard management is overlooked.
Quinta do Crasto produces different styles of port and table wines each year. Together with their winemakers and their entire team, they seek to produce year after year wines that display the unique and beautiful characteristics of the Douro, through a tireless devotion to tradition, integrity and excellence.
The home of Port—perhaps the most internationally acclaimed beverage—the Douro region of Portugal is one of the world’s oldest delimited wine regions, established in 1756. The vineyards of the Douro, set on the slopes surrounding the Douro River (known as the Duero in Spain), are incredibly steep, necessitating the use of terracing and thus, manual vineyard management as well as harvesting. The Douro's best sites, rare outcroppings of Cambrian schist, are reserved for vineyards that yield high quality Port.
While more than 100 indigenous varieties are approved for wine production in the Douro, there are five primary grapes that make up most Port and the region's excellent, though less known, red table wines. Touriga Nacional is the finest of these, prized for its deep color, tannins and floral aromatics. Tinta Roriz (Spain's Tempranillo) adds bright acidity and red fruit flavors. Touriga Franca shows great persistence of fruit and Tinta Barroca helps round out the blend with its supple texture. Tinta Cão, a fine but low-yielding variety, is now rarely planted but still highly valued for its ability to produce excellent, complex wines.
White wines, generally crisp, mineral-driven blends of Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina and an assortment of other rare but local varieties, are produced in small quantities but worth noting.
With hot summers and cool, wet winters, the Duoro has a maritime climate.
Port is a sweet, fortified wine with numerous styles: Ruby, Tawny, Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV), White, Colheita, and a few unusual others. It is blended from from the most important red grapes of the Douro Valley, based primarily on Touriga Nacional with over 80 other varieties approved for use. Most Ports are best served slightly chilled at around 55-65°F.