2003 Quinta do Crasto "Old Vine-Reserva" Douro, Portugal (375 ml)

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93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 “Reserva Old Vines” is a field blend from 70-year-old vines, raised in a mixture of French and American oak barrels and bottled without filtration. It is a whopper, rich, ripe and rather oaky at first, with the American oak seeming to show a bit initially. The texture is soft and sensual. With air, the wine goes through some radical changes, from the fruit and the tannins becoming far more assertive, to the oak beginning to integrate beautifully. It is a very fine, very sexy, very voluptuous Reserva that actually showed better the next day. Drink 2008-2018." (Feb. 2007) 92 points from Wine Spectator: "Rich red, like biting into a German chocolate cake. There's a delicate, refined element with meat, mineral, dark plum and cassis. Long, luxuriant finish of chocolate and mocha spice. Best from 2006 through 2010. 4,500 cases made." (Dec. 31, 2005) 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Complex, smoky nose features ripe cherry, plum, pipe tobacco, mocha and anise. Gently textured and suave, the expressive, round flavors of sweet berries. As velvety and lush as this is, it finishes with very good grip-and a lingering flavor of candied cherry." (Mar/Apr '06)

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