2013 Quinta do Crasto Superior Douro
Very plush, with concentrated dark plum, Asian spice and dark currant flavors that are creamy and rich-tasting. Medium-grained tannins on the long finish are filled with dark chocolate and black licorice notes. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2020. (KM, Web-2016)
Wine & Spirits
Grown at Crasto’s Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior, this purple-black wine requires a lot of air to unwind from a tight and tannic place to a more relaxed floral and juicy taste. At first, it’s a little gamey, a generous red with lamby notes. A day later, the wine is clean, spicy, the flavors open and racing through the finish.
Coming from the Roquette family's newly acquired vineyards in the Douro Superior, this wine shows the great synergy between the region and the new wave of table wines. It has a smooth richness with ripe tannins and concentrated black fruits and rich wood-aging flavors. The wine is still at its fruity stage, so although it is drinkable now, it will be better from 2017. (RV)
Quinta do Crasto is one of the pioneering wineries in the Douro. Along with other "Douro boys" producers they have been working hard to focus on farming their single quintas and marketing themselves as well as their region as an area capable of producing delicious, distinctive wines. Rich, dark fruited aromas, with hints of candied violet and camphor, lead to a similar palate. which, in the relatively fresher 2013 vintage, also shows some crisp red fruits. This is a delicious Douro red to introduce anyone to the charm of the Douro valley.