Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2021

Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2021

 

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Quinta do Crasto
Reserva Old Vines 2021
  • Vintage : 2021
  • Country : Portugal
  • Region : Douro
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Rich and Spicy
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Vieilles Vignes

Discover the elegance and richness of the Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines, a wine that embodies the essence of old vines with seductive notes of red fruits and a persistent finish.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 94 2021
WE Wine Enthusiast 93 2021
WS Wine Spectator 93 2020
JS James Suckling 93 2020
More information on wine critics and ratings

Region and Vineyards

Quinta do Crasto is located in the Douro appellation, a renowned wine region in Portugal. The soils of Quinta do Crasto are varied, offering altitudes ranging from 120 to 450 meters, and the vines are planted on terraces supported by stone walls, known as socalcos.

Winemaking

Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines is made from old vines, comprising 25 to 30 different grape varieties. The grapes are carefully selected upon arrival at the winery, then destemmed and lightly crushed before being transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After alcoholic fermentation, the juice is gently pressed.

The wine is aged for about 18 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak barrels, which adds structure and complexity.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Deep dark ruby.
  • Aroma: The nose impresses with its depth and complexity, showing aromas of ripe red fruits in perfect harmony with notes of wood forest and hints of fresh gum cistus.
  • Palate: The palate starts elegantly, evolving into a solid, structured wine with velvety-textured tannins. Engaging, with a balanced, fresh, and persistent finish. This is a wine with extraordinary complexity that fully reflects the essence of the old vines of Quinta do Crasto.

Did you know?

The vines at Quinta do Crasto are on average 70 years old, which imparts remarkable depth and complexity, characteristic of well-established old vines.

Wine Pairing Ideas

  • Grilled Beef Fillet: The robust structure and silky tannins of the wine pair perfectly with the richness of a grilled beef fillet.
  • Herb Lamb Stew: The red fruit aromas and woody notes of the wine complement the complex and herbal flavors of a lamb stew.
  • Aged Cheeses: The complexity and depth of the wine pair well with aged cheeses such as blue cheese or aged cheddar.
  • Dark Chocolate Dessert: The persistent finish and velvety tannins of the wine harmonize wonderfully with the intensity of a dark chocolate dessert.

Located on the right bank of the Douro River, between the towns of Régua and Pinhão, Quinta do Crasto is a property of 130 hectares, 70 of which are planted with vines.

Nestled on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has belonged to the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century and like all the great properties of the Douro it dates back to ancient times - the name "Crasto" is derived from the Latin word "castrum", which means "Roman fort".

The large investments made over the past few years have seen considerable advancements in the reorganisation of the vineyards and the implementation of modern equipment in the winery. This work has resulted in a great selection of top-quality wines, including blended wines (Crasto, Crasto Superior and Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines), single varietal wines (Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional), single vineyard wines (Vinha da Ponte and Vinha Maria Teresa), and special category of Port wines (Finest Reserve, LBV and Vintage).

Despite the use of state-of-the-art winemaking technology, Quinta do Crasto maintains its traditional foot treading method, carried out in large granite tanks called "lagares".

The completion of this phase of investment and the passion for making exceptional wines has contributed to Quinta de Crasto´s growing national and international reputation.

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2021)
One of the icons of the modern Douro reds, from 42 plots of old vines on the beautiful Quinta do Crasto property (three plots didn't make it to the final blend in 2021), the 2021 Reserva Old Vines (or Vinhas Velhas) comes from different plots averaging 70 years of age. It has the perfumed, outgoing and exuberant nose it has always had, floral, spicy and showy, smoky and nuanced. The destemmed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, and the wine matured for 18 months in oak barrels, 85% French and 15% American. The palate is medium to full-bodied with superb balance and very fine tannins. It still shows very good value for money. It has 14% alcohol with a pH of 3..66 and 5.2 grams of acidity. It's approachable but with aging potential. 

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 93 Points (2021)
Black plum, mint and dense wood aromas are the result of oak aging and concentrated fruit from 70-year-old vines. The Crasto vineyard is rich in mixed plantings and this wine shows the resulting complexity alongside the fruits.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2020)
A creamy, harmonious red, with a generous range of ripe black plum, black currant, dried mint and dried fig, loamy earth and mineral flavors finely meshed with supple tannins. Long and graceful on the well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2030.

James Suckling (JS) : 93 Points (2020)
Dark plums and mulberries here with black cardamom and licorice, as well as nut shell and wet soil. Full and structured with firm tannins, which are chalky and lightly chewy. Deep core of ripe dark berries with a meaty and warm finish, and fine tannins at the end with an attractive earthiness. Old vines, mixed plantings of 25 to 30 different grape varieties. Drink or hold.

Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa 2019
Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa 2019
Quinta do Crasto
Vinha Maria Teresa 2019
RP
97
Since its first release in 1998, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has been regarded as one of the greatest Portuguese wines and acclaimed by national and international specialized press.
255,00 €
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Quinta do Crasto Superior Tinto 2019
Quinta do Crasto Superior Tinto 2019
Quinta do Crasto
Superior Tinto 2019
WS
90
RP
89
JS
90
The Quinta do Crasto Superior Tinto is a remarkable wine from the Douro, offering a rich tapestry of wild berry aromas, well-integrated oak, and a solid structure, epitomizing the unique identity of the Douro Superior.
21,90 €
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Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2019
Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2019
Quinta do Crasto
Touriga Nacional 2019
RP
97
JS
93
WS
94
This wine is made with 100% Touriga Nacional. Lively and deep in color with intense ripe fruit aromas and notes of oak. Soft and round in the palate with everything is in balance. Long and spicy finish.
69,00 €
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Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz 2017
Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz 2017
Quinta do Crasto
Tinta Roriz 2017
RP
96
WS
94
WE
94
Released only in the finest years, this wine is made with 100% Tinta Roriz. Vivid and deep in color with intense ripe fruit aromas and notes of oak. Soft and round on the palate, very well balanced. A long and lingering finish.
69,00 €
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Quinta do Crasto Superior White 2022
Quinta do Crasto Superior White 2022
Quinta do Crasto
Superior White 2022
WS
90
RP
91
The Quinta do Crasto Superior White is a stellar example of Douro winemaking, showcasing the finesse and balance of Viosinho and Verdelho grapes with its fresh citrus notes and vibrant minerality.
20,90 €
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Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2018
Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2018
Quinta do Crasto
Vinha da Ponte 2018
RP
97
WS
91
For some wine enthusiasts and critics, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is one of this estate’s best wines, one of the best, in fact, in the entire Douro region. 
255,00 €
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Quinta do Crasto Touriga Franca 2017
Quinta do Crasto Touriga Franca 2017
Quinta do Crasto
Touriga Franca 2017
RP
95
Produced only in exceptional vintages, this wine is produced from the best Touriga Franca plots on the estate.
69,00 €
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