Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2018

Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2018

 

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Quinta do Crasto
Vinha da Ponte 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : Portugal
  • Region : Douro
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Vinhas Velhas

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. 

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 97 2018
WS Wine Spectator 91 2014
More information on wine critics and ratings

Deep purple in color. Impressive on the nose, showing intensity and concentration, with red berry fruit aromas and hints of fresh spice. The palate is intense and elegant, combining volume, silky-textured tannins and notes of red berry fruit. The finish is long, lingering, balanced and fresh. This is a terroir wine that perfectly reflects its provenance.

Winemaking:

The grapes, coming from the vineyard plot Vinha da Ponte, are taken to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they are rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes are then completely destemmed and slightly crushed. After this, they are transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the grape are gently pressed using hydraulic presses. Aging: About 20 months in new French oak barrels. The final wine is made from a selection of the finest barrels.

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",… Read more

Robert Parker (RP) : 97 Points (2018)
The 2018 Vinha da Ponte, a field blend from very old vines (100+ years), was aged in new French oak for 20 months. It comes in at 14.8% alcohol. As always, Ponte is a very different animal than Maria Teresa. It's less personable and less exuberant, but it is solid in the mid-palate, brooding a little and promising that better days will come. This is a great Ponte and one of Crasto's best versions of it. Concentrated and powerful, but with the tannins held in check and still showing some expressiveness, this grabs the palate and doesn't let go. In fact, this might be a year when this is as open as the Maria Teresa (although it's never as personable). Serious and long on the finish, this is just a baby that will need a decade in the bottle to show its best, or even show well. It should age well for another decade or two after that. As with the Maria Teresa, it was better the next day. It looks to be brilliant. I still preferred the Maria Teresa—I usually do—but this is a close call this year. Reasonable minds might differ. This Ponte: fuller bodied in mouthfeel, less flavor. Maria Teresa: more finesse, more personality. Both have plenty of power. There were 3,550 bottles produced, plus 150 magnums and 30 three-liter bottles.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 91 Points (2014)
A spicy red, with hot stone aromas flanking the ripe blackberry, plum and mocha flavors. Zesty, with ample white pepper aromas on the finish. Offers moderate, integrated tannins. Drink now through 2023. 375 cases made.

Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2021
Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2021
Quinta do Crasto
Reserva Old Vines 2021
WS
93
JS
93
RP
95
As the name suggests, this wine is made from old vines with an average age of 70 years, including as many as 30 different grape varieties.
36,90 €
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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 €
Quantity : moins plus
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 €
Quantity : moins plus
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 €
Quantity : moins plus
Quinta do Crasto Superior White 2022
Quinta do Crasto Superior White 2022
Quinta do Crasto
Superior White 2022
RP
88
DCT
91
WS
91
This wine takes its name from the location of the vineyard from which the grapes come: Douro Superior (Upper Douro). The grapes used to make this wine come from our property Quinta da Cabreira where we have 114 hectares of recently planted vines.  
20,90 €
Quantity : moins plus
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 €
Quantity : moins plus
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Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2018 Reviewed by Robert Parker 12-12-2023 . Score: 5