Quinta Do Crasto Douro Red Reserva Old Vines 2015 from Douro D.O.C comes from select old vines of the well regarded Quinta do Crasto. What makes it exceptional was the unique vintage of 2015 that was dry but well-balanced and saved by the right amount of rainfall at exactly the right moment. It show excellent aromatic distinctiveness and compact structures made up of high quality, rounded tannins. This wine stands out for a generous fruit, natural freshness and extraordinary elegance.
Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines shows complex aromas, with well-integrated fruit and oak notes and a hint of spice.
Intense and deep on the palate, it is well balanced by the firm structure of the tannins and delivers a long and lingering finish.
It is ideal to accompany hearty meat and game dishes. Since it is bottled unfiltered, some sediment may form during bottle ageing.
Wine Spectator: 94 points.
“This powerful red is rich in steeped cherry, red plum and currant flavors that are matched to herb, graphite and olive elements, aided by aromas of tea and anise that dovetail into the tangy finish.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 94 points.
The 2015 Reserva Old Vines is a field blend from old vines (average age: 70 years) aged for 16 to 18 months in 65% new oak (85% French, the rest American), depending on the lots. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This year, Crasto eliminated two southern-exposure plots in the vineyard because they were not fresh enough, and Maria Teresa and Vinha da Ponte lots were eliminated because both produced separate wines this year. This may not be the biggest or most powerful or deepest Old Vines, but it will certainly be considered one of the best. Like the Crasto Superior this issue, it has all the hallmarks of the 2015 vintage—elegance, freshness and big, vivid fruit flavor. Here too, and as with most 2015s, the fruit is never jammy but always well-defined by acidity. This then adds a layer of concentration to the Superior and more caressing texture as well. The finish is longer too. This is a beauty that will be approachable young, but it will hold well—20 years should not be a problem, while more is easily possible. This still has some upside potential, by the way. You can certainly plunge in now, but it may yet develop more. If it does, it might even be entitled to an uptick.
About the old vines
Made from grapes coming from old vines at Quinta do Crasto averaging around 70 years of age, Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines is an authentic blend of the best that the Douro has to offer. It has built a solid national and international reputation due to its excellent price/quality ratio and to the ample number of bottles available on the market.
The Douro Demarcated Region is divided into three sub-regions: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Each has its own peculiar combination of topography, geology, climate, water resources, and so forth, all of which come together to form the unparalleled theatre of global winemaking that is Douro Valley.
The Cima Corgo sub-region is drier than the Baixo Corgo. Consequently, the yield/hectare is lower here, yet this is the area best suited to produce intense, complex and concentrated wines. The Quinta do Crasto soils are of schist complex types and have been worked into steep slopes near the river in a remarkably awe-inspiring work of human ingenuity.
Quinta do Crasto has numerous plots of old vines in this select terroir.
The excellent sun exposure with primarily eastern and southern aspects, in conjunction with the dry conditions of the Cima Corgo sub-region and the ability of schist soils to absorb and retain heat, come together to force the roots of these vines to grow dozens of meters deep in search of water. This also provides competition between the plants and contributes to the complexity and intensity of the wines produced.
The result has been to ensure the consistent production of the highest quality wines year after year. These wines manifest the matchless heritage that is the terroir of the Douro. Quinta do Crasto is proud to serve up this legacy to anyone who is lucky enough to taste their wines and to enjoy them.