Douro is historically known mainly for Port production for over 2000 years. Picture the seafaring voyages of dilapidated mariners gulping fortified wine that can quench their drunken palates for months. While there is much controversy over who was the first, Douro, Portugal claims it’s the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.
DEMARCATED: Wine law regulation within that country set the protection of boundaries and limits and for the production of XWZ wine.
The Douro region is divided into three sub-regions: from west to east the Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The fertile, cooler, rainier Baixo Corgo, closest to the Serra do Marão, is the sub-region with the most vineyards. The Cima Corgo, where Quinta Do Crasto is located including the towns of Pinhão, São João da Pesqueira and Tua, is the heartland of fine port production, also the source of many of today’s fine unfortified wines. Quinta Do Crasto meaning “Roman Fort” is located on the right bank of the Douro River. It sits like a fort between the influential towns Reguga and Pinhao in the core of the Douro Valley. The third is the least planted vine toward the border of Spain, the Douro Superior, with extreme temperature fluctuations; very cold in winter, infernally hot in summer, and largest of the sub-regions.
Most of the vineyards are planted on a steep terrace composed of granite soils along the Douro River. Although the region is renowned for Port, it produces more unfortified quality dry red wine. Portugal has proudly embraced the fact that they are uninfluenced by producing wine from fashionable grapes; such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc etc. Instead, native varieties are the business of the day and that is the way they ought to keep it. Wines from the Douro Valley feature signature red grapes such as in the number one spot, Touriga National, followed by Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, and to a lesser extent that is not indigenous, Tinta Roiz (aka Tempranillo). White native grapes represent less than 1%. Wines from this region are potent and full body.
Quinta Do Crasto dates back to the 1600s, but commercial significance didn’t begin until the Quinta was bought by Constantino de Almeida in the early 20th century. He is the renowned founder of Constantino wine house, dedicated to Port wine and Brandy production. The family’s century-old farmhouse was declared a national historical site. Then, his son Fernando soon took over Crasto. In 1981, His daughter, Leonor Roquette together with husband restaurateur Jorge Roquette took ownership and management, along with their sons, Miguel and Tomas. However, since 1994, it’s the sons that transformed Quinta do Crasto, making stunning wines that have received international acclaim.
The wine is a deep ruby with an opaque core. On the nose high intensity of ripe red fruit wild berry compote, cranberry sauce, red plum, stewed prunes, dusted cocoa beans and coffee, perfumed with fresh violets, hibiscus tea black pepper, and fennel. On the palate dry, medium- acid, low tannins, high alcohol, full body velvet texture, high intense notes of red ripe fruit, with red cherry cordial, raspberries, pomegranate, cranberries baked fruit along with dark flowers fresh coffee dusted cocoa, and five-spice medium- finish.
Aged in stainless steel, and aged in French oak for 6 months; It’s 35% Touriga National, 30% Tinta Roiz, 25% Touriga Franca.
This is a good wine, easy to drink and uncomplicated. It expresses a bounty of ripe field fruit and balanced with ripe tannins… It’s a bold fruit-forward wine, undetectable oak influence and acid is shy. To make this wine age-worthy, the tannins need to grip and acid could be elevated. It loses concentration on the finish. It’s not a bad wine, quite pretty. Make yourself a steak with creamy potatoes and sumptuously transform it. Discover this bottle at Hi Time Wine Cellars.
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