Wine Spectator | Rating: 95Deeply colored, with intense yet refined aromas and flavors of kirsch, boysenberry, dark cherry and spice. The fruit is supported by focused notes of mineral and graphite, and the finish is loaded with dark chocolate and medium tannins.Drink Dates: 2008-2015Author: Kim Marcus
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The 2005 Reserva Old Vines (7,500 cases produced from 70 year old vines) is the latest in a long line of Crasto Old Vines bottlings that I have generally found to be among the Douro's best bargains, usually exceptional wines for relatively reasonable money. This bottling is a creature of its vintage, more reserved, compact and lighter than the 2003 and 2004, yet with charming, refreshing and pristine fruit. It takes a good hour or so before there is any structure apparent, at which point I was relieved to see some power and some grip on the finish. This isn't as shy as it first appears, and in fact it has intensity to go with its tasty fruit and soft texture. Over two hours of aeration it became more, not less, perceptibly tannic, and it kept improving for some five hours in a decanter -- not a bad performance for a wine you can probably get on the street for around $30. It is also enlivened by some brightness on the finish. Notwithstanding the many charms of this fine, persistent and graceful wine, I would give the nod to the decadent 2003 or the delicious 2004 in recent vintages. Its oak treatment seems far more neutral than on the 2003, though.Drink Dates: 2009-2019Author: Mark Squires
Self | Rating:Medium Ruby red, intense blueberry and fresh blackberry aromas, stewed plums, fresh teragon, floral and spice, vanilla bean and a hint of blood sausage. The palate displays bright red berry fruit, medium- tannin, medium+ acidity, beautiful balance and grace, this wine is drinking great at 7 years old it has shed it's harsh tannin of a few years ago and found its equilibrium. Medium lengthAuthor: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Regua and Pinhao. The quinta covers 130 hectares, of which 70 are planted with grade "A" vineyards. Sitting on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Like other great Douro quintas, its origins lie in ancient times (the name CRASTO comes from the Latin word castrum, meaning a Roman fort). References to Quinta do Crasto date as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the world's first demarcated wine region in 1756.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 150 bottles owned
- 33 collectors