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Crasto Douro Superior 2011

Crasto Douro Superior 750ml 2011        
Sku: 1908249*

Quinta do Crasto has been making wine for almost 400 years. Today, the estate is owned by the Roquette family. In 1910, Quinta do Crasto was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, founder of the Constantino Port house. Following his death in 1923, his son, Fernando de Almeida, continued to run the Quinta. In 1981, Fernando de Almeida’s daughter, Leonor Roquette, and Jorge Roquette, her husband, assumed majority ownership and management of the estate. With the help of their sons, Miguel and Tomas, they began the process of replanting the vineyards and renovating the winery. The winemakers are Manuel Lobo and Tomas Roquette Quinta do Crasto is classified as an ’A’ grade vineyard property. Situated on the right bank of the Douro River, between Regua and Pinhao, the estate spans 371 acres, of which 173 acres are planted to vines. The vineyards, rising from the banks of the Douro River to an elevation of 2,000 feet, are planted on south facing terraces carved from schist based soils. The upper part of the property is planted to about 40 indigenous varieties including Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cao, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Francisca, Sousao, Rufete, Arinto, and Rabigato at various sites. Most of the older vines were planted in the early 1900’s and some of the vines as old as 110 years old. The newer plantings are 20 years old on average. In the lower part of Crasto are the Vinha Maria Teresa and Vinha da Ponte Vineyards, the source for their single vineyard flagship wines. The Quinta combines state-of-the-art vinification technology with traditional foot treading in granite tanks called lagares for the ports. Fruit for vintage ports is hand-picked. For the still wines, the fruit is hand-picked, destemmed, gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel vats.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 92 points (Apr 2014)
The 2011 Tinto Crasto Superior is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, and 5% Sousao, aged in French oak (only 35% new) for 12 months. This is the relatively new bottling that has given signs of becoming a force in its own right at a very reasonable price. In this 2011 vintage, this may be the moment when this not only becomes a force, but easily outpaces everything else in the lineup as the biggest bargain (although the Reserva, if not as inexpensive, has some serious bragging points, too). This seems serious this year, concentrated, beautifully structured, and well-balanced. It has shown those signs before, such as with the 2009, but that lacked this wines balance. With nice tension on the finish, it proves that it has structure, yet never becomes overbearing. The oak marks it a bit too much on opening, but the oak was absorbed by the reasonably concentrated mid-palate in 90 minutes. It finishes with a crisp feel, lacing wonderfully tasty fruit into the mid-palate. It is a wine that combines the seriousness of the upper-level with the freshness of the lower-end wines. At the end of the day, its just plain delicious. This is quite a value this year. Drink 2015-2024.
 Wine Spectator 90 points (May 7 2014)
A suave, juicy style, with taut, focused flavors of cherry, paprika, dark plum and beef. Firmly tannic, with some peppery notes that extend onto the dense, rich finish. Drink now through 2020.K.M.

Wine maker notes
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. Crasto Superior is fresh and balanced on the nose. Fresh on the palate, great body and ripe firm tannins. Very complex notes of dark berried fruits, gum cistus and cocoa lingering towards the elegant finish. Excellent length.

Technical notes
(Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousao). Destemmed fruit was slightly crushed and transferred to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine aged for 12 months in French oak.

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Country: Portugal
Region: Duriense
Sub-Region: Douro - Porto
Grape Varietal: Red Portugese Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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