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2010 and 2011 Crasto, Douro


I really enjoyed the 2009 Quinta do Crasto, Douro as noted in Three Tasty Wines for the Weekend.  After tasting both the 2010 and 2011 vintages side by side I am happy to report that I also enjoyed the 2011 vintage.   It is well priced and enjoyable in its youth.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.  On a side note I have spent the last week or two obsessed with the 17th and 18th century vineyards of England.  I knew they existed but did not realize there were over fifty vineyards throughout those two centuries.  If you are curious then I recommend check out a few books namely Richard Selley’s Winelands of Britain, Stephen Skelton’s The Wines of Britain and Ireland, and the thorough Hugh Barty-King’s A Tradition of English Wine. For contemporary accounts check out the article on Coates & Seely in the May 2013 issue of House & Garden and the article on UK sparkling in the May 2013 issue of Decanter Magazine.

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2011 Quinta do Crasto, Crasto, Douro – $15
Imported by Broadbent Selections.  This wine is a blend of 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca, and 10% Tinta Barroca.   Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose is of fresh fruit cobbler and pretty perfume.  In the mouth there is a bit more ripe fruit, grip then blue fruit with a cool aspect.  The tannins are ripe which goes well with the grip.  There was good expansion in the finish followed by a very likeable long aftertaste.  Good in its youth and held up well over three nights.  *** Now-2018.

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2010 Quinta do Crasto, Crasto, Douro – $15
Imported by Broadbent Selections.  This wine is a blend of 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca, and 10% Tinta Barroca.   Alcohol 14.5%.  There was a light nose of fresh, purple berries and some perfume.  It was a familial nose but not as aromatic nor intense as with the 2010 vintage.  In the mouth there were fresh, forward berries, good up front flavors of slightly dense fruit.  The flavors were cooler with more acidity coming out.  There were notes of violet as the fruit flavors firmed a bit in middle and end.  The wine was more rough and unrefined with pencil lead in the structure.  ** Now-2018.

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