Thirsty Thursday makes its first journey to Portugal this week with the 2009 Quinta do Crasto Reserva. For those of you unfamiliar with non-Port wines from Portugal, nearly all are blends in one form or another of indigenous varietals. And unlike French wines, one cannot identity the contents of a particular bottle simply knowing its region of origin.
Therefore purchasing an unknown bottle of Portuguese wine can be somewhat a leap of faith and it’s best to do a little research prior to opening your pocket book.
However for the 2009 Quinta do Crasto Reserva, I’ve done the research for you and this is one Portuguese red wine that you need not restrain yourself from adding to your cellar or wine rack. Composed of upwards of 30 different varietals from vines around 70 years of age, the wine is a big meaty bastard of excellence. Round and complex the Quinta do Crasto Reserva begs to be paired with red meat off the bone and decanting is necessary to allow the wine to express itself fully.
Here is my complete review:
2009 Quinta do Crasto Reserva (Douro, Portugal)
Thick staining inky purple in color, this blend of upwards of 30 varietals offers up a fleshy meaty nose with hints of spice. Full bodied, supple, and round with refined tannins, the palate expresses a medley of raspberry, plum, and blueberry flavors followed by a tinge of cocoa. Finishes off dry with subtle dark fruits, cocoa, and a decent amount of acidity.
Retails around $40, but I found it for $28
93 Points Robert Parker
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