Vinhas Velhas Old Vines Reserva, Quinta do Crasto 2015

RegionPortugal
SubregionPortugal
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

This powerful red is rich in steeped cherry, red plum and currant flavors that are matched to herb, graphite and olive elements, aided by aromas of tea and anise that dovetail into the tangy finish. Drink now through 2026. 7,500 cases made. Highly Recommended.

Score: 94, Wine Spectator, October 2018

This powerful red is rich in steeped cherry, red plum and currant flavors that are matched to herb, graphite and olive elements, aided by aromas of tea and anise that dovetail into the tangy finish. Drink now through 2026. 7,500 cases made. Highly Recommended.

 , Wine Spectator, October 2018

The 2015 Reserva Old Vines is a field blend from old vines (average age: 70 years) aged for 16 to 18 months in 65% new oak (85% French, the rest American), depending on the lots. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This year, as reported in my first look at this about a year ago, Crasto eliminated two southern-exposure plots in the vineyard because they were not fresh enough. Plus, Maria Teresa and Vinha da Ponte lots were eliminated because both produced separate wines this year.

This has fleshed out a bit, showing a mouth-coating demeanor and texture that it didn't originally reveal, but it has not changed a lot. It retains the elegance and freshness I expect from the vintage and the brand. It still is young, a little unevolved and has a long way to go to develop complexity. The tannins are relatively ripe, so you can drink this now if you want to, but that will not be its highest and best use. Come back in another couple of years for better results. There were 90,000 bottles produced.

Score: 94Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, February 2019

This powerful red is rich in steeped cherry, red plum and currant flavors that are matched to herb, graphite and olive elements, aided by aromas of tea and anise that dovetail into the tangy finish. Drink now through 2026. 7,500 cases made. Highly Recommended

Score: 94Gillian Sciaretta, Wine Spectator (230), October 2018

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