Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2016
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A blend of 30 grape varieties from vines at least 70 years old, this wine boasts denisty and a firm structure. It is powered by tannins, dark black-fruit flavors and great concentration, and is an impressive wine that needs time. Drink from 2022.
Seamless flavors of sandalwood, steeped cherry, espresso and boysenberry are packed into this brooding red, with undertones of slate, savory spice, hoisin sauce and anise that gain traction on the plush, lengthy finish. Impressive energy and concentration. Drink now through 2028. 700 cases imported.
The 2016 Reserva Old Vines (an average age of 70 years) represents 37 of Crasto's 42 plots and/or small vineyards of old vines. In 2016, three were discarded for poor performance, while Maria Teresa and Ponte were not included because they were bottled separately this year. It was aged for 16 to 18 months, depending on lot, in 65% new oak (85/15 French and American) and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Solid in the mid-palate, this has impressive depth and a seductive demeanor. The finish lingers beautifully. After an initial creamy hit of texture, it becomes silkier and sensual. Beautifully balanced, this has moderate tannins. It drank well after some hours of double decanting, but it is not really ready to drink. It will be much better around 2023, although it is approachable. How does it compare to the 2015 revisited this issue? They weren't really tasted together, although in relatively close proximity. The 2015 may have better-defined fruit. This might have a little more depth. They are both very fine and a lot of fun. They both need to develop some complexity. It will take a few years to determine who the winner is for sure. I lean to the 2015, but let's call it even for the moment. There were 87,000 bottles produced.