Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacionale 2001

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I’ve become quite fascinated with Portuguese dry reds in the past couple year after tasting a Quinta do Crasto old vine Douro blend from 2004. Over time I managed to pick up a fair sampling of Crasto’s more expensive bottlings on sale at the signature store in downtown Vancouver. The aging potential is still not the same as top french wines, but I like the fact that these wines can be consumed younger – I already have enough stuff waiting in the cellar as it is.

The nose on this Varietal wine (Touriga Nacionale) was rich in bacon fat and luscious dark fruit. The palate was incredibly silky with blueberry, chocolate, and dark berry compote. Round and port-like, this was also delicate with very fine tannin. Perhaps fading slightly now, this could have used a bit more grip, but the elegance and rich luscious fruity goodness was unmistakable. So, while this wine didn’t have a crazy bevy of complex layers nor a particularly long finish, it did have incredible purity of fruit. And, that is pretty enjoyable in itself.

$80 ($54 on sale)


  1. Joe
    November 8, 2008

    I had the cheapest Crasto available and it was terrific – under $15 at LCBO. Bitten by the Portuguese wine bug, I think…

  2. Shea
    November 8, 2008

    Crasto is very solid across their line. If you can find Niepoort’s dry reds they are supposed to be among the Douro’s best. Hard to find, though (at least here).

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