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Wine from parcels of old, low yielding vines with up to 30 different grape varieties are kept back for ageing in French and American oak barrels for up to 18 months.
A high proportion of the grapes used in the blend are foot trodden in lagares.
The wine may be drunk soon after its release but has the depth and concentration to develop in bottle over the long term.
The aroma is intense with the complex aromas of spices and fresh red wild berries.
The taste is impressive and elegant, developing to a rich full and round palate of great balance.
Displaying rich Douro berry fruit characters with integrated oak tannin's with a great length of finish.
This wine can be drunk now but will further improve if carefully stored for up to 7 years
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The first known references to Quinta do Crasto date back to 1615, and at the time of the Marquês de Pombal the quinta was included in the first “Feitoria” (which restricted port production to an area demarcated by granite markets), alongside the most important quintas in the Douro region. One of these markers called “marco pombalino” dated from 1758, can still be seen at the Quinta. In the early 1900s, Quinta do Crasto was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, the founder of the famous Constantino Port house. After his death in 1923, his son Fernando de Almeida continued to run the Quinta and to produce the highest quality Port wines (1927 Vintage is still in the cellar). In 1981, Leonor Roquette (daughter of Fernando de Almeida) and her husband Jorge Roquette assumed a majority stake and management control over the estate, and with the help of their sons, Miguel and Tomás, initiated the process of remodelling and expanding the vineyards.
Manuel Lobo de Vasconcellos
Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhão. The quinta covers 130 hectares, of which 70 are planted with grade “A” vineyards. Sitting on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Like other great Douro quintas, its origins lie in ancient times (the name CRASTO comes from the Latin word castrum, a Roman fort). References to Quinta do Crasto date as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the world's first demarcated wine region in 1756. Large investments were made over the last years to restructure the vineyards and install modern winery equipment, guaranteeing the production of high quality table wines, such as Crasto Douro Red, Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines, single variety wines (100 % Touriga Nacional and 100% Tinta Roriz) and single vineyard wines.