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2005 Quinta do Crasto Portugal Red "Reserva Old Vines"

Winery: Quinta do Crasto

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserva Old Vines"

Wine Category: Portugal Red

Grape blend: Old Vines - mixed plantings (among 25 to 30 different grape varieties).

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Douro

State or country: Portugal

Price: $40

Cases produced: 7,500

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: March 31, 2008

Wine Review: I was quite impressed with this terrific offering from Quinta do Crasto. This opaque dark purple wine opens with a spice blackberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is very well balanced, with nicely integrated acidity, with juicy black cherry, and blueberry flavors with notes of oak and a little dark chocolate. It was simply delicious. The finish is quite dry with soft lingering tannins that sail on for quite some time. If I thought this wine would cellar well for several years, it would have scored an Excellent. However, I think this wine will perform best in the short run from now until 2012. So find a bottle of this very impressive wine soon before it disappears and enjoy it with a grilled NY Strip Steak soon. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Colour: Deep brick red colour. Aroma: Very complex aromas, which are intense and lifted. Aromas of cigar box, tobacco leaf and tarry spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and vanillin), black plums and wild berry fresh fruits. Palate: Elegant but very compact bodied style. Rich fruits (black cherries, plums and wild Douro berries) and subtle chocolate and vanillin flavours. Fine grained tannins. The wine shows great length and structure.

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