Wine Region: Douro, Portugal
Grape: Touriga Nacional
This wine shows a vibrant dark violet color. On the nose, it is very attractive, intense and persistent, offering fresh red fruit aromas and vibrant violet flower notes. A serious wine of great volume with fresh fine textured tannins. Fresh red fruit flavors and hints of chocolate greet the palate, followed by a fresh, lingering finish.
Robert Parker 94 pts -Â The 2010 Touriga Nacional was aged for 16 months in new French oak and bottled in April, 2012. It comes in at 14% alcohol. If you appreciate grace, finesse and harmony, this will be exactly what you want. Despite its subtle opening, this tightened and then showed the ability to evolve constantly in the glass, not becoming truly expressive of the grape for a couple of hours. When I retasted it from a fresh, newly opened bottle a few days later, it was equally impressive for its focus and persistence, while showing gorgeous and classic floral notes and intensity of flavor on the finish.
Wine Spectator 93 pts -Â Exhibits a dark color, with rich aromas and flavors of dried plum, kirsch, mocha- and baker's chocolate, featuring notes of smoked meat. Displays good lift midpalate, with a muscular, well-spiced finish that offers plenty of tannic grip.
James Suckling 90 pts -Â A dense and dark red with blackberries, dark chocolate and hints of nutmeg. Full body with chewy tannins and an intense finish. Loads of fruit. Tangy.
About the Winery
Located in the heart of the Douro Valley, on the right bank of the river mid-way between Regua and Pinhao, Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Nestled on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto dates back to ancient times. The name Crasto is derived from the Latin word "castrum," or Roman fort. With its commanding unobstructed view of the river, it is not difficult to imagine why the Romans would choose to occupy such a strategic site. Quinta do Crasto produces different styles of port and table wines each year. Together with their winemakers and their entire team, they seek to produce year after year wines that display the unique and beautiful characteristics of the Douro, through a tireless devotion to tradition, integrity and excellence.