Deep ruby in colour with very ripe red fruit aromas. Very fruity on the palate, with good structure and light tannins which make it a very pleasant wine.
2015 vintage — fridge — 019 — last bottle -- nineteen -- 2015 vintage -- Park Royal Jan2018, $24.00 -- 90 points, Treve Ring said in Jan2018, "Firm, dark fruited and stony, this is a blend of 20+ year old tinta roriz, tinta barroca, touriga franca and touriga nacional from Crasto's vast and impressively sited vineyards in the Douro. Quinta do Crasto was first officially documented in 1615. Of their steep, undulating and terraced 135 ha estate, approximately 80 ha are planted, and include some of the most historic producing vines in the Douro, particularly from the Vinha da Ponte and Vinha Marie-Teresa vineyards, both over 100 years old. This is firm in youth, with grippy, stony tannins wrapping around cassis, dried tobacco, black plum and dried scrubby herbs. Acidity is bright, and the finish is bitter black cherry, both of which makes this primed for lamb now, and a few years in the cellar. Fantastic value, as are most of Douro's dry reds and whites" -- 90 points, Wine Advocate said, "The 2015 Tinto is a blend of 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Barroca. A small part of the blend was aged for six months in French oak. This has been seen before, but it is worth another look as it is a very fine value. It is still gloriously fruity, intense in flavor, yet showing lift to the fruit all the time. It is always fresh and lively, never jammy and sweet, even while very fruity. That may seem like a contradiction, but it's not. With more time in the bottle, it also is showing a bit more muscle as the fruit comes into perfect balance with the structure. This is even better now and a terrific value. Frankly, I'm not always sure how wines like this will age, because its fresh fruit is its biggest advantage. However, acidity also preserves. Plus, this is now showing a little complexity and it is better in perceptible structure, without the fruit losing much of anything. So, don't hesitate to drink it young, but it can hold for a decade from vintage date or more. Winemaker Manuel Lobo, by the way, said the '001 was still drinking well. I won't be that optimistic yet" -- 91 points, Int. Wine Report said in Aug2017, "The 2015 Douro Valley red from Quinta do Crasto is composed of 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca and 10% Tinta Barroca. It opens to aromas of blackberries and cherries along with violets, toast, spices and hints of chocolate shavings. On the palate this medium-full bodied red is nicely balanced and focused with a polished frame and lovely underling minerality. Overall this is a wonderful showing and a remarkable value from the famed Douro Estate. (Best '018-'026) -- 88 points, Beppi Crosariol said in Nov2017, "Full-bodied and chunky, with concentrated plum, blackberry jam, leather and licorice. And while there's also an autumnal underbrush quality, this four-grape red from the warm Douro Valley remains admirably fresh on balance" --