2009 Quinto do Crasto Douro

Another one of the wines we had at Salt Wine Bar a few weeks back, this wine left a much poorer impression on me. Quinto do Crasto is a large Portuguese producer located on the Douro River. Well known for their ports and red table wines, the winery has had some solid wines in the past. As this was a short outing, so too will be the write up.

A dark, deep red colour presented itself in my glass; it was not to be the last of the stark notes on this wine. With blackberry and cinnamon on the nose and the colour of the wine gods I was hoping this Tinta Roriz blend was going to hit it out of the park. Sadly the first few sips were muted, almost dull. The tannins, while firmly in your mouth, were just overwhelming and not enjoyable. The oak is distinctly present, almost as if it was trying to hide poor fruit. Overall this was a medium-full bodied young wine that was a distinctive miss or the hit-or-miss scale. Sadly it failed to live up to the price point that Salt charges for it. If you are looking for the wine, the going price appears to be ~$14-16 a bottle through online retailers. For the wineries tasting notes click here.

The CWG Subjective Rating is 81 out of 100.


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