Quinta do Crasto
LBV Late bottled vintage Port 2011
Today we celebrate World Port Day!
Quinta do Crasto - LBV Late bottled vintage Port 2011 (89 tsomw points)
In the glass almost black with a garnet rim.
On the nose elegant aromas of raspberries, cherries and figs with hints of balsamic, herbs and blossom. Very fresh and elegant...like drinking a nice Douro table wine.
The palate shows juicy blackberries and figs with subtle hints of black pepper.
The tannic structure really reflects the careful extraction, with a gentle but firm grip. The smoky finish with its dark chocolate and liquorice notes has very good length.
This is a really outstanding LBV.
GRAPE VARIETIES Old Vines (several grape varieties)
WINEMAKING The grapes from old vines were taken to the winery in plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they were rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes with their stems were then slightly crushed and transferred to a traditional stone tank (“lagar”) where they were foot trodden. After this, the grape spirit was added to stop the fermentation and fortify the wine.
AGEING In large oak vats (9,000 litres) for about 4 years. Bottled without fining or filtration; a light sediment may form in the bottle over time.
TASTING Colour: Deep purple. Nose: Excellent aroma intensity and concentration, with fresh wild berry fruit notes and delicate hints of chocolate and gum cistus. Palate: Engaging beginning that leads to a wine of great volume, with a tight-knit structure of firm, finely-textured tannins nicely wrapped in fresh wild berry fruit notes. The finish is balanced, fresh and lingering.
WINEMAKERS Manuel Lobo.
Website winery: www.quintadocrasto.pt