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Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2008

Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2008


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Colour: Deep dark violet. Nose: Impressive, fresh aromas with stylish berry fruit notes and gum cistus hints. Palate: Very harmonious on the palate, this is a wine with an elegant profile. Solid structure, good volume and round tannins. Fine texture and excellent depth. Intense, fresh and elegant finish with great persistence.
Category Port
Region Portugal, Douro
Brand Quinta do Crasto
Alcohol/vol 20%
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe 2008 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an old-vines field blend aged in used Portuguese 9,000-liter tanks. It was bottled in July 2013. In this very elegant vintage that produced a lot of focused wines, Crasto managed to produce something rather sexy, sweet and delicious, but as with most fine LBVs, that's on first taste. After some air and a couple of days, it shows a firm backbone and tightens considerably. It is a wine that demonstrates some capability for aging, but it may be a touch more compact-and a bit more intense-than some others here. It is a more youthful and exuberant version of an LBV in Crasto's fine vertical here. Many might prefer this moment for this wine, but that's a mistake, because there is a lot going on here. It may be one of my favorite 2008s in this issue's LBV roundup. Its sappy young fruit is a marvel on opening. However, it should evolve and become more interesting, even if it is pretty hard to resist right now. Its structure will allow it to do so. It is a fine achievement in general and in the vintage. There were 27,000 bottles produced.

Mark Squires, February 2015