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Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte

Douro Valley

For some wine enthusiasts and critics, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is one of this estate’s best wines, one of the best, in fact, in the entire Douro region. Like its sister wine, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte takes its name from a centenary plot of vines. It is only bottled in years of exceptional quality that yield lively and deep coloured wines. Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is a super premium, single vineyard Douro DOC red wine. It is released in highly limited quantities, due to the low yield of the old vines, especially those over a hundred years of age. Rarely are more than 4,000 bottles produced. Considered one of the most emblematic wines of this historic winery, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte has only been produced in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 2015 and 2016, and it fully lives up to the fame of those exceptional vintages.

Tasting Notes

Deep purple in color. The nose shows elegant aromas of wild berry fruit, well-integrated with fresh spice notes and delicate cocoa hints. Balanced on the palate, evolving into a wine of great volume, with a solid structure made of velvety-textured tannins. This is a complex wine, with an elegant, fresh and lingering finish. A wine from a unique terroir that perfectly reflects the enormous complexity and depth of the Vinha da Ponte vineyard.

Adverse weather conditions made 2016 a complex year. The winter saw generous levels of rainfall, far above the average for the last thirty years. It was also warmer than usual through the end of January. The rain continued into early spring, but it was accompanied by an considerable fall in temperatures that slowed the growth of the vines. July and August were extremely hot and dry. The rainy winter had provided abundant water reserves that yielded lush vines with excellent canopies. The grapes were ripening well, if slowly. Quinta do Crasto saw 18mm of rain on 24 and 25 August, which was of great benefit to the vines. This, together with a fall in temperatures in early September, gave rise to the perfect ripening of the grapes. The white grape harvest began on 2 September and the first red wine grapes began coming into the winery on 5 September. The good weather continued throughout the harvest, enhancing maturation and this allowed us to pinpoint the exact moment to pick each particular vineyard or variety. As a result, the whites, reds and Ports made this year had excellent color, deep aromas and serious structure, as well as being elegant and well-balanced. The complexity of this harvest meant the viticultural and winemaking team had to spend considerable time in the vineyards so as to make the most important decisions that would lead to great wines.

The grapes, coming from the vineyard plot Vinha da Ponte, are taken to the winery in 22 kg boxes. On arrival in the winery they are rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes are then completely destemmed and crushed in traditional stone tanks (´lagares´). After this, the juice is transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the juice is gently pressed. Aging: About 20 months in new oak barrels. The final wine is made from a selection of the finest barrels.

For some wine enthusiasts and critics, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is one of this estate’s best wines, one of the best, in fact, in the entire Douro region. Like its sister wine, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte takes its name from a centenary plot of vines. It is only bottled in years of exceptional quality that yield lively and deep colored wines. Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is a super premium, single vineyard Douro DOC red wine. It is released in highly limited quantities, due to the low yield of the old vines, especially those over a hundred years of age. Rarely are more than 4,000 bottles produced. The grapes are foot trodden in traditional stone trough or lagares at Quinta do Crasto, and the wine is then aged for 20 months in French oak barrels at the Barrel Cellar under strictly controlled temperature and humidity conditions. This is a distinctive wine, with rich and intense aromas of ripe fruit that stand out elegantly over the notes of oak. It is powerful and elegant on the palate and finishes with great balance and persistence, ensuring its development in the bottle for years to come. Considered one of the most emblematic wines of this historic winery, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte has only been produced in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and it fully lives up to the fame of those exceptional vintages.

Tasting Notes

Deep purple in color. Impressive on the nose, showing intensity and concentration, with red berry fruit aromas and hints of fresh spice. The palate is intense and elegant, combining volume, silky-textured tannins and notes of red berry fruit. The finish is long, lingering, balanced and fresh. This is a terroir wine that perfectly reflects its provenance.

2015 was a dry but well-balanced year that was saved by the right amount of rainfall at exactly the right moment. July and August were mild, with hot days and cold nights, which had a positive influence on the ripening of the grapes. The white grape harvest began on 21 August and the first red wine grapes arrived in the winery from the Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior on 29 August. Weather conditions throughout the harvest were favorable. Rain on 15 and 16 September favored the final ripening of the grapes of some vineyard plots. The Vinha da Ponte, with its south/east facing aspect, found in 2015 exceptional conditions to reach full ripeness. The grapes of this vineyard plot were harvested on 8 September. This is a year whose wines stand out for their generous fruit, natural freshness and extraordinary elegance.

The grapes, coming from the vineyard plot Vinha da Ponte, are taken to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they are rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes are then completely destemmed and slightly crushed. After this, they are transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the grape are gently pressed using hydraulic presses. Aging: About 20 months in new French oak barrels. The final wine is made from a selection of the finest barrels.

For some wine enthusiasts and critics, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is one of this estate’s best wines, one of the best, in fact, in the entire Douro region. Like its sister wine, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte takes its name from a centenary plot of vines. It is only bottled in years of exceptional quality that yield lively and deep coloured wines. Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is a super premium, single vineyard Douro DOC red wine. It is released in highly limited quantities, due to the low yield of the old vines, especially those over a hundred years of age. Rarely are more than 4,000 bottles produced. The grapes are foot trodden in traditional stone trough or lagares at Quinta do Crasto, and the wine is then aged for 20 months in French oak barrels at the Barrel Cellar under strictly controlled temperature and humidity conditions. This is a distinctive wine, with rich and intense aromas of ripe fruit that stand out elegantly over the notes of oak. It is powerful and elegant on the palate and finishes with great balance and persistence, ensuring its development in the bottle for years to come. Considered one of the most emblematic wines of this historic winery, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte has only been produced in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and it fully lives up to the fame of those exceptional vintages.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: Opaque, with deep purple hints.
  • Aroma: Intense on the nose, displaying fresh wild berry fruit aromas and elegant notes of fine spices. The nose is seductive, engaging and complex.
  • Palate: Elegant start, leading to a voluptuous wine with a tight-knit structure. The fresh and finely-textured tannins are well-integrated with retronasal notes of wild berry fruit. This is a harmonious wine, with a perfectly balanced and lingering finish.

The grapes, coming from Vinha da Ponte, a plot of Quinta do Crasto´s vineyard, were taken to the winery in plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on arrival. The grapes were first foot trodden in a traditional stone tank (“lagar”) and after this, they were transferred into an open stainless steel tank with robotic pistons. Fermentation took place for 7 days under strict controlled temperature environment. Aging: 20 months in new French oak barrels (225 litres).

  • 93

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte
    James Suckling, November 2020

    "Blueberry, milk-chocolate, shea-butter, lavender and praline aromas. Full-bodied with firm, ripe tannins. Smooth and polished. Wonderful now, but even better from 2021."

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  • 95

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte
    Wine Spectator, July 2021

    "A bold, suave red, with a deep pool of flavors marked with blackberry tart, mocha, steeped currant and vivid mineral elements, all backed by svelte tannins, while hints of cedar, wild herb, tar and spice sail on through the finish. This is brooding, with lots of stuffing to evolve over time. Drink now through 2036. From Portugal."

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  • 96

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte
    Wine Advocate, February 2019

    "The 2016 Vinha da Ponte, a field blend from very old vines (100 years), was aged in new French oak for 20 months. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Elegant and carefully concentrated—meaning you can feel the concentrated fruit but without jam and sloppiness—this brooding Ponte has a big kick on the finish. Powerful, intense and stern, it doesn't show a lot of expressive fruit compared to the Maria Teresa (despite some six hours of double decanting)—it never does when young. It typically develops later and always lacks Maria Teresa's lively personality overall. Despite its brooding nature, this still seems exceptional, though. It is a very fine Ponte that has the potential for long aging (perhaps even better than indicated) and development in the cellar. As with the 2016 Maria Teresa, I'm a little wary of this wine (it was only in bottle for 90 days and recently shipped to boot), but I'm leaning up a bit here. As Ponte goes, this was more expressive than normal, while retaining all of its typical concentration and power. This will be released sometime in 2020, but it sure won't be ready then. Try it around 2025-2027 for better results. There were 4,200 bottles produced, plus some large-format bottles."

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  • 96

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    "Cellar Selection"

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  • 94+

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte
    Wine Advocate, February 2019

    "The 2015 Vinha da Ponte, a field blend from very old vines (100 years), was aged in new French oak for 20 months. When last seen (a year back), this was promising but fairly closed. A year has not been enough to fully change that conclusion. It has more concentration than wines like the Reserva or the Touriga, but it still shows too little personality and expression of fruit. True, Ponte (unlike Maria Teresa or the Touriga Nacional) is never the high-personality wine among the upper level reds, but even so. This remains a touch stolid and dense, at least now. It broods. It obviously has upside potential, as I last indicated, but it may take awhile to get there, so plan on having storage solutions. This needs some time to become more expressive. I certainly like this, but I'm not yet fully convinced. There were just 2,314 bottles produced, plus some large-format bottles"

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  • 95

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte
    Wine Spectator, March 2019

    "Full-bodied, with lots of finesse to the cherry pie and ripe boysenberry notes, this red delivers baking spice, sandalwood and espresso accents that sail through the sinewy, mineral-infused finish. Powerful yet elegant. Drink now through 2030"

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TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

2016 Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte – Label

2016 Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte – Tasting notes

Quinta do Crasto – Roquette Family

Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Barrel Cellar

Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Entrance Gate

Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Fall Foliage

Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Harvest

Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Infinity Pool

Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Overview 1

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Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Overview 3

Quinta do Crasto Estate Photography – Overview 4

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