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Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa

Douro Valley

Since its first release in 1998, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has conquered the status of being one of the great Portuguese wines, having received top reviews in the national and international press over recent years. It is exclusively sourced from Vinha Maria Teresa, a small plot of centenary vines that inspired its name and which is one of the oldest at Quinta do Crasto. This vineyard plot is located at extremely low altitudes and enjoys excellent sun exposure. Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa is a super premium, single vineyard, Douro DOC red wine that is only bottled in exceptional years and always in strictly limited numbers. Taking advantage of the low yield of these old vines, the Quinta do Crasto winemaking team has managed to make a world class wine that is complex and full of character and that is capable of ageing in the bottle for years to come. Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has only been produced in the following years: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. 2007 witnessed the largest production, 8,001 bottles. For many wine lovers, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa is one of the great Douro wines and one of the most emblematic. Having the chance to taste this wine is a veritable privilege.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in color. The nose impresses for its extraordinary freshness and complexity, showing fresh, forest aromas, wild berries notes and floral hints. The palate offers an elegant beginning, evolving into a wine of excellent volume and solid structure. The fine-textured tannins are well-integrated with lovely retronasal notes that evoke fresh aromas of gum cistus and wild berry fruit. The finish is balanced and persistent. This is a true wine, with its own identity, which reflects the purity and complexity of the Vinha Maria Teresa 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 Maria Teresa, 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 (90% French oak; 10% American oak). The final wine is made from a selection of the finest barrels.

Since its first release in 1998, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has conquered the status of being one of the great Portuguese wines, having received top reviews in the national and international press over recent years. It is exclusively sourced from Vinha Maria Teresa, a small plot of centenary vines that inspired its name and which is one of the oldest at Quinta do Crasto. This vineyard plot is located at extremely low altitudes and enjoys excellent sun exposure. Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa is a super premium, single vineyard, Douro DOC red wine that is only bottled in exceptional years and always in strictly limited numbers. Taking advantage of the low yield of these old vines, the Quinta do Crasto winemaking team has managed to make a world class wine that is complex and full of character and that is capable of ageing in the bottle for years to come. Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has only been produced in the following years: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. 2007 witnessed the largest production, 8,001 bottles. For many wine lovers, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa is one of the great Douro wines and one of the most emblematic. Having the chance to taste this wine is a veritable privilege.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in color. The nose is intense, with gum cistus aromas, fresh berry fruit notes and elegant hints of spice. Appealing on the palate, evolving into an engaging, serious wine, with firm, fine-textured tannins. The finish is fresh, long and lingering. This is a beautiful wine that expresses the essence of the unique terroir of the Vinha Maria Teresa.

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 Maria Teresa, with its east facing aspect, found in 2015 optimal conditions to reach full ripeness. The grapes of this vineyard plot were harvested on 12 September and 19 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 Maria Teresa, 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 oak barrels (90% French oak; 10% American oak). The final wine is made from a selection of the finest barrels.

Since its first release in 1998, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has conquered the status of being one of the great Portuguese wines, having received top reviews in the national and international press over recent years. It is exclusively sourced from Vinha Maria Teresa, a small plot of centenary vines that inspired its name and which is one of the oldest at Quinta do Crasto. This vineyard plot is located at extremely low altitudes and enjoys excellent sun exposure. Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa is a super premium, single vineyard, Douro DOC red wine that is only bottled in exceptional years and always in strictly limited numbers. Taking advantage of the low yield of these old vines, the Quinta do Crasto winemaking team has managed to make a world class wine that is complex and full of character and that is capable of ageing in the bottle for years to come. Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has only been produced in the following years: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. For many wine lovers, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa is one of the great Douro wines and one of the most emblematic.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: Opaque with deep violet hues.
  • Nose: Extraordinary complex on the nose, with fresh aromas of spice, gum cistus and wild berry fruit. Everything is well-balanced, resulting in a wine of great freshness and depth.
  • Palate: Lush and charming beginning that leads to a tight-knit structure of firm, finely-textured tannins nicely wrapped in complex flavours of wild berry fruit and fresh spice. A unique and distinctive wine with an elegant and lingering finish.

The grapes, coming from Vinha Maria Teresa, 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 oak barrels (225 litres) (85% French oak, 15% American oak)

  • 92

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
    James Suckling, November 2020

    "Blackberry, smoke, tar and dark-berry aromas follow through to a full body with round, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Chocolate and toasted-oak undertones. Better after 2021."

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  • 95

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    Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

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  • 96

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
    Wine Spectator, March 2020

    "Beautifully concentrated, with lots of depth to the ripe boysenberry, violet and steeped cherry flavors. Vivid undertones of graphite, savory spice and anise gain traction along with hints of baking spice, rose water and cedar on the long, plush finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. From Portugal."

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  • 97+

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
    Wine Advocate, February 2019

    "The 2016 Vinha Maria Teresa, a field blend from centenarian vines, was aged for 20 months in new oak (90% French, 10% American). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This was not tasted with the 2015 this issue, but both were in relatively close proximity. For the moment, this seems more spectacular. With wines at this level, only the future will tell us what the ultimate answer is, but this seems on track to be one of Crasto's greatest Maria Teresas, which also means it might be one of its greatest wines ever."

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  • 95

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
    Wine Spectator, July 2019

    "A powerhouse wine, showing lots of concentration and elegance, offering raspberry reduction, boysenberry and ripe red plum notes, interwoven with spice, tea and mint details. Elements of graphite, floral and olive linger on the velvety finish. Best from 2020 through 2029. From Portugal.—"

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  • 96

    points

    Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
    Wine Advocate, February 2019

    "The 2015 Vinha Maria Teresa, a field blend from 100-year-old vines, was aged for 20 months in new oak (90% French, 10% American). It comes in at 14.6% alcohol. To my mind—reasonable minds may differ—this is usually Crasto's best bottling when it appears. When first seen a year ago, it was lovely, but it had some questions to answer. It hasn't evolved enough to cause me to change my mind much either way. The grip is subtle on the finish—Crasto always tries to tame tannins—but there is plenty of it, and the fruit lingers beautifully. It seems lush and gorgeous. To its typically delicious fruit, it adds a hint of earthiness."

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    Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
    Wine Advocate, April 2016

    "The 2013 Vinha Maria Teresa is Crasto's lone single vineyard wine this year--there will be no Ponte--and it is a beauty. Showing the big flavor that this bottling always produces, it is nonetheless a remarkably graceful wine, impeccably balanced, pointed and focused. Over the years, this bottling has become ever more graceful while always retaining its identity. Never bombastic these days, this bottling can be a good food wine, as well as a tasty treat. The bright fruit, laced with a bit of blueberry and vanilla in its youth, becomes more nuanced over time and continues to evolve in the glass. Some air and time does this a lot of good. Its tannins are well integrated, but they do make an appearance. Overall, this is very approachable, but it would be a waste to dive in now. It should hold together very well in cellar over the next couple of decades; let's start conservatively in that regard. It is a beauty overall."

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