TN: 2002 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

  • 2002 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines - Portugal, Douro (2/25/2011)
    Upon opening this exhibited bright cherries and a woodiness that gave way a short time later becoming more mature and subdued. A soft texture, pomegranates keeping the tar and leather balanced, with a moderate amount tannins showing up late on the finish. The finish is short and simpler compared to other Reserva’s from this decade but still medium in length and pleasurable. From a year that started off well and was basically ruined by rain during harvest this has held up well and is drinking nicely at the moment. Although if this bottle is representative, I don’t really see this getting much better with further aging. Over the course of a couple hours the tannins became very chalky and dominated the finish which took on a tartness that left it a little out of balance. Still an enjoyable bottle but I’m afraid the tannins will outlive the fruit and throw this out of balance in a few years.
    89 Points (89 pts.)

Posted from CellarTracker

Never tasted the 02 but appreciate your note. I have one 03 left in my cellar!

Bob,
This is only the second time I’ve had it myself, the first was last month from a bottle with questionable storage, this was a perfectly cellared bottle. Not a vintage from the Douro one sees often that’s for sure. The 2003 is still going strong, so I’d leave it for a while longer.