Jack Tipple’s Weekly Wine Picks 1/17-1/24
Jack’s Picks of the Week: 1/17-1/24
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Winemaker’s Notes: Light golden to greenish yellow. A floral bouquet with ripe apple and citrus fruit flavors. A rich, silky mouth feel and a hint of almonds on a long smooth finish. This wine goes well with shellfish, fish, quenelles, white meats in cream sauce, poultry, and sweetbreads.
On Sale Thru 1/24: $25.99
Winemaker’s Notes: Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines shows a complex aroma, with the fruit and the oak very well integrated and revealing spicy nuances. Intense and deep on the palate. The firm tannic structure gives great balance to the wine, with a long and lingering finish.
94 Points Wine Spectator: Powerful, rich and refined, with a lithe mouth-feel and flavors of boysenberry, sandalwood, macerated cherry and damson plum. Very mineraly as well, featuring loads of spicy notes on the well-structured, lingering finish. Elegant. Drink now through 2022.
93 Points Robert Parker: The 2012 Reserva Old Vines, Crasto’s familiar brand, is easily the best intersection of price and quality in Crasto’s 2012s, although that is frequently true. It comes awfully close to being the best wine, too. It is a very fine performance in this restrained year. It was aged for 18 months in barriques (85% French). With more depth and persistence than any of the other bottlings Crasto submitted this issue, excepting only the Vinha da Ponte, it shows nice depth for a 2012, fine structure with persistence and tension on the finish and that crisp, invigorating air that Crasto’s 2012s display. It is a creature of the vintage–but a very pretty creature it is. It is not as lush as some entrants in this brand or as deep, but few have had this lively feel to them. It is pretty delicious, too. It will be approachable young, but give it a couple of years if you can. It should also age well, given its acidity and real backbone. It is perhaps noteworthy that Crasto cut out three southern-facing vineyards from the blend this year, and also added in most of the fruit that would otherwise go to Maria Teresa, another of its specialty wines.
On Sale Thru 1/24: $31.99