Quinta do Crasto, Douro DOC (Portugal) “Superior” 2016

($25, Folio Fine Wine Partners):  Lenor and Jorge Roquette represent the fourth generation of family ownership of Quinta do Crasto after assuming majority ownership in 1981.  They expanded from making Port to making dry red wine, which is more and more common now along the steep banks of the Douro River.  This dry robust red comes from the same grapes used for making Port, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Sousão.  A hefty red, displaying biting spice and angularity, this burly wine would be a good choice for hearty barbeque this summer or a braised lamb shank in the winter.
89 Michael Apstein Jul 13, 2021