1998 Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa

Anything but Port, this includes all non-Port fortified wines even if they call themselves Port. There is a search facility for this part of the forum.
Forum rules
Anything but Port, this includes all non-Port fortified wines even if they call themselves Port. There is a search facility for this part of the forum.
Post Reply
Andy Velebil
Dow 1980
Posts: 2608
Joined: 22:16 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Los Angeles, Ca USA
Contact:

1998 Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa

Post by Andy Velebil » 21:37 Sun 11 Aug 2019

It's been close to a decade since I've last had this and when I saw it in the cellar decided it was time to check in on it. Took to dinner with friends to pair with an amazing 41 ounce 45-day dry aged Porterhouse. Wine was decanted about 3 hours before consuming. This has really lightened up on the fruit front and is now displaying bright acidic driven cherries, fully resolved tannins and distinctive tobacco leaf. This is not the big rich profile of more modern Maria Teresa's, but far more Burgundian if I had to compare it to something more widely known. It continued to open up as time went on and got even more elegant. The palate had long lingering flavors and the finish a bit shorter. By the end of the bottle my thoughts were this is a wine that has reached its peak and is sitting on a plateau, where it should stay for a few more years before it starts a slow slide into old age.
93 Points

Post Reply