Wine of the Week: 2009 Quinta do Crasto 'Old Vine Reserva'

Los Angeles Times

A fascinating beauty fromPortugal'sDouro, the 2009 Quinta do Crasto reserve comes from old vines (average age 70) and 25 to 30 different grapes. In other words, it's a field blend, hand-harvested from the steeply canted vineyards along the Douro River.

Soft and elegant and tasting of red plums and blueberries, this is a wine to serve with something substantial, the better to savor the wine's nuances.

Region: Douro, Portugal

Price: About $37 to $40

Style: Rich and full-bodied

What it goes with: Roast birds, game, braised beef

Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,; Manhattan Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454,; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454.

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