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, http://www.klwines.com; Manhattan Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, http://www.manhattanfinewines.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times