2018 Herdade do Esporão Esporão Reserva, Portugal, Alentejo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is a blend of organic grapes: Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Syrah, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Touriga Franca, that is made in Portugal.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose is very pretty and perfumed/fragrant.  Cherries, anise and a slight dill (presumably from American oak) notes.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, lots of cherries and black cherries.  This has nice depth and is delicious.  Good acidity.  Some warmth on the long finish.  This drinks great on its own and will work with foods that one might paid with Pinot Noir s

2020 Herdade do Esporão Esporão Reserva Branco, Portugal, Alentejo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a blend of white organic grapes:  Antão Vaz, Arinto, and Roupeiro made in Portugal.  It sees 30% new American and French oak barrels and the rest is done in stainless steel.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is smoky with lemons, white pepper, peach and slight grapefruits.  Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture.  On the palate, nice lemon, peach and white pepper notes.  Lower acidity.  Long finish.  This drinks nicely on its own and will also work with lighter foods.  It is very tasty and should prove to be popular at this price point.  Drink over the next cou

2020 Herdade do Esporão Alentejo Colheita White, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is a white blend made from Antão Vaz, and Viosinho organic grapes.  Golden in color with silver hues, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruits, powdered sugar and slight vanilla (and yet, no oak was utilized).  Also an interesting minty note.  Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture.  Tingly acidity.  On the palate, lots of grapefruit with a slight bitter note.  This drinks easy and is refreshing.  It works nicely on its own and will work well with lighter foods.  Salads or seafood would be good but also chicken salad.  Drink over the next year.  Nice value.  

2018 Herdade do Esporão Alentejo Colheita, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a red blend using Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Aragonez organic grapes from Portugal.  Garnet in color, lighter at the rim, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, and a bit of chocolate.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, there is nice fruit here.  Easy drinking with black cherries and slight char.  Slight bitter cherry note on the end.  This is a nice value.  It drinks nicely on its own and will work well with weekday food such meatloaf, pizza or pasta.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2018 Carmim Monsaraz Tinto Reserva, Portugal, Alentejo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This a delicious blend from Portugal made up of Alicante Bouschet (60%),Trincadeira (20%), and Touriga Nacional (20%).  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, plums and slight black licorice.  A rich, velvety texture.  Firm tannins at the moment.  Black raspberries and also an interesting quality that has the taste of black raspberry seeds.  Long finish.  This may yet improve for the next five to seven years and should drink well for another five to seven after that.  This will work well with venison but also just a (veggie) burger off the grill.  An excellen

2018 Adega da Cartuxa EA, Portugal, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$9.00USD

This red blend from Portugal is made from 35% Aragonez, 30% Trincadeira, 20% Alicante Bouschet, and 15% Syrah.  It is fermented in steel, stabilized and meant for immediate consumption.  Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is sweaty, dusty with red berries.  On the palate, the red berries come thru with a tart acidity.  Some char/smoky notes which is interesting (must be from the Syrah).  This is an easy wine to drink both on the palate, and on the wallet.  It will work better with food and would be a nice choice for a party with burgers or ribs off the gri

2020 Herdade de São Miguel Colheita Seleccionada Rosé, Portugal, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah, and Aragonez.  Very pale pink/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lots of cranberries with nice minerality.  With air, the nose expanded to have some strawberries and slight earthiness.  Good acidity.  Light bodied.  On the palate, raspberries and cranberries.  Tart.  Turning  more to strawberries with a slightly oily texture on the finish.  12.5%ABV but some warmth.  This will work better with lighter foods or seafoods but would work with a pizza too.  Drink over the next year.  

2019 Herdade do Esporão Vinho Monte Velho Branco, Portugal, Alentejano, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

This is a white blend of Antão Vaz 40%, Perrum 40%, and Roupeiro 20%.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has golden raisins, slight hay and a bit of citrus.  On the palate, this has a viscous texture.  Nice citrus, lemon balm and some minerality.  Good finish with a bit of lemon candy notes.  This is an easy drinking wine with just enough tang to work on its own or with lighter foods.  It should be consumed voer the next year or two.  

2015 José Maria da Fonseca Alentejo José de Sousa, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Portugal is a great source for value in the wine world.  This wine provides exceptional value.  It is a blend of 52% Grand Noir, 33% Trincadeira, 15% Aragonês fermented in clay amphorae.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  the nose is nice with black raspberries, baking spice, dates and slight chocolate.

2014 Herdade do Esporão Esporão Reserva, Portugal, Alentejo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a blend of Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet.  Purple /ruby in color.  The nose is warm with black raspberries, raisins, dust and spice.  On the palate, this seems a bit cooler.  Cherries with dry earth.  Its a big fruity wine.  Some warmth on the finish.  There is some complexity here and light tannins.  It will take heartier foods.  These are pretty unique grapes so its not clear how well this ages.  Probably best to drink the next five years.  Still, for around $20, this is a nice value.  

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