Category Archives: Alentejo

2007 Herdade do Esporao Monte Velho Branca

esporao_brancoPlatinum with green in it. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, earth and mineral driven, lots of clay, flint, with lime, melon, and citrus, some floral elements, not oaky, and plenty of of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ acidity, mineral, citrus fruit, flowers, clean, crisp wine that’s crying for some shellfish. Different old world flavors here but very delicious and drinkable.    

2004 Herdade do Esporão Reserva Alentejo

esporao_reserva This wine kicked serious ass for me last week, and could be the best under $20 retail wine I have had in a while. 40% Aragones, 40% Trincadeira, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and loaded with layers of flavor and texture. On the nose, youthful but starting to develop secondary characteristics, medium+ intensity, blackberry, black cherry, black plum, meaty, very spicy, smoke, chalky earth, tobacco, baseball glove, with just enough oak to balance out the fruit and earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, explosive dark fruit, loaded with spice, med tannin, medium+ acidity, very dense and broad array of flavors, with an awesome finish that becomes creamy. New world approach to this rustic wine, that would crush people that like wines like Silver Oak.    

2003 Herdade do Esporão Alicante Bouschet Alentejo

esporao_alicante Another awesome red from this producer, very competitive for the dollar. Ruby color with fading rim. On the nose, moving toward bouquet, medium+ intensity, raspberry, red plum skin, cranberry, chalky dusty soil element, leather, anise, clove, lots of earth, and moderate trances of oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, very well balanced chalky earth, sour cherry, raspberry fruit, spice, leather, medium tannin, medium acidity, very old world, with nice finish. This wine reminded me of very good Sangiovese from Tuscany with a bit more muscle.    

2005 Herdade do Esporão Touriga Nacional Alentejo

esporao_tourigaNice dark color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black cherry, smoked meat, black licorice, leather, chalky earth, and some milkshake oak indicators. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, very nicely integrate fruit, oak, and earthy flavors, with med+ tannin, med acidity, solid backbone, and an above average finish. I thought this was across between well made Napa Cabernet and Aussie Shiraz, at a much more attractive price($20).