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2011 Herdade de Esporão Red Riserva

2011 Herdade de Esporão Red Riserva Alentejo, Portugal

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Today's Wine Comments:

93 points Wine Enthusiast plus a coveted Editor’s Choice designation. This Portuguese red also handily took home medals from the International Wines & Spirits Competition and the Decanter World Wine Awards.

“This powerful wine has managed to keep a great sense of balance. Solid tannins are tempered by a more dusty texture, smooth black plum fruits, rich, concentrated acidity and juicy final fruitiness. Drink from 2018,” says the WE. And with the best cuts of red meat you can lay your hands on, recommends our Tasting Panel.

This Reserva red represents a cepage of four of Portugal’s most important red varieties: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincaderira and Cabernet Sauvignon. A mouthful, but that’s nothing compared to the complexity and sheer strength of the wine!

All grapes were hand picked and fermented individually before coming together to rest in barrel for 12 months. (70% American oak and 30% French). Ad additional year of bottle maturation before release was exactly what the doctor ordered to soften and develop this robust, brambly red.

Esporão uses no synthetic materials in its vineyards and employs such tricks of the trade as bat boxes and hedgerows between the vines to protect the fruit and control pests—naturally. Yet another reasons to drink down this rustic, deeply satisfying red during this winter and over the next five to ten.

Reasons why we love it:

The Reserve Red is Esporão’s first wine—made back in 1985 in much the same way as it is today—from estate-grown grapes in Alentejo’s prime vineyard land.

Esporao sources fruit from vines growing in Alentejo’s unique terroir—featuring clay loam soils atop granite and schist rock. Vines are an average of 15 years of age.

The 2011 vintage in this part of Portugal was marked by springtime rain, which severely yields. Fortunately, the few grape clusters that made it through the storms produced incredibly concentrated fruit.

Deep dark red color. Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with discrete oak complexity. Compact, elegant, dense and creamy. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation. Consume between 2014 and 2020.

Blend: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Trincadeira.

Of all the sub-regions in the Alentejo, Herdade Do Esporao chose Reguengos de Monsaraz because it was the one that guaranteed full-bodied but elegant wines that are rounded and seductive, due to the combination of poor, stony soles and a tough summer climate that brings hot days and cool nights, followed by a harsh winter. It is here, in the heart of Reguengos de Monsaraz, that Alentejo wines are most balanced, whilst powerful, appealing, lively and with good ageing potential. If the vineyards represent the lungs of Herdade do Esporão, then the winery is the heart that beats to the pace of the grape harvest and the sequence of tasks defined by the year’s schedule and the winemaking team.

Grilled meats would fare well typically with a dark tannic red wine like this. 

Wine Ratings

93 Points, Editor's Choice- Wine Enthusiast 

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"With 12 months wood aging, this powerful wine has managed to keep a great sense of balance. Solid tannins are tempered by a more dusty texture, smooth black plum fruits, rich, concentrated acidity and juicy final fruitiness. Drink from 2018."- Wine Enthusiast 

The 2011 Reserva from Esporao is a big and muscular wine with dark berries, smooth tannin and a dry finish.  Blackberry, blueberry and black cherry blend on the layered palate with hints of cedar, smoke and garrigue.  The boisterous fruit is supported by a brisk acidity and mouth coating tannin, making for a very well balanced wine.  Enjoy now through 2021. - DZ Jan 2017

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