Today’s Quick Sip is Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio red blend from Portugal's Douro Valley -- home of world-famous port wines. Besides delicious fortified wines, the Douro is known for producing appealing dry red table wines that combine modern techniques with traditional grape varieties. The 'Assobio' is from the winery estate of Quinta dos Murças, a historic property that dates back to the early 18th century. This wine is supple and pleasing, delivering satisfaction and good value (especially at the $12.99 Cork Exclusive price). At this price point, grab a few bottles and enjoy! For further information and where you can find this Portuguese blend, please see my tasting notes below.
|Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio|
Review: Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio (SRP $17): A bright, yet deep purple color, this blend of 40% Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), 40% Touriga Franca, and 20% Touriga Nacional – all traditional port grapes -- exhibits an appealing nose of black cherries, plum and licorice alongside hints of spicy cedar and a touch of worn leather. This wine is medium-bodied and streamlined, with firm acidity and fresh red and dark berry fruit flavors on the palate. The medium-length finish has a suggestion of dryness, heightened by a nice dash of lingering spice. Overall, an easy-drinking, budget-friendly wine that is good for everyday drinking and weeknight dinners. Region: Douro Valley, Portugal. (Other info: ABV 14%, cork enclosure). 89 Points.
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