Wine aging in barrels at Esporão's Alentejo winery.
One producer that particularly comes to mind is Esporão, which is also Portugal’s largest privately owned winery.
Recently with friends, I enjoyed the 2009 Esporão Reserva White, which comes from the southern wine region of Alentejo. It was delicious, inviting on the nose and layered with a medley of tropical fruit flavors, spice, and hints of vanilla. It had a rich creamy texture, which was wonderfully balanced by the bright acidity.
The 2009 Esporão Reserva White retails for about $20 and the 2007 Esporão Reserva Red for about $24.
As well as the Reserva line, Esporão makes a host of everyday value wines, reds, whites and rosés that from what I can see sell for about $9 to $12 and are widely available in the US.
Another interesting side to this post is that Faith, our managing editor actually visited the winery last summer, loved the wines and had a wonderful experience – a fact that I had totally forgotten until I mentioned I was going to post about Esporão. More postings on Portuguese wines is on the horizon, now that my appetite has been whetted.
So how many of our readers out there have already discovered these wines. Would love to hear your views.
Until next week.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, DWS, is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. She holds the Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), and is a candidate in the Master of Wine Program.
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(Images: Mary Gorman and Faith Durand)