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2005 Herdade do Esporao Portugal Red "Private Selection"

Esporao 2005 Private Selection

Winery: Herdade do Esporao

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Private Selection"

Wine Category: Portugal Red

Grape blend: 50% Alicante Boushchet & 50% Aragones

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Alentejo

State or country: Portugal

Price: $50

Cases produced: 3,500

KWG Score: 92 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: September 9, 2010

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark purple colored wine from Portugal was our favorite from a collection of high end wines we tried over Labor Day weekend. It opens with a very fragrant ripe blueberry bouquet with a hint of black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied and it shows a little elevated acidity. Overall it displays a very savory mouthfeel. The flavor profile is a delicious black raspberry and blueberry blend with notes of mild oak and spice. The finish is quite dry and its moderate tannins linger for quite a while. This wine would pair perfectly with Matt’s Hawaiian barbecue baby back ribs. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Colour: Intense garnet colour, almost opaque. Aroma: Great finesse and complexity, suggestions of mature fruit, subtle notes of tobacco and toast. Palate: Dense and solid, balsamic notes. Robust tannins providing structure and backbone for extended bottle ageing. Dishes: Best with game dishes and the creamy texture of soft cheeses.

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