Cork Notes: Herdade Do Esporao Reserva Blanco Alentejo 2009

This Portuguese wine has notes of tropical fruit, citrus and lightly toasted oak.


 

Portuguese viticulture dates back centuries, and it is interesting to note that they created an appellation system hundreds of years before the French. So, why does it seem like their wines are just now showing up on shelves — and even less frequently on wine lists? Part of the reason may be the use of indigenous varietals like those that go into the Herdade Do Esporao Reserva Branco Alentejo 2009; it features Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro grapes.

Never heard of them? Me neither, but I’m sure willing to learn. This wine exhibited notes of tropical fruit, citrus and lightly toasted oak. It’s full-bodied with a long finish and perfectly balanced acidity that begged for a comparison to fine whites from Burgundy — and at half the price ($19.99).

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