SRP of $13 and available for as low as $10. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Assobio is the name of a hillside at Murcas Estate, where its highest vineyards are found. Each year we invite a photographer to portray the estate and its people. For the second Assobio harvest, we invited Jose Manuel Rodrigues. The photo was taken in October 2011.
Still wine from the Douro using traditional Port grapes is another great find for Reverse Wine Snobs. Often even under $10, these wines drink far beyond their cost. Today’s wine comes from the Quinta Dos Murcas estate which dates back to the early 18th century and was recently acquired by Esporao, a leader in Portugese wine (and olive oil).
The 2010 Esporao Quinta Dos Murcas Assobio Douro begins with pleasant aromas of blackberry, black cherry, a little spice and even a little raisin. Tasting the medium-bodied wine reveals great flavor, lovely spice and lots of delicious fruit (red currant and black cherry primarily). You’ll also find nice acidity and a great smooth, dry texture. Only 20% of the wine was aged in oak (and for just 6 months). It ends with dry, tangy fruit flavors and lingering raisin/prune notes.
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Overall Rating: 8.0
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