2,700 cases produced. Imported by Aidil Wines & Liquors Imports.
From the bottle:
“Assobio is the name of the hillside at our Murcas property where the highest vineyards are found. Murcas is located at the heart of the the oldest D.O.C. wine region in the world (est. 1756), on the right margin of the Douro river, near the village of Covelinhas. Here, the first vertically planted vineyards in the region were established in 1955. This wine was produced mainly with the local Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca grape varieties, grown in the region’s typical schistous soils, and was partially aged in oak barrels before its bottling.
Murcas domain was established in 1714 and is part of Esporao project since 2008. Our wines follow the centuries old winemaking tradition, its diversity of grape varieties and vinification techniques, combined with a creative and contemporary approach. To obtain better wines, we farm under the principles of integrated production. Each year we invite a photographer to portray the property. For this wine we invited Pedro Magalhaes. The photo was taken in autumn.
We’re big fans of wines from Esporao here at The Reverse Wine Snob. Wines like the the Monte Velho White 2011 (A Summertime Slam Dunk), the Esporao 4 Quatro Castas 2011 (One-of-a-Kind) and the Esporao Assobio Douro 2010 (Beautifully Done). So when our friends at CorkExclusive asked us to consider the new vintage of the Assobio for a sponsored review, we were more than happy to oblige!
The 2011 Esporao Quinta Dos Murcas Assobio Douro begins with very pleasant aromas of black cherry, blueberry, raspberry, a little leather and a little spice. Tasting the medium-bodied wine reveals rich and juicy dark fruit along with very well integrated spice. This is quite simply an extremely tasty wine with very good balance and complexity. It ends dry and long with firm tannins and lots of long lasting spice plus more tart and juicy dark fruit. A perfect example of why Portugal is a fabulous region for Reverse Wine Snobs!