Once again there's lots of value to be found in a sub-$10 Portuguese red blend, the Esporao Monte Velho Red.
A blend of 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 35% Trincadeira, 20% Touriga Nacional and 5% Syrah from Alentejo, Portugal. The wine spends 3 months in stainless steel and has just 2.1 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Esporao Monte Velho Red has an SRP of $10 ($18 for the 1.5L) but is available for as low as $7. It is imported by NOW Wine Imports.
Launched for the first time in 1992, its name comes from the monte located next to the Caridade reservoir, at Herdade do Esporão. At the time, the wine boasted the same origin and philosophy as Esporão Reserva but was created to reach more people and make daily wine consumption an experience.
Produced according to the region’s winegrowing tradition, the variety of grapes and vinification techniques demonstrate the character of the region from whence it comes: rich aromas, a smooth palate and an excellent gastronomic bent.
Ever faithful to its roots, Monte Velho is the Alentejo in a glass, coming to represent a benchmark of the region in Portugal and the world over the years.
The 2019 Esporao Monte Velho Red begins with a pleasing aroma of plum, blackberry and black pepper on the nose.
Tasting reveals this to be a soft, smooth and solid sipper. It could use a bit more depth but this is good for as low as $7. It features dark berry fruit, a bit on the juicy side, plus nice light touches of spice.
It ends dry with a medium long finish.
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2019 Esporao Monte Velho Red
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