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DEPOT DEAL: 94 points, $9.99 (yes, really)

Last updated 4 years ago

Portuguese (dry) reds have been a terrific source of value for several years now.  With fortified Port wine finding less of an audience worldwide, the growers in the Douro region have increasingly turned to dry table wines, and often with very good results.  I guess the blends of unfamiliar grapes and lack of much history with these styles has kept the wines off the radar for a lot of drinkers.  That keeps prices down and every once in a while one can find a really nice wine for surprisingly little money.  Looking at what Wine Enthusiast had to say, that seems to be the case in spades with this one.  Tasting the wine myself, I would agree that it is.  

Here's the review:

"Assobio is from a single vineyard in the Quinta dos Murças estate. A powerful, structured expression of Douro wine, it has black fruits, dark tannins, some subtle layers of wood aging and great concentration. Dark and richly fruity, it needs to mature before drinking. Wait until 2017." 
94 points, Best Buy 

Wine Enthusiast

For those of you who don't want to wait, I'm going to disagree with that critic and say there's plenty of pleasure to be had right now.  I have a glass in front of me, and it's wide open aromatically.  The flavors are a bit tight and will (almost) certainly improve with a bit of time in the cellar, but more than anything, you simply have to understand that this has the density and tannic structure of a more expensive wine.  With a little food, and possibly a couple of hours in a decanter, I think you'll be happy about that.  I will be tonight when my wife and I finish the bottle.


Heres the deal:

2011 Esporao Assobio Douro, Portugal
94 WE, Best Buy

Regular Price: $13.99

D&L Sale Price: $9.99
(one week only) 
The wine is in stock at both Waltham locations.  We'll have some in Woburn and Natick by the end of the week. Please email to reserve yours, or stop by and pick some up while supplies last.   Thanks for reading!
-Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE 


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