Touriga Nacional

 

Name of varietal: Touriga Nacional
 
Common synonyms: Turiga, Tinta de Dao, Touriga Fina, Bical Tinto, Mortagua, Touriga Antiga
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to the Dao region of Portugal
 
History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grapes in Port. There is historical evidence of it dating back to the Middle Ages, when England first made its longstanding business partnership with Portugal. In the 13th century, England’s relationship with France became shaky and as access to French wines got more remote, the English realized their new Portuguese friends would be an excellent source for wine. In 1703, the two countries signed the Treaty of Methuen, which gave Portugal discounts on English textiles and England discounts on Portuguese wine. This is the reason why so many Port Quintas (estates) still have English names. 
 
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  • São Domingos Vinho Regional Beiras Experiência Vl2 Tinto 2003

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    Touriga Nacional and Baga This wine was the last from this producer I tried and wow, was I surprised, while all the other were interesting, this was awesome. The nose was powerful and immediately grabbed me with a strong spiced blueberry pie aroma. In the mouth it was rich with mature tannins and a medium acidity. Flavors of blueberry, spice and... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Lavradores de Feitoria Red Blend Douro Três Bagos 2001

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    Deep red in color with a muted clarity. Schistist soil strong and upfront while in the background with deep red fruit, strong earthiness(barnyard), light anise, light milk chocolate, and it seems to be changing as I write. I’ll make sure to come back to this later on. Medium to big body with a strong acidity that prickles the mouth and hides the... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • W & J Graham's Lbv Late Bottled Vintage Port Quarter Bottles 1998

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    Deep reddich purple all the way to the rim. This spent 6 years in Oak. Elementary school paste with light anise and pencil lead on the nose with a rich berry quality lurking beind it all. Rich in the mouth with a strong alcohol presence on the finish. Sweet fruit and lots of spice, black pepper, anise, clove, and a nice black berry quality to su... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Taylor's Vintage Port 1963

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    This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, tho... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker


  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1977

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    Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. If Fonseca lacks the sheer weight and power of a Taylor, Dow or Warre, or the opulent sweetness and intensity of a Graham, it excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lu... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker


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