Tinta Cao

Tinta Cão, which translates to “Red Dog,” is a grape variety which is rediscovering its bark. This premium black grape in Port production had almost vanished from the vineyards of northern Portugal’s Douro Valley, despite its lengthy history there. Tinta Cão’s decline was more tied to its reluctance to bear a sizable crop, rather than any issues with its varietal character.

Now, however, Tinta Cão is making a comeback, with acknowledgment of the fact that the variety is amongst the very best of the more than 50 approved Port grapes, though it is not one of the deepest colored. Tinta Cão is also grown in the Dão region of Portugal, where it contributes to the region’s sturdy red wines. In California, it has been planted experimentally at UC Davis, and it is increasingly making its way into that state’s more traditionally made 'Port' styled wines.

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  • Dow Lbv 2006

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    It is wonderful when these age and you get to the stage that the black and blueberry notes combine with butterscotch, a slight peppery note and a chocolate following. Lip smacking good....with French vanilla ice cream, chocolate brownies and the port drizzled over them. Drink now - Paul 90 oints Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dow Lbv 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Niepoort Port Blend Porto Ruby NV

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    Another tasting from Lunch. Very impressive for the pricing - $6 per glass. Interesting too, rather dry and not quite as sweet as other Ruby's; Has a bit of alcohol burn, but overall, very satisfying with notes of Raisin, Strawberry, and Bing Cherry with a balance of Earthiness and Herbs and long finish. Perfect for everyday/every evening NV Ru... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Doda Alvaro de Castro E Dirk Van Der Niepoort 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • I'm with GregT that any sweet wine needs to have some zip.  Botrytis lends a helping hand, concentrating sugars while maintaining acidity, but it also pays to have a grape that starts with good acid, like furmint, chenin blanc, and the like.  I like grenache, although I usually like higher acids, albeit in my whites a bit more than my reds; gren... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Quinta de la Rosa Red Blend Douro 2009

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    wheres the 2011?? Snooth?How about a mobile Version? Read More

    Wine review by CalKid


  • C-D-B was once considered a pretty good producer.  Funny thing is, right ... ... a varietal bottling), Tinta Cao (Portugese red), and Touriga Nacional (ditto).  They also make a "port" using actual port varieties.  Oh, and an Albarino. Mentioned elsewhere that I had a Charbono from Kachina.  And we had the Oscura Schioppettino at Holdredge, w... Read More

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  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX ... not a lot.  Touriga, Tinta Cao?  Cool. Very reasonable prices, even before the K&L discount.Tonight we'll do something boring with our weekly roast chicken like PN.  Maybe this one, which was a gift from EMar Read More

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  • I think I tried Tinta Cao years ago. If I am thinking of the right thing, I remember is being delicious. I would love to find some and give it another try. www.tintcenter.com.au

    Comment by 1480423Annie Green 1480423 Annie Green


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