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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  • Quinta de la Rosa Red Blend Douro 2009


    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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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • This is still drinking well for a 2012.  A bit of spritz upon first sip, ... 80% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Ca Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... ... Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao, Tinta Amarella from the Dewitt vineyard Funky reduced nose Bright acids on entry, this is reduced on the palate as well. There appears to be a nice core of fruit hidden, and as this opens on the palate, lots of red berry fru... Read More

    From the article The "New" California

  • Forlorn Hope "Mil Amores" 2012


    Mil adores is desteemed, because the grapes are crazy amount of tannin in the ... ... 30% Tinta Roriz, 15% Tinta Cao Intensely perfumed on the nose with pungent aromas of blue flowers, tobacco like crazy, a hint of passion fruit, spicy plummy fruit, honeysuckle, and orange peel all bursting from the glass. In the mouth this is bright, linear,... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

  • Niepoort Twisted Douro Tinto 2011


    Excellent red blend from Portugal. Very well balanced with dark red and black fruit, medium fine tannins, medium acidity and a nice finish. This is somewhat inky in color but fairly smooth on the tongue with blackberry, green plum and a touch of mint on the back end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage 2007


    Dark, rich, spice and tar but not as long a finish as I was expecting. Nice but lacks power of the best LBVs. My rating 89. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by adsmith482

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