Tinta Cao

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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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Portugal

      Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some o...

  • Dry Creek Valley

    The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Na...

  • Porto

    Porto (or Oporto, or Port) is Portugal’s second largest city, located at the mouth of the Douro...

  • Sierra Foothills

    The Sierra Foothills is a vast region of California, one of the largest in the country. The cli...

  • Dão

    Dao The Dao gets its name from the river in north central Portugal. The countryside bears ...

  • Vin de Pays de la Haute Saône

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  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

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  • 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

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    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

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    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


  • W&j Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto NV

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    Nice, full body, great with dark chocolate and berries. One of my faves! Read More

    Wine review by GinaR1173


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage 2007

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    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

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    Wine review by adsmith482


  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Meandro 2010

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    Wine review by adsmith482


  • Mauritson Independence 2008

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    Excellent port!! Love it with dark chocolate Read More

    Wine review by dponton


  • W&j Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto NV

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    Hints of cherry and spice. Mouth filling with soft tannins. Good with strong cheese and dark chocolate. Great after dinner drink. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


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