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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  • I'm with GregT that any sweet wine needs to have some zip.  Botrytis ... Cao, 25% Tinta Madeira, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Sousão in the 2012 vintage).  I toy with the idea of finding a "real" port with the same great acidity, but then I realize I can get plenty of Rockpile and I'm taking no chances.  I have had a little Port that I like, but ... Read More

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  • 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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  • Ciconia Touriga Nacional 2012


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  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Andreza Reserva Vinho Tinto DOC Douro 2010


    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... in port production ] 40% touriga nacional [ a low-yielding small grape which is also used in port production ] and 20% tinta roriz [known as tempranillo elsewhere ] It is aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausages and mash and I did enjoy it.It is a dee... Read More

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  • EMark, Ah Topolos, the best outdoor dining experience in all of Sonoma County. ... ... Gris, Ribolla Gialla, Touriga Nacional, Picpoul Blanc etc don't carry the hefty fruit cost. Economics. So I see a bunch of it and there is a lot poured at local events. Need to climb out of my shell and get back into the adventurous side of my wine drinkin Read More

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  • Another leftover auction bottle. 'Cabeca de Burro' (too much and you ... American consumers:  Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and seemingly unnamed others. Reticent at first, opened after an hour. Still going strong second day. Have had similar drinking experiences heading south from Bordeaux. Rounded tannins, eno... Read More

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  • Vista de Régua Caráter 2013


    Fun and youthful purple color in the glass with an lightly herbal and fresh red cherry, red berry fruit aroma. Pronounced flavors of ripe cranberry, raspberry and cherry in the mouth with a touch of floral character as well, some licorice and tart acidity to keep the palate light and fresh. Read More

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  • If you talk to the right people, you’ll learn very quickly that Portugal ... The most popular grapes are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinto Roriz which vinify into bold, full-bodied reds with lots of dark cherry flavors. The Doural Tinto is a fantastic, easy-drinking example of Douro wine. This blend of indigenous grapes is labelled s... Read More

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  • As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant ... ... ... varieties, Tannat, Touriga Nacional, Vermentino, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are all excellent bets. And, it’s worth going out of your way to find the hybrid Blanc du Bois, which is made in styles varying as widely as crisp and fresh to oxidative and orange... Read More

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  • Touriga Nacional is the Native Queen of portuguese red grapes. Alone or married with other autoctones varieties, can give deep and mouthfull wines while young, and velvetyness passing the years. Try a Douro Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2004, 96 rated by RP. Enjoy.

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