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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  • Dourosa Douro 2012

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    Binny's 4/2015. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Quinta Do Portal Reserva Douro Portugal 2008

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    Opens with lavender and an interesting cream cheese scent, then on to coffee and milk chocolate, and cranberry and earth. Dry, but with a full mouthfeel, soft tannins with a very long finish of leather, cedar, tobacco, oak, and plum. Quite a nice little number that becomes more and more complex as time passes. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote


  • 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


  • The '12 version of the A-R Touriga Nacional Rosé was loaded with lip smacking acidity. One of my all time favorite pinkies. Read More

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  • C-D-B was once considered a pretty good producer.  Funny thing is, right ... ... 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, which was my wife's wine of th... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... ... Touriga Francesca, and Touriga Nacional are Port grapes so if you've had Port, chances are you've had those. I'm really interested in tasting some from CA though because I think those would make perfect sense in the southern part of the State, or even inlan... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... (Napa) *Touriga Nacional *RoyaltyMeunier *NebbioloDolcettoMontepulcianoCharbonoTeroldegoCinsaut *SouzaoCenturianSalvadorPinotageAglianicoCarmenereCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca  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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  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011

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    I liked it. Great price point. 92 rating-WS. A little lighter in body than I am used to drinking, but nonetheless respectable. Would buy again. Well balanced. Somewhat dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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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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