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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  • While there are some tastings I do not look forward to each year, there are ... a large extent that means Touriga Nacional, which is very likely the grandest variety grown in portugal, but it also means that wines made with less familiar grapes are being rediscovered and prized for the unique profiles of the wines they produce.  Consider: Cast... Read More

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  • Azul Portugal Douro 2008

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    Imported by: Iberia Wines & Spirits CtTouriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca Pretty floral aromas on the nose compete with some raw wood notes for ones attention. A touch soft in the mouth, though big, round and seamless, this is a chewy wine with earthy, bitter apple skin laced, dry fruit flavors that come off as both a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ciconia the Reserva 2011

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    Imported by: Tri Vin Imports NYAragonez 60%, Touriga Nacional 30%, Trincadeira 10% Dark, caroby and heavy on the nose with syrupy aromas of dried fruit, charred wood, cinnamon, and cola. Fresher in the mouth than the nose portends, though this is a bit round and impenetrable on the palate. Theres enough acid to lend freshness to the slightly ga... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Agricultura Vinho Regional Alentejano 2011

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    Imported by: ObrigadoA blend of unspecified percentages of Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Trincadeira A bit frankly earthy on the nose with a raw, cola and spicy dried fruit character that is modestly sweet and smoky with underlying black cherry fruit. A bit soft in the mouth, lending this a sweetish tone on the palate that is supported by the swee... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dow's Douro Vale Do Bomfim 2011

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    Imported by: Premium Port Wines Inc SF50% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz Spicy and dark on the nose with hints of resin, raw meat, and lots of cracked pepper spice accenting the core of carob fruit. Soft, clean and pure in the mouth, this is not complex but has a great texture and subtle flavors that ble... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azul Portugal Palmela 2009

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    Imported by: Iberia Wines & Spirits Ct100% Castelao This is downright fruity on the nose with a gorgeous bouquet of spicy, pomegranate, wild raspberry, and lingonberry aromas that gain hints of pencil shavings and brownies with air. Smooth and easy to drink, this is low in both acid and tannins with simple and slightly chewy wild cherry and rasp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta de la Rosa douRosa Douro 2011

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    Imported by: Winesellers Ltd. IL35% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz A bit beefy on the nose with some herbs de provence notes and a nice base of dried cherry and blue plum fruit wrapped up in subtle oak shadings. Juicy, bright and a bit chewy in the mouth, just past medium bodied this remains transparent and bright on the ... Read More

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  • Niepoort Twisted Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Polaner Selections NYTouriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others A bit candied on the nose with notes of cola, violet pastille and some gamy, leathery base notes laced around bright cherry and plum fruits. Soft, rich and easy going in the mouth,this is very well balanced with hints of coffee and wood spic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Passadouro Passa 2011

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    Imported by: Winebow NY40% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Nacional A touch woody and slightly funky on the nose with a blend of chocolate, leather, and astringent red fruit aromas. Rich, smooth, low acid and polished in the mouth, this opens with some dry tannins covered in cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. the acidity is modest, ... Read More

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  • Grao Vasco Dao 2010

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    Imported by: Evaton Inc. Ct. A blend of unspecified percentages of Jaen, Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional Bright, floral and simple on the nose though with nice depth to the vinous orange rind and white floral aromas. Smooth on entry, a bit lean but with a touch of flesh sticking to the the taut acid driven and dusty tannin laced structure. the fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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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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