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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  • Alandra Rose Portugal 2015

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    Medium light and restrained cranberry and strawberry aromas with a touch of sweet spice and cherry blossom on the nose. Nicely spiced in the mouth with cinnamon sugar, good acidity and ripe cherry and watermelon flavors on the lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva Red Lisboa 2013

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    Perfect Portugal wine. Fruit forward, well balanced, perfect tannins, full mouthfeel, staying power in bottle, great price. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012

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    More red berry fruit and plum, with a slight pepper influence. Good solid framing tannins and acidity give this a good aftertaste. Better than expected - drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Magalhaes Vintage Porto 2000

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    I bought this bottle of port from the website ... port My bottle is a blend of touriga nacional,touriga franca and tinto roriz grapes although I do not know in what proportions Their 2000 vintyage port was a limited production run of 5,390 bottles and mine is number 33..I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese.It is a swe... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • EMARK -  Just bought the 2014, picking up the 2013 and have the 2015 ... ... ... Tinto Rouge. Mostly Touriga Nacional, a grape I really like, with plenty of grip to go with the food.  great pairing.1 Read More

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  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Fonseca ports at this level are approachable earlier than most. This is ready now - Plenty of fruit, a little spice, effortless tannins and good acidity - a pleasure to drink. Hold or drink - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Wine review by effell


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2007

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    Huge and plentiful legs accompany this beautifully colored, aged LBV. Colors are beginning to show tawny hues, still with a body cranberry, black cherry syrup, and black plum juice....opaque as it should be....starting to show some muddled character. Aromas of huge raisined grape, beginnings of licorice root, rounded and delicate alcohol, blac... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011

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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq


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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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