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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  • 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

    From the article Under the Radar Value Bottles: Portugal


  • 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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  • Casa Ferreirinha Esteva 2013

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    This restored my faith in Portuguese wine. A slightly dry finish. Red fruit attack but well blended. Somewhat floral. Full flavor, medium finish. Awesome price. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Coelheira Vinho Regional Tejo 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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


  • Delaforce Douro Touriga Nacional 2012

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    smooth, balanced, superb!! Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • 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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  • 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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