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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  • Quinta Do Crasto Douro 2013

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    A nice medium red in the glass. Blackberry, plum, dark cherry fruit hit the nose lead the way to chocolate, spice, earth and a unique citrus mixing with mild tannins and acidity. Good food wine. Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta Do Crasto Douro 2013

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    Wine review by baileyshell


  • Porca De Murca Douro 2013 2013

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    A dark ruby in the glass. Blackberry and plum fruit with a touch of oak lead to very medium bodied wine without much expression. The finish is nothing much. Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Porca De Murca Douro 2013 2013

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  • Quinta Do Castro Superior Douro 2013

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    Dark ruby in the glass with a very small separation ring. Aromas of blackberries spice, dark chocolate, anise are covered with a puff of smoke with every swirl. The body is medium to full with smoke going away and is replaced by an accent note cinnamon. Well balanced tannins and acidity leave a medium long aftertaste. Well done - hold or drink -... Read More

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  • Quinta Do Castro Superior Douro 2013

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  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013

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  • Duorum Colheita 2013

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  • Crasto Douro Tinto 2013

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  • Churchill's Estates Douro Red 2011

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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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