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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  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2011

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    Typically beautiful coloration of blackberry/black cherry, opaque black/brown goodness with amazing legs! The aromas are still a little young with booze showing immediately, but sugarplum, prune, fig, deep dark berries etc....flavors are nice with sugary plum, quite a bit of alcohol, boysenberry/chokecherry and cherry as well as cranberry/green... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Quinta Do Noval Black Quinta Do Noval Black NV

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    A replacement for LBV to provide an alternative ready to drink now wine. It's got solid fruit, plenty of fruit, balanced alc and tannins. Great with chocolate desserts. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta Do Noval Black Quinta Do Noval Black NV

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... ... grape that reminds me of Touriga Nacional.  Classically, it was the workhorse grape behind the Yugoslovian bulk wine, which wineries were forced to produce.  Today Teran is making a resurgence as an elegant, powerful red wine. With rich black fruit, spice, a... Read More

    From the article These New Wave Wine Grapes Are Really Catching On


  • Troviscal Tinto 2013

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  • Giesta Dão 2013

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  • Churchill's Estates Douro Red 2011

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    Excellent wine. Floral in spades with rich blackberry, Damson plum, spice and herbal tones with smooth sweetish black cherry tannins flowing on good finishing acidity that flows into a lingering finish. Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Giesta Dão 2013

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  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

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    This bottle of port was a gift.Port wine is from the Douro valley in northern ... barraca,touriga francasa and touriga nacional although I do not know in what proportions. These varieties are all traditional Portugese grapes used in port production.I started my bottle last night and I must report that I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a plum a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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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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