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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  • 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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  • Quinta Do Noval Lbv Unfiltered 2003

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  • Quinta Do Noval Lbv Unfiltered 2003

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  • Dow Lbv 2006

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    It is wonderful when these age and you get to the stage that the black and blueberry notes combine with butterscotch, a slight peppery note and a chocolate following. Lip smacking good....with French vanilla ice cream, chocolate brownies and the port drizzled over them. Drink now - Paul 90 oints Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dow Lbv 2006

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  • Casaleiro Reserva 2012

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    Didn't enjoy as much as I did a year ago. The fruit has hidden itself and the primary aromas are herbal - sage to be precise. That presence was large and, quite frankly, overbearing. Don't understand why - my previous notes don't reflect this. Paul 82 oints Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta Do Popa Douro 2012

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    This may be a tad over rated, but this really struck a cord with me. A typical Duoro blend that is elegant due to it's makeup. Really lush dark berry fruits dominate the palate, which is fine with me, a chocolate undercore with pepper, soft but present tannins and good acidity lead to a lengthy aftertaste. Think Burgundy beef, steak and hearty b... 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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