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Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional 2011

Touriga Nacional from Portugal
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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep purple color. In the nose, the cassis, cherry and chocolate notes are evident and well integrated with wood notes. In the mouth this is a full bodied, balanced and elegant wine, with obvious notes of blackberries, figs and spices, complemented with firm and round tannins. The end is long and presents a creamy sensation.

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Big tannins and a dry core dominate this solid, dense wine. To balance the structure, the wine also has concentrated aromatic dark plum and berry fruits that are ripe and sustained by intense acidity. This wine, from a fine vintage, should still age, so wait until 2017. Best Buy.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Touriga Nacional Follies is the latest effort in this brand, one of my favorite values. It was aged for one year in French oak (one-third each of new, second use and third-use barrels). The Follies brand ages well (the 2003 I saw at the same time was still drinking well, if fully mature and the 2005 was even better), and the price is dirt cheap. They have structure and nice fruit for little money. This is a fine effort, one of the best yet. Showing off gorgeous, young fruit, it is fresh and elegant with a real backbone and a relatively crisp finish after the fragrant start. You could spend way more and do a lot worse. It often seems like a lot of wine for the price - because it is. Drink now-2023.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
So you would like to know a little bit about what a dry Touriga Nacional? You have this grape in Porto, but have yet to dive into the table wine versions. The 2011 Aveleda Follies is ready to take you on a joy ride in this unheralded wine category. Just make sure to invite a savory beef or lamb stew to the party. Deep ruby, almost black in color; complex, bold and ripe with fine development in the nose; medium bodied, fully rewarding on the palate, showing wood and demonstrative fruit in the flavors; medium finish, lively saturation in the aftertaste. (Tasted: December 7, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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Aveleda, Portugal
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Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes (1837-1899), known for his strong enterprising spirit and believed to be the founder of the business as we know it today. His work bore fruit and the quality of the Aveleda wines started to be recognised, as the gold medals won in the international competitions in Berlin (1888) and Paris (1889) attest.

Today the Guedes family still owns 100% of the company, always committed to maintaining this family legacy which spans several generations. The son of Manuel Pedro Guedes, Fernando Guedes da Silva da Fonseca (1871-1946) continued his father’s work, significantly increasing the production capacity at the Estate. He had 7 children and it was Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes (1899-1966) who led the family business, dedicating his whole life to working at Aveleda. The 4th generation includes the six children of Roberto Van-Zeller Guedes: Fernando, Luís, António, Maria Isabel, Maria Helena and Roberto – who today manage the company’s future, together with the following generation: 14 cousins who make up the 5th generation.

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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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Touriga Nacional

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Bold, lush, and full of intense dark fruit, Touriga Nacional has gained great popularity for its dry wines and is the noblest variety in the blend that composes Port. The grape most likely orginated from the Dão region and also grows throughout the Douro Valley, both great Portuguese wine producing regions.

In the Glass

Touriga Nacional produces a deeply hued red wine with concentrated flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry and cocoa powder. Aromas vary from sweet violets, mint, and often vanilla and baking spice (depending on its oak aging). In texture it has fine tannins and if you’re a Cabernet drinker, this would make an excellent new wine to try.

Perfect Pairings

Barbecue, Beef Tenderloin, Shepherd’s Pie, grilled sausages and any blue cheese will work well with a Touriga Nacional.

Sommelier Secret

For Port wine, there are more than 80 approved grape varieties that can go into the blend. Each grape has something unique to contribute to make an overall harmonious end product. Likewise in its dry wine form, you will often find Touriga Nacional blended with some of the other best Portugese grapes like Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (synonym for Tempranillo), Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão.

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