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Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2005

Touriga Nacional from Portugal
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Winemaker Notes

The grapes come from Estate Vineyards planted in 1994 -- this 2005 is the first vintage where the winemaker felt the grapes were ready to be bottled separately as a varietal wine. The grapes were vinified in the new Quinta do Vallado red winery in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, each holding a maximum of four tons of grapes, with manual remontage. After malolactic fermentation took place the resulting wine was aged 20 onths in French Allier Oak barriques (60% in one year old barrels, 40% in new barrels).

With a dark crimson color, this Touriga Nacional boasts great concentration and aromas of red fruit and violets, with balsamic oak notes. The taste is sweet, round and mature, with silky tannins. Red fruit and oak notes following through from the nose and into the fresh, long lasting finish.

"Touriga on its own can seem more like a color than a flavor. This wine leaves a swarth of violet in its wake, both a floral perfume and a brush stroke in purple. The flavors are primary and undeveloped, waiting to form into some akin to wild raspberry and fraises des bois before they constrict at the end. For now, the pleasure is all in the velvet texture. Super touriga, this has a long life ahead." "Very Highly Recommended", - Wine & Spirits 04/08

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Quinta do Vallado

Quinta do Vallado

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Quinta do Vallado, Portugal
2005 Touriga Nacional Douro
In the heart of Portugal’s most famous wine region – the Douro Valley – near the historical center of Regua, the Quinta do Vallado vineyards, winery and guest house spread across both banks of the Corgo River at the very point where it meets the Douro. With winemaking references that date back to 1716, the Quinta belonged to the legendary Portuguese vintner D. Antonia Adelaide Ferreira, and has remained in the family through modern times.

The current owners, Joao Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal, are the sixth generation of this remarkable family, and the family’s mission to produce some of the best still wines of this fertile valley continues with the red blends and varietals that are exported worldwide. Of the 38-hectare Estate, 26 hectares are filled with vines 60 years and older. It is from these vines that Quinta do Vallado’s Red Reserve and Touriga Nacional wines are made, so it is no wonder that the wines are often found to be rated and reviewed among the best wines from the Douro.


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Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

Touriga Nacional

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Bold, lush, and full of intense dark fruit, Touriga Nacional has gained great popularity for its dry wines but actually is the noblest variety in the blend that composes Port wine. 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 purple-dominated 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 52 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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