Touriga Nacional – Not your average Grape!

Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is a full-bodied red wine from Portugal with aging potential like Cabernet Sauvignon. This unsung grape variety is most common as a blending grape in Port wine and has only recently been championed as a dry red wine. For those who love bold red wines, Touriga Nacional offers profound depth of flavor at an obscenely good value.

Bold and lush, Touriga Nacional is for people who go for full-bodied red wines from warm climates. For example, dry wines made with Touriga Nacional have been likened to the infamous Napa Cabernet and opulent Barossa Shiraz. The one trait that Touriga Nacional really sizes up is its bold tannin, a trait that softens with aging.

When you taste this wine, expect palate-coating and tooth-staining richness of blueberry, plum, blackberry, bittersweet cocoa and often a subtle stimulating flavor of mint and violet. The texture of the wine is balanced (when it’s well-made) and when you brush your tongue to the roof of your mouth, you’ll notice fine gravelly tannins. When made into a dry wine, Touriga Nacional is resilient to oak aging and takes it very well, offering up aromas of toasted marshmallow, vanilla and nutmeg. It’s not uncommon to find Touriga Nacional blended with other grapes (like Touriga Franca and Tempranillo) which can help balance the boldness of the wine with cinnamon spice and red-fruit flavors.

2015 Next Of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) “Numero Un” Central Coast Touriga Nacional

The 2015 Touriga Nacional, which is now part of the Next of Kyn range, is a captivating, voluptuous beauty. Floral overtones add lift and brightness to a wine that speaks with energy, power and intensity in every dimension. Tasted after all the Sine Qua Non wines, the Touriga Nacional more than holds its own. It is yet another dramatic, large-scaled wine from Elaine and Manfred Krankl. The 2017 will spend about 34 months total in French oak, about 62% new. Dollops of Mourvedre, Syrah and Viognier round out the blend. (AG)  (10/2018)96 points Jeb Dunnuck. 95-97 points Vinous

The first Touriga Nacional from California I’ve ever tasted, the 2015 Touriga Nacional comes all from the Cumulus vineyard in Oak View and is 80% Touriga Nacional, 8% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, and the rest Viognier that was mostly destemmed, and spent 34 months in 62% new French oak. This beauty gives up a voluptuous, sexy yet also incredibly elegant profile to go with notes of blueberries, violets, white chocolate, and cherry pie. Full-bodied, deep, and layered, it has fine tannins as well as remarkable purity and freshness. In short, it’s an incredible expression of the variety that I suspect will keep for 10-15 years. 95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Touriga Nacional Cumulus Vineyard Número Um is Manfred Krankl’s inaugural Touriga Nacional from his Cumulus Vineyard in Oak View. Unfurling in the glass with notes of clove, dark cherry, cherry pit, sweet spices and blackberries, it’s a full-bodied, layered wine with a velvety attack, considerable concentration and a deep, even massive mid-palate, concluding with a youthfully chewy finish. This wine will be released in Spring 2019 as part of the Next of Kyn offering, in a box that includes one bottle of this Touriga Nacional as well as two bottles and one magnum of Next of Kyn #9: 1,194 such boxes were produced. 95+ (WK)  (8/2018)

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