Touriga Nacional

Synonyms: Touriga, Bical Tinto, Mortagua, Mortagua Preto, Preto Mortagua, Touriga Fina, Tourigao, Tourigo Antigo, Tourigo do Dao, Turiga

Wine Name: Touriga Nacional, Douro Red, Douro Blends, Red Blends, Red Douro

Background: Touriga is a black grape from Portugal and very similar to Cabernet Sauvignon i its characteristics. However, it is rarely made as a varietal wine; it is heavily used in making blends. The classic Portugal blend using Touriga is Port wines.  The Port production region of the Douro Valley in Portugal though has recently turned to an increased production of dry red wines using excess port grapes such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Amarela, Aragonez (Tempranillo), Bastardo, Castelão, Cornifesto, Donzelinho Tinto, Malvasia Preta, Marufo, Rufete, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Francisca, Tinto Cão, Touriga Franca. The wines result in blends similar to Bordeaux wines that are full-bodied, dry, and having moderate tannins. Also recently, Touriga has been approved for planting in small amounts in Bordeaux for use in red Bordeaux blends because it.

It should be noted that the grape known as Touriga in California, is most often Touriga Franca, not Touriga Nacional.

Classic Brands and Sources: Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Noval, Quinta das Tecedeiras, Quinta de Roriz, Quinta do Vallado (Portugal), Yarra Yearing (Australia)

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical

Body – full

Acidity – medium +

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – full/firm

 

Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs well with red, savory meats, grilled or roasted.

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Beef, lamb, game, chicken, turkey, veal or pork grilled, roasted or braised, chili, hamburgers, meatloaf, mushrooms, cheese based pasta, risotto.

Cheese Pairings:

Mild and medium sharp Cheddar, Corvo, Edam, Glouchester, Muenster, Provolone (aged), Parmesan, Pecorino, Roncal, Smoked Gouda.

Appetizers that pair:

See Appetizers that pair with Cabernet Sauvignon