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2016 Touriga Nacional
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2016 Touriga Nacional
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Touriga Nacional
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
96% Hames Valley, 4% San Lucas
Harvest Date
October 20, 2016
pH
3.57
Aging
100% Hungarian oak, 20 months
Bottling Date
June 27, 2018
Alcohol %
13.30
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This single varietal bottling is an exciting exploration for Scheid. We have loved Touriga Nacional for years as an integral part of our Closing Bell but were intrigued by the possibilities of making a dry wine that would stand on its own. Touriga Nacional has the opulent dark fruit, firm tannins, and aging potential of Cabernet Sauvignon, but is just that much more fun to pronounce (Tor-ee-gah Nah-see-un-nall)! e indigenous Portuguese variety is also renowned as one of that country’s finest grapes. A traditional component of the famed Douro Valley Port wines, it has been increasingly recognized as a superb dry table wine as well. e 2016 vintage has deep purple color loaded with rich black fruit and a touch of white pepper and vanilla, structured tannins and an extended finish. With only 135 cases available, this notoriously low-yielding variety produces beautiful, age-worthy wines with intense flavors and we hope you agree that sweet or dry, Touriga Nacional is a wine worth your exploration as well!

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Touriga Nacional
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
96% Hames Valley, 4% San Lucas
Harvest Date
October 20, 2016
pH
3.57
Aging
100% Hungarian oak, 20 months
Bottling Date
June 27, 2018
Alcohol %
13.30
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Wine Profile
Vineyards
This single varietal bottling is an exciting exploration for Scheid. We have loved Touriga Nacional for years as an integral part of our Closing Bell but were intrigued by the possibilities of making a dry wine that would stand on its own. Touriga Nacional has the opulent dark fruit,firm tannins, and aging potential of Cabernet Sauvignon, but is just that much more fun to pronounce (Tor-ee-gah Nah-see-un-nall)! The indigenous Portuguese variety is also renowned as one of that country’s finest grapes. A traditional component of the famed Douro Valley Port wines, it has been increasingly recognized as a superb dry table wine as well. The 2016 vintage has deep purple color loaded with rich black fruit and a touch of white pepper and vanilla, structured tannins and an extended finish. With only 135 cases available, this notoriously low-yielding variety produces beautiful, age-worthy wines with intense flavors and we hope you agree that sweet or dry, Touriga Nacional is a wine worth your exploration as well!
Vineyard
The majority of the grapes for our Touriga Nacional are grown on a small block on our estate Hames Valley Vineyard. Located in southern Monterey County, about 20 miles south of King City, Hames presents ideal conditions and rich soil for growing intense, jammy wines. The climate is characterized by a high day-to-night temperature differential, with a variation of up to 50° quite common. While daytime highs are similar to that of Portugal’s DouroValley, as the sun goes down on Hames Valley the temperatures drop significantly. The long, warm days allow the intense fruit flavors to develop, while the dramatic nighttime cooling preserves the balance of the fruit and maintains acidity.
Varietal Composition
96% Touriga Nacional, 4% Tempranillo
Winemaking
The grapes were handpicked into half-ton bins, destemmed and crushed warm into small fermentation bins. During fermentation, the cap was gently punched down three times per day and the juice was held on the skins for two weeks before pressing. At dryness the must was pressed to stainless steel tanks. After settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to small oak barrels for secondary fermentation and aged for 20 months before bottling unfiltered to preserve the structure and tannins.
Cases Produced
135