2017 Touriga Nacional
We have loved Touriga Nacional for years as an integral part of the blend for our Closing Bell but the possibilities of making a single varietal wine were just too tempting. Touriga Nacional has the opulent dark fruit, ﬁrm tannins, and aging potential of Cabernet Sauvignon, but is 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 2017 vintage has deep purple color loaded with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, ripe plum and currant, with a touch of white pepper and vanilla. This medium-bodied wine has soft and structured tannins that extended into a lingering, black fruit ﬁnish. With only 116 cases available, this notoriously low-yielding variety produces beautiful, ageworthy wines with intense ﬂavors. We hope you agree that sweet or dry, Touriga Nacional is a wine worth your exploration as well!