2018 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 2018 vintage has deep purple color and is loaded with aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cherry, followed by hints of hazel nut and toasty oak. This medium-bodied wine has soft and structured tannins that extend into a lingering finish with bright red fruit notes and sweet oak. With only 158 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!