Cards of Wine

Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

Touriga Nacional is a Portuguese red wine grape.

Typical Flavors


Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Plum
Plum

Herbs
Herbs
Spices
Spices
Pepper
Pepper
Mint
Mint

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Chocolate
Chocolate
Leather
Leather

Dark Berries, Black Fruit, and Plum are typical Touriga Nacional flavors.

Herbs. Spices. Mint. Warm aftertaste. Chocolate. Mocha.

Profile

Touriga Nacional wines are full-bodied with deep fruit flavors, soft tannins, and good acidity:

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium Plus
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
16-17°C (61-63°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Stew
Stew
Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger

Chicken
Chicken
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork

Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Deer
Venison

Touriga Nacional pairs best with Gilled, Braised, or Roasted Meat.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Beef Stew. Mushrooms.
Barbeque. Hamburger. Meatloaf.
Grilled Beef. Grilled Lamb. Grilled Chicken.
Caça (Game). Veado (Venison).
Javali (Wild Boar). Coelho (Rabbit).

Cheese:
Strong Cheese. Smoked Cheese.

Portuguese Specialities:
Cabrito Assado (Roasted Goat).
Bacalao com Natas (Bacalao with Potatoes).

If You Like Touriga Nacional

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is considered to be Portugal's finest red wine grape.

The small, dark grape plays an important part in the production of Port Wine, but is also used for red wine production in Douro and Dão.

Touriga Nacional gives body to wine, high tannins, and strong flavors of black fruit.