“I am so excited about the wines coming out of Portugal – it really is the place to head if you’re looking for incredible value and even more incredible flavors.”
Our Portugal expert, Jehan Sacaze
Just wait until you taste Jehan’s latest discovery – a “commanding” taste of Portugal’s flagship red, Touriga Nacional. It’s from fourth-generation Leonor Freitas (who was named ‘Comendadora,’ the equivalent of knighthood) by the Portuguese government for her services to the wine industry. As you can imagine with that title, she knows her stuff.
The wine hails from the premium Vinha do Fava vineyard, situated in the warm, sandy soils of Fernando Pó, a tiny district in the Peninsula de Setbuál. Though it basks in intense sunshine all day, it’s also only four miles from the Atlantic Ocean – all those brisk sea breezes lock in intense aromatics and keep the grapes from over-ripening. Leonor acquired this special spot back in 2000 and immediately recognized its potential for growing fine Touriga Nacional. Today it’s winemaker Jaime Quendera’s go-to spot when he’s planning on making one of his higher-end creations for Leonor. And with very good reason – more than 60 of the estate’s 800 medals are golds awarded to wines made from this vineyard alone. So it’s not really a surprise that this eponymous red already sports five golds and a 91-point score from top critic (and noted sommelier), Andreas Larsson:
“Inky dark purple core. Perfumed nose, violet, lavender, dark cherry and cassis notes, pure and youthful. The palate has a high density and concentration but fine texture and well tamed tannin, fresh backbone, floral dark fruit notes with clove, sweet pepper, ginger and a long dense finish, well balanced with fine drinkability.”
Made for a hearty feast of game meats or beef, this stunner is only made in limited batches – hurry for yours!