2002 Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional Dao

SKU #1086753 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Pungent, ripe red berries and cured meat on the nose. This conveys an impressive sense of sweet fruit for the vintage, with fresh raspberry and wild strawberry flavors given spicy lift by crisp acidity. A firm, well-focused midweight, finishing with sweet berry fruit and a refreshingly bitter note of rhubarb. This is delicious.  (4/ 2006)

K&L Notes

Consisting of over 40% of their total acreage, Touriga Nacional is Quinta dos Roques' most important grape variety. It is also indigenous to the Dao (not the Douro) and many would argue that it is here where the grape reaches its maximum potential. Savory, dark fruit aromas lead to a palate showing tasty blackberry fruit flavors with meaty undertones. The wine is softening and entering its prime drinking period. Try it with merguez, pork sausages, or a hearty bean and vegetable stew (particularly one with a little chorizo, ham or bacon tossed in).

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