2011 Kenneth Volk Touriga Nacional

SKU #1158581

This is Ken Volk's take on the Portuguese grape Touriga Nacional, which is traditionally used for both table and Port wine production. This Touriga comes from the Pomar Junction (Paso), Silvaspoons (Lodi) and Huero Huero Vineyards (Paso), far from their native soils in the Douro and Dao River Valleys. Aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels, ranging in age, for 16 months. Winemaker notes: "This wine is light purple in color and has aromas of violets, red plum and berries. On the palate, it has flavors of cherry, plum and Earl Grey tea, and finishes with firm, fine grained tannins."

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
This wine is very floral, rose and violet notes, alongside black cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate is leaner, but full of fresh currant, rich cherry and plum fruit, with an earthy, lightly tannic finish. A very interesting and delicious wine!

By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2014  | Send Email
This is an incredibly unique and delicious bottle of wine! Notes of dusty dark fruit, flowers and earthy savor lead to a palate of sweet ripe fruit. Finishing dry with gentle tannin, this wine brings serious character to the table! This will pair perfectly with meals of the rustic variety, with grilled meats in particular.

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/5/2014  | Send Email
In case you were wondering, Touriga Nacional is one of the main grapes used in making Port. Technically, the winery is not supposed to have the word "Touriga Nacional" printed on label according to EU law (for now, it's "administratively approved" by our own TTB bureaucracy, however--sorry, EU!). And it is extremely rare for a winery outside of Portugal to even plant this varietal. In any case, this wine is quite a treat, a combination of blackberry, blueberry and floral violets bursts out of the glass followed by hints of earth and a lively mouthfeel and finish with some soft, mocha notes. It was quite a unique experience, worth a try for sure!

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