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Herdade do Portocarro ‘Partage’ Touriga Nacional 2011
The Setúbal Peninsula is located just south of Lisbon, Portugal. In terms of wine production, it’s most famous for the fortified wine Moscatel de Setúbal. Herdade do Portocarro is one producer that is attempting to change the reputation of the region and focus on premium dry wines.
Herdade do Portocarro’s winemaker loves tales from the old American west. Several wines in the lineup pay homage to Native American chiefs like Cavalo Maluco (Crazy Horse) and Geronimo. The winery works with a number of Portuguese grapes in addition to Sangiovese.
This wine is made from 100% Touriga Nacional. It’s a grape more commonly associated with Port and table wines from the Douro. The grape is also grown throughout the country. Touriga Nacional is a wise choice for winemakers in Southern Portugal, thanks of its ability to maintain high acidity.
The 2011 vintage of Herdade do Portocarro ‘Partage’ Touriga Nacional is aged in French oak for 18 months. It’s a developed wine with notes of plum, dried cherry, brown herbs, rose petal, and tobacco. You can feel the acidity and a medium level of tannins. You have to like mature wines to appreciate this, for those who want fresh red, look elsewhere. It’s a complex, thought-provoking wine. My only wish is to have known this wine at a younger age.
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