2003 Touriga Nacional

2003 Touriga Nacional

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We have always held the belief that a grape variety like Touriga Naçional would take exceptionally well to our climate in Paso Robles. It is considered to be the finest of the seven accepted varieties used in making Portugal’s famous fortified wines and in the red table wine from Dão. It is noted for its powerful aroma suggestive of perfumed fruit syrup or mulberries, and its vast but well balanced scale. We purchased some of this wonderful fruit from Ron Silva, a grower who has been experimenting with Portuguese varieties in his Lodi vineyards for some years, as we wanted to see what kind of wine it would make. Touriga Naçional from our own vineyards should be available in 2006. Fruit from Silva Spoons was transported to Paso Robles in temperature controlled vehicles. Upon arrival at the winery it was gently crushed and left to ferment in an open top fermenter after being given a three day cold soak. It was transferred into French oak barrels (20% new) to complete malic fermentation and aged for 14 months.

Enjoy now through 2012.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Deep purple, very saturated
  • Aroma: Sweet, intense aromas of candied peel, persimmon, grape juice and cloves
  • Taste: Bold and fruit driven, this medium bodied wine has tones of coffee and nuttiness; wonderful texture with juicy mouth feel; bright and intense flavors of candied peel, mulberries, brambles and persimmon, with coffee and a hint of dark chocolate
Other Notes
"A beguiling wine made from a most uncommon grape" — Matthias Gubler, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Harvest Date
Oct. 14, 2003
14 months in 20% new oak
Alcohol %