Indicative blend: Predominantly Touriga Nacional with Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro
Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $21 From: $20 To: $23
|Critic||Score||When to drink|
|Jancis Robinson||16/20||2013 to 2016|
Alfrocheiro Preto – Tinta Roriz – Touriga is a common blend used in Portuguese red wines, particularly those from the Dao region.
Tinta Roriz is one of the most widely planted red varieties in both Douro and Dao, where this blend is most commonly used. It is known as Aragonez in Portugal's south, but is perhaps most widely known by its Spanish name Tempranillo. To this blend it brings structure and red berry-fruit aromas, along with a hint of sweet spice and even earthier aromas such as leather and tobacco leaves.
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