A serious, impressive wine, packed with the dark tannins of Touriga Nacional. It also has an elegance that gives it shape, structure and surprising poise for such a rich, juicy wine. The fruit is ripe, flavored with dark berries, cranberry tannins and some wood spice. Age for 3–4 years.
Impressive, ripe wine, the acidity and black fruits meld together in a harmonious whole. It has fresh fruit as well as dark tannins, wood aging giving a rounded feel to the texture. Age for two years.
The estate wine from Casal Branco is impressive and structured, with dried berry fruits, dark, dry tannins and a solid structure. The acidity is very present, helping to keep the wine fresh, but the complex dark flavors and spice are certainly there to allow the wine to age over the next 3–4 years.
This wine combines sophistication with ripe fruitiness. It is a well judged blend of Touriga Nacional and Castelão bringing the tannins and structure of the first with the red juiciness of the second. Definitely worth aging, with the firm tannins and acidity likely to smooth out after two years.
Named as commemoration of the Knights Templar whose Portuguese headquarters were in nearby Tomar, this is a seriously rich, opulent wine, full of red berry fruits and dark spices. Flavors of damson, strawberry jelly as well fine acidity all come through. Age for 3–4 years.
A huge, deep-colored wine, with intense, juicy fruit flavors and a layer of dry tannin. Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet are blended, with the Touriga showing dominance, giving a serious, solid structure, black fruits and dusty texture. Very ripe, this still has aging potential. Imported by Grape Expectations (CA).
A terrific value, Casa da Alorna’s 2003 Colheita Seleccionada is a darkly colored wine imbued with a round, lush mouthfeel and long, velvety finish. Slightly herbal (mint?) and meaty notes add complexity to black cherry and plum flavors. A blend of Castelão (Periquita), Trincadeira and Tinta Miúda.