Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wine of the Week - Herdade do Rocim Touriga Nacional

This week's featured wine is the Touriga Nacional from Herdade do Rocim. As in nearly all of Portugal, the focus here is on indigenous grapes, so while you might not have heard of Touriga Nacional before, it is certainly a variety that's well worth getting to know. Its home is the Duoro Valley in Northern Portugal, where its primary purpose is as a blending grape for Port wines. However, savvy winemakers have realized Touriga's potential for dry red wines, like this delicious bottling hailing from the Alentejo region. This is a wine with great aging potential, with Roger Voss of the Wine Enthusiast awarding the 2017 vintage 90 points, saying:
"A dark, perfumed wine with ripe black currant flavors that are underlined by layers of tannins. This solid, fine wine is rich, still structured and needing time to broaden out."

Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira has been in charge of the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina and Pedro have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building s new state of the art winery. They believe that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition and have created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.

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