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2015 Touriga, Alta Mesa, Lodi | Item No. 15TOSS
2015 Touriga, Alta Mesa, Lodi | Item No. 15TOSS
2015 Touriga, Alta Mesa, Lodi | Item No. 15TOSS2015 Touriga, Alta Mesa, Lodi | Item No. 15TOSS

2015 Touriga, Alta Mesa, Lodi
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2015 Touriga, Alta Mesa, Lodi

 Dan Berger’s 2017 International Wine Competition 

Best of Class-Double Gold

 2015 Touriga, Lodi

 

Most wine drinkers familiar with Touriga recognize it as one of the grape varieties used in the production of the dessert wine; Port.  This is not unexpected because Touriga is the most favored variety for the production of Port, but what is not widely known is that Touriga also makes a terrific table wine.  As Portuguese vintners modernize their wine industry there has been a renewed interest in Touriga and some critics contend that the finest of today’s red table wines from Portugal more often than not contain Touriga.  In the nineteenth century before the scourge of Phyloxera destroyed the vineyards of Portugal, Touriga was a widely planted variety.  Unfortunately, one hundred years ago when the Portuguese replanted their vineyards Touriga fell out of favor due to its low yields and it was replaced with more productive varieties. But as the old saying goes, ‘It is hard to keep a good man down’ so it is with Touriga, and its ability to produce wines with depth of fruit, color, and tannin has it back in the good graces of Portuguese winemakers.

 

The 2015 Touriga has a deep purple color with bright youthful hues.  Along with Grenache, Touriga is one of the most fruit driven wines we produce.  The aromas are floral and bursting at the seams with loads of black cherries, Marion berry and boysenberry.  In addition to the dark fruits there is a perfume; honeysuckle, lilac, linalool, and lavender all come to mind. The fruit is just too dominant for there to be much of a bouquet, but if one lets the wine warm and you search for it you may find a whiff of hazelnut and mocha.  On the pallet, the flavors are rich and creamy as well as juicy and succulent.  Fully ripened, almost sweet flavors of black raspberry, currant, and plum transition through to a mid palate that reveals the influence of the barrel; toasted oak and milk chocolate.  Mild tannins provide a soft lengthy finish to this wine. 

 

Varietal Composition:

75% Touriga National            25% Touriga Francesa

14.7% Alc.    0.72 g/100ml TA      3.55 pH

Oak Regime:

39% French Oak           35% American Oak                 26% Neutral Oak

 

Released: May 1, 2017                   

Cases Produced: 406

Suggested Retail Price:  $27

 

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By California Wine Navigator
8/7/2017
Jeff Runquist's 15 Touriga…toasted oak and milk chocolate mid-palate! #touriga http://ow.ly/zVIx30dJdiW Twitter
By Mike Schmidt
8/7/2017
Ever since the first release of Jeff's Touriga I have been a fan. The nose is filled with dark fruits as well as the palate. Well balanced with mild tannins compared to old world. Fantastic!

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