Touriga – Kaya Vineyards

Vintage 2016

AVA: Dahlonega Plateau

Kaya Vineyards and Winery

Aged in oak barrels.

Touriga Nacional is a Portuguese grape varietal.

This varietal is used as an important blending component in fortified Port wines of the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal.

The vines produce small clusters of small berries resulting in low yields.

The original stock of Touriga Nacional was planted in the Kaya vineyard back in 1997. Some of the original vines have been replaced though many have survived and continue to produce.

Deep ruby in color.

Medium nose of toasted marshmallows, roasted almonds, fig, vanilla, and baking spices.

Full body with high tannins and medium acidity.

Medium flavors of fig preserves, s’mores, almonds, bittersweet cocoa, nutmeg, cedar, smoke and vanilla.

Medium finish of charred wood and mushroom.

13.3% ABV.

This wine is likely a year past its prime though is still very enjoyable. We tried this wine in March 2020 and it certainly faded some since.

I look forward to trying more youthful vintages of this wine from Kaya Vineyards and Winery.

JenNis Beverage Marketing score of 87 points.

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