A Luscious Portuguese Red Wine Comes Out of Quinta da Alorna
The Quinta da Alorna, born in 1723, is located in the heart of the Tejo region near the city of Santarém once a strategic fortress town on a plateau beside the river and now a lively agricultural center. Quinta da Alorna is known not just for its quality wines but also for the beauty of its estate. With 220 of its 2,800 hectares devoted to vineyards, they use a selection of the best varieties of grapes like Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet, Arinto and Chardonnay to make their quality, award-winning wines. Their wines are competitive in both the domestic and international markets.
I am finding many great wines from Portugal and one such wine is the Quinta Da Alorna Touriga National Reserva. This Southern Portugal red is born from a blend of two grapes. Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Touriga Nacional is considered to be the signature grape of Portugal and is blended with other grapes to add complexity to many wines. This dark purple grape has nice acidity and tannins giving wines longevity. This aromatic, full-bodied grape lends a taste of dark fruit, chocolate and espresso to many wines.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is a black grape which adds a black currant aroma to wines which holds true for this wine. This grape also gives wine the ability to age well and mature in the bottle.
After fermentation, the wine is then aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
Together these two grape varietals come together to give the Quinta Da Alorna Touriga National Reserva 2011 a dark violet color along with smoothness and complexity with a well-balanced finish. The nose is a bit of leather with dark jammy fruit. The taste was dark ripe fruit, tobacco and some oak.
Once opened, this wine should be left to breathe for a short time before drinking. All in all I found this to be a nice red wine for the price.
Pairings for this wine should be creamy pastas, beef, lamb, winter vegetables and mature, hard cheeses, foods that can hold up to its powerful flavors.
Awards for the Quinta Da Alorna Touriga National Reserva 2011 include:
- MUNDUSvini 2014 – Gold medal
- Challenge International du Vin 2014 – Silver medal
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 – Commended medal
- Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2014 – Editor’s Choice – 92 points
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.