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Deep, dark and delicious but also highly quaffable, The Messenger Touriga Nacional from Douro, Portugal is today's Insider Deal.
If you've been reading Reverse Wine Snob for long, then you know we often tout Portugal as a great place to find value. Those same grape varieties that make up the excellent Port wines found there also make some truly magnificent red wines.
And while we often specifically point to the value in Portuguese red blends, today we're extremely excited to bring you a single varietal Touriga Nacional, the country's most noble grape -- and most expensive in single varietal form.
Bold, dark and tannic, this variety, which has great aging potential, normally retails for well more than today's offer price.
Even better, the example we have today comes from the fine folks at Art + Farm wines, who you may remember from their spectacular Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (our top ranked wine of 2022).
Here's the genesis of today's wine which comes from the famed Douro region of Portugal:
As a child growing up in Australia, Rob would accompany his dad to one of the local wineries where they would ‘go around the back’ and find a designated barrel of Port wine with a unique chalk mark. Once the barrel was identified they siphoned the Port into their 5-gallon container. Doing this required sticking a hose in the barrel, sucking on it until the Port started flowing, and then jamming the hose into the container without drinking or spilling too much. Rob figures his first taste of Port was probably around the age of 10, courtesy of this siphoning hose. Once the container was filled, they would hand some cash to the cellar guy and return home to carefully decant the Port into a selection of small barrels. To this day, Rob’s 94-year-old father still keeps a small barrel of Port at the ready to share with friends.
Rob’s fascination with Port grew from these early experiences and evolved into a love of Portugal’s famed Vintage Ports and eventually triggered a visit to Porto. Now, he was expecting the Ports to be glorious - and they were. The big surprise was how good the dry table wines were. Screamingly good white and red wines that were also very reasonably priced.
Kat and Rob discovered a small family farm growing grapes and making wine in both the Douro region near Porto and the Vinho Verde region further north. Standing out among their varied offerings were the Alvarinho (Albariño) and Touriga Nacional. The family has an unusual arrangement with another customer that prohibits us from using their name, which is a shame. However, the story of the Portuguese family and their wines took Rob back to his childhood and reminded him of the family his Dad would buy Port from. In every way, these wines are an expression of the land that grew them and the hands that have touched them.
Normally retailing from the winery for a reasonable $25 per bottle, our Insider Deal slashes that price...
For the next day you can get 4 bottles of the 2020 The Messenger Touriga Nacional for just $XX.99 ($XX/bottle), a discount of XX%.
Add in the savings from our $6.99 shipping and your discount goes up to XX% on this 91-93 point wine. Buy multiples and you save even more since you'll never pay more than $6.99 shipping, no matter how many 4-packs you buy.
This 4-pack deal is available to ship to the following states: CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, WA and WI. (These states are dependent on the individual licenses of the offering winery and are not representative of all our deals. Every deal can have different, sometimes more, sometimes less, states available.)
This limited time, winery direct offer ends Friday 3/24/2023 at noon (PT) unless it sells out sooner.
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The 2020 The Messenger Touriga Nacional comes from Douro, Portugal and is aged in neutral oak. It has 4 g/L of residual sugar.
From the winery:
Portugal’s beloved Touriga Nacional has long been a staple in the country’s famed vintage ports with references to its cultivation in Douro dating back to the 17th century. As a dry red wine, the variety is also fabulous. Often overlooked by grape growers because it is hard to grow, recent improvements to farming and vine selection have thankfully allowed for the varietal’s resurgence as a dry red wine. This wine has stunning dark berry flavors. It is deep and dark but smooth and gentle at the same time. Think full-bodied and light on its feet. Strong and nimble. Delicious now and for at least another 5 years, maybe more.
The 2020 The Messenger Touriga Nacional Douro 359 pours quite dark in the glass and opens with strong and enticing aromas of blackberry and a touch of spice. Floral notes also come out with some time. It's an exciting start.
Taking a sip reveals a deep, dark and delicious full-bodied wine that is also highly quaffable, a rare combination! This is a juicy, fruity good time but it also has great depth on the rich dark fruit and soft, fine, silky smooth tannins plus nice touches of spice throughout.
It ends with a dry, very long, juicy and slightly grippy finish. It gets even better with air and was just as good on day 2. Delicioso!
2020 THE MESSENGER TOURIGA NACIONAL
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Get the 2020 The Messenger Touriga Nacional 4-Pack while you can! It ends Friday 3/24 at noon Pacific.
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