Aveleda 2006 Follies Touriga Nacional -- Wine Review
Our Selection for Wine of the Week March 28, 2011
2006 Follies Touriga Nacional Bairrada, Portugal
The Aveleda family of northern Portugal has been well-known for their advanced grape growing methods as early as the mid-nineteenth century. Excluding fortified wines like port, their family-owned company is now considered one of the three most significant wineries in Portugal. In 1998, they decided to embark on a new challenge, producing a world-class red wine from a new region. They chose to purchase the noted Quinta da Augiera in Bairrada. The vineyard was best known for its original owner, the Viscount of Augiera, noted not only as a politician but also the first vintner to produce red wine in the region. Aveleda's Follies Touriga Nacional comes from this estate. On the nose, the wine offers an inviting blend of dark fruit including black currant and blackberry mingled with chocolate, tobacco and oak. A full-bodied, yet surprisingly elegant wine for the price, its up-front berry flavors are balanced by earthy, spicy notes at the back of the palate. Try it with an herb-roasted lamb shank, beef or wild boar ragout or a plate of aged, hard cheeses, figs and almonds.