Consensus Pinot Noir-Touriga Nacional
“The consensus in the name is between Pinot Noir and Touriga Nacional, a blend that produced a ripe, cherry-flavored wine. It is perfumed and softly textured, with bright fruits as well as acidity. Drink the wine now.” - 91 Points Wine Enthusiast
You all know and love Pinot Noir, from its earthy, light-bodied origins in Burgundy to its medium-bodied, fruity California brethren and everywhere in between. On the other hand, Touriga Nacional is a grape you really only know unless you’re a massive fan of Portuguese wines. A classic blending grape, it’s full-bodied with similarities to Napa Cab. Cab Sauv and Pinot Noir are two grapes rarely ever blended together, but maybe you can imagine what that might taste like. The winery, DFJ Vinhos, cleverly calls their Touriga-Pinot blend Consensus.
Sure enough, this sustainable, vegan Touriga blend is indeed Portuguese. Pinot Noir isn’t a grape that traditionally grows in Portugal, but the innovative winemaker that is Jose Neiva Correia proves that it doesn’t just grow well in his country, it thrives! If you love his Grand’Arte Shiraz, you know he does a fantastic job with unusual plantings.