Sunday, June 19, 2005

Vino from the Peach State

Last evening I decided to be adventurous and crack open a bottle of 2000 Tiger Mountain Vineyards Touriga Nacional from the great state of Georgia. Touriga is native to Portugal and is one the grapes used for Port as well as many Duoro Valley table wines.

Tiger Mountain is located in Northwest Georgia at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 2000 feet above sea level. The mineral-rich soils, well-drained slopes, warm days and cool nights are the perfect combination for producing flawless fruit.

This Touriga is one of the best wines I have tasted as of late. Rich notes of spice, dried cherries, and cedar on the nose followed by an extremely smooth and almost tannin-less mouthfeel. Excellent on its own or paired with grilled pork or duck. Even better with a nice, juicy Ostrich loin steak. YUM!

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