Texas Touriga Port

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Touriga Nacional is a weird, difficult-to-grow grape that is used to make port in Portugal. For reasons that defy logic, Paul Buist planted Touriga in his Robert Clay Vineyard in rural Mason County some time ago. A tiny winery that gets good press from wine guru Robert Parker called Sandstone Cellars bought a bunch of those grapes and used them to make this Texas port.

It's made with 90 percent Texas-grown Touriga and was bottled in 2006 under the name IV. (It was their fourth unusual Hill Country blend.) I suppose I should have let the stuff age a while longer, but I was too curious to see what it tasted like.

At first, I thought the aroma and flavor were seriously flawed. But after a little airing out, the wine tasted like a good Portuguese port. If I had let it sit around for a few decades, it probably would have tasted phenomenal.

Oh well, next time.

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