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2019 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

Douro Valley, Portugal

Exquisite vintage port from a great, historic producer. Approachable now but cellaring highly recommended.

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...this certainly stood out for both concentration and power.

Mark Squires (The Wine Advocate)

About This Wine

Quinta do Noval only releases a tiny portion of its wines as a Vintage Port, and they are consistently among the greatest wines of the region.

Their vintage port is as always 100% estate (quinta) fruit, and it's always one of great class and purity. Aged for 18 months in the traditional wooden barrels and bottled with just under 100g of residual sugar.

Elegant and powerful, this is noticeably perfumed, floral and incredibly enticing. The structure and tannins will ensure decades of life ahead - but, if you wanted to drink it now, it is exceptionally pleasurable.

About Quinta do Noval

Quinta do Noval is one of the great Port houses, producing not only the most famous Vintage Port (the legendary Nacional), but also creating the ‘late-bottled’ style as well as the first single vintage Tawny Ports, both in the 1950’s.

Despite its history and standing, the quality of all Quinta do Noval’s wines was elevated significantly since the early 1990’s when Englishman Christian Seely took over as head of production.

Traditional vinification methods remained the same, however one significant difference is that all single vintage wines from Noval now come from 100% estate-grown fruit (unlike most other large producers in the region).

Since the ’94 vintage, the first under Christian Seely, the Quinta do Noval Vintage Ports have always been rated amongst the best of the region.

 

The winery and vineyards of Quinta do Noval
The winery and vineyards of Quinta do Noval
Douro Valley, Portugal
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From The Producer

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is characterised by its purity of fruit and a fine, delicate quality that is typical of the wines of the property in general, but which finds its most remarkable and enduring expression in the Vintage Ports.

Grapes are trodden by foot to obtain the must, then they macerate in the lagares, the traditional stone vats from the Quinta, to ensure the best possible extraction of aromas, colour and tannins during fermentation. It is matured for 18 months in wooden casks in the air-conditioned cellars of the Quinta, at the demarcated region of the Douro Valley before bottling.

Blend : Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousao, Tinta Cao
ABV : 19.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2080
Bottle Size : 750ml

Christian Seely
Christian Seely
Quinta do Noval, Douro Portugal
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
Decanter

"Deep opaque inky black hue; tight knit and unyielding with underlying minty ripeness on the nose; well-defined minty fruit with great purity and intensity on the palate, dark chocolate depth at the core, firm but ripe linear tannins with, long lovely freshness (the hallmark of this vintage) present on the finish." - Richard Mayson (Decanter.com)

96Points
Vinous

"This is well defined on the nose, with dusky black fruit laced with graphite and clove [and] hints of liquorice, eucalyptus and boot polish emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with vivid red and black fruit, liquorice and black pepper, crisp acidity with a structured finish. This is a fresh, tensile Noval that will age with style." - Neal Martin (Vinous)

97Points
The Wine Advocate

"Tasted with some other 2019s, this certainly stood out for both concentration and power. It touches all the bases in terms of expressive fruit and structure, finishing dry and seriously. It seemed balanced enough to drink young, but that would be a mistake. For one thing, it steadily tightened as it aired out. It also increasingly showed gorgeous eucalyptus-laced aromatics. This is plainly built for the long haul. I would expect nothing less from a fine Noval Vintage Port. This is a powerful beauty, well justifying Noval's tendency to declare most every year." - Mark Squires (The Wine Advocate)

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