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2012 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

2012 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

Learn More About the 2012 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Through its Reviews.


Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“The dark, almost black color, and the wonderful violet aromas set the scene for this complex, dense, and textured wine. It has a touch of spice, along with the rich plum and dark berry fruits. While it is rich, it is also a dry style of Vintage, bringing out structure as much as opulence. Drink from 2030.”

94 Pointz James Suckling

“Aromas of cloves, black pepper, tar, blackberries, licorice and slate. Full body with chewy, velvety tannins. Rich, powerful, layered, and beautiful.”

94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Since this was last seen, it has come along beautifully. It is actually richer, lusher, and more seductive than the 2011, which focuses on power, while still showing admirable mid-palate finesse. That said, it really isn't as concentrated, and it certainly is not as well-structured. It is still an unusually sexy Noval with a hedonistic overlay. It is pretty approachable. You may not conclude it is the best of the group, but everyone's going to adore it.”

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A grippy style, with lots of tobacco and charcoal notes coursing along the edges of the core of plum, black currant, and fig paste flavors. Slightly chunky in feel, but the power and depth is there, revealing a swath of warm ganache on the finish.”

91 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Christian Seely at Noval was impressed enough by the quality of some blocks in 2012 that he determined to declare the vintage after 2011, albeit in small quantities. This is a massive wine, smelling of schist and tasting of smashed berries and bittersweet chocolate. The waxy texture carries a lot of fruit richness. A juicy and powerful young Porto, this is a wine to check in on at ten years; it may well be going strong at 20.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

93 Pointz Decanter

“A somewhat idiosyncratic declaration in a year bypassed by most shippers; just 1,000 cases produced. Fabulous aromas of liquorice, dense yet fragrant and floral in its first bloom of youth. Pure, peppery berry fruit is backed by fine-grained tannins – well defined and beautifully focused.”

17/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Not that sweet. A sturdy, rather 'masculine' port with masses of substance. Impressively grown-up for the price. Dry finish. The wine tastes as though it would reward decanting. Rather claret-like – a Portuguese relative of its stablemate Ch Pichon Baron of Pauillac? Christian Seely of owners AXA Millésimes recommends decanting this a few hours before serving, and drinking it up within four days, although it will last a bit longer in a decanter than a vintage port.”



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