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2015 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

2015 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

Learn More About the 2015 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Through its Reviews.


Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

96 Pointz Vinous 

“The 2019 Vintage Port is one that I tasted a few months earlier at Pichon-Baron, and so unsurprisingly, there are few changes except that I feel that the nose has closed up ever so slightly since then. The palate is still velvety smooth, richer, and slightly sweeter than the 2020, enormous depth towards the finish with a hedonistic veneer on the finish. Interestingly, this has less residual sugar than the 2020, but slightly more acidity. Superb. Tasted at the Quinta do Noval tasting at Spring restaurant in London.”

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Vintage Port is part of our mini-vertical this issue. As compared to its immediate siblings in this mini-vertical, this is a big step up on the 2014. Really—it isn't far off the 2016, either. Pretty much every component is better here than on the 2014, and by a wide margin. The fruit is better here, and the concentration is better; so, too, is the structure. The texture is caressing while the acidity strafes the fruit and mingles nicely with the ripe (relatively ripe, that is) tannins. It is pure, rich, sexy, and still balanced, with an invigorating finish. It's delicious too, its lively fruit and good structure promising a long life ahead. This has blossomed since I first saw it for sure. You can think about drinking this in a decade, more or less, but keep it longer for best results, or give it a few hours in a decanter.”

95 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck 

“The 2015 Vintage Port is the normal blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, and Sousão, all from the estate, that spent 18 months in barrel. This full-bodied, rich, opulent effort offers textbook plum and raisined fruits with loads of candied black olives, orange rind, and spice. Despite its richness and depth, it’s surprisingly fresh and lively, with integrated acidity, sensational purity of fruit, and a brilliant sense of elegance. It needs a decade of cellaring and will keep for 3-4 more decades.”

95 Pointz James Suckling

“Exquisite aromas of blackberry, stone, violet and blueberry. Lead pencil too. Ink. Full body, chewy and linear with super polished yet intense tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Classic Noval character through a direct punch to the palate. This needs at least until 2022 to open but already excellent.”

95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“Noval, one of the showpiece estates of the Douro, releases vintages in most years. This wine gives a fine reflection of what is, in fact, a great vintage which was almost a general declaration. It is impressive, ripe with generous black fruits and a fine balance between the spirit and the rich structure and fruit. It is going to mature quickly in the sense that it can be drunk within the next five years. It will also age for several decades.”

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This has intense boysenberry, fig, and plum reduction flavors, backed by a bramble-filled finish. Youthfully tight and backward, this is a touch more muscular in profile than the '16, though it is still very polished in feel. A brick house in this not-widely-declared vintage.—Non-blind Quinta do Noval vertical (May 2018). Best from 2030 through 2050. 2,600 cases made, 180 cases imported.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

95 Pointz Decanter

“A cold, dry winter, followed by a warm, wet spring which set the vines up for a hot, dry summer and an early harvest - it was a partial declaration. This is very deep and opaque, tight-knit, and shut down on itself. It's a touch spirity, with some lovely cherry notes, and although it's fresh and well defined, it's not as big as the 2016. It has fine-grained tannins, with lovely acidity and great elegance all the way through to the finish. 3,000 cases declared. Drinking Window 2028 - 2045.”



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