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2018 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

2018 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

Learn More About the 2018 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Through its Reviews.


Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Top 100 Wines of 2021


“Juicy and muscular, with a ball of plum paste, warmed fig compote, and black currant reduction flavors that need time to unwind. Ample graphite- and bramble-accented grip underscores the fruit on the finish, while a ganache note finds room to strut its stuff in the end. Should be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage.”

96 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2018 Vintage Port is fabulous stuff and has a quintessential bouquet of spiced berries, cassis, fresh plum, Asian spices, and dried flowers. More about elegance, finesse, and complexity than sheer power (especially when compared to the 2020s), it's medium to full-bodied and nicely focused on the palate, with perfect balance between its fruit, sugar, and alcohol. Brought up in old wood tanks and bottled with 100 grams of residual sugar, it already offers pleasure, particularly with lots of air (I followed this bottle for three days), but I suspect it will have 40 years or more of overall longevity given its remarkable purity and balance.”

96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“While this vintage was not generally declared as such by the major Port houses, it has produced some very fine wines. This wine, still very young, is dry in style, full of black cherry and spice flavors along with intense acidity. The spirit is not fully integrated yet, but that will come. It is certainly for long-term aging, so wait to drink until 2028."

95 Pointz Vinous

“The 2018 Vintage Port from Noval, picked from 5 September, has a really lovely bouquet with black plum and cassis fruit, still with that faint tincture of fireside hearth, concentrated and supremely well focused. This is the most "vinous" recent vintage insofar that it veers away from a fortified wine, perhaps with less VA than the 2017. The palate has a satin-like texture on the entry, a little spicier than the 2019, hints of black pepper, graphite, clove, and allspice, very harmonious and poised on the graphite-tinged finish. Excellent.”

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2018 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. This was bottled May 13, 2020. Simply gorgeous, this is aromatic, chock-full of flavor, and wholly delicious—but that's just the starting point. It has a serious backbone too, perfectly countered by the mid-palate depth. More than lovely, it might well be my favorite of the 2018s I've seen thus far, if I were forced to pick just one. It is surprisingly accessible, in a way, but that's because the mid-palate soaks up the power. It was certainly still vibrant days later. It should age well, but let's be just a little conservative now in evaluation and drinking windows.”

94 Pointz James Suckling

“This has an attractive nose with fresh dark berries, grilled herbs, chocolate, and wet stones. Hints of kirsch, too. Full-bodied with moderate sweetness and an array of fine, marble-polished tannins. Lively, almost crunchy dark fruit character with so much finesse and delicacy. Long finish.”

93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“The peppercorn spice driving this wine’s youthful exuberance led one taster to compare it to a Syrah from Hermitage. Others described the flavor akin to tart wild grapes, huckleberries, black currant… The wine is. in fact, packed with fruit, held tight by that peppercorn-like reduction, bursting out of its seams. As Michael Kowalski of Miraval Berkshires in Lenox, Mass., noted “It’s going places, but it’s not there yet. Built to cellar.”  

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

96 Pointz Decanter

“A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, and Sousão, picked over a long period from 5th September to 13th October. Lovely deep, dark colour; dense, ripe, bold fruit (a touch hot country) on the nose; lovely super-ripe blackberry and cassis fruit initially, wonderful freshness, vitality, and verve, backed by broad, ripe tannins and a long powerful finish. This has it all! 1,600 cases in total, representing 7% of Noval’s production.”



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