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2019 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews




2019 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews




Learn More About the 2019 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Through its Reviews.



2019

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“Showing incredible purity and elegance, the 2019 Vintage Port reminds me a little of the 2017, offering gorgeous cassis and plum fruits as well as candied black olive, melted licorice, Asian spices, and tobacco. Full-bodied, rich, and flawlessly balanced, it shines for its elegance and purity, has silky tannins, and not hard edge to be found. It's so balanced and pure, it's a joy to drink even today, and it should continue to evolve gracefully for 50+ years if you have a cold cellar (and are young). It's a gorgeous wine.”



97 Pointz James Suckling 


“ Aromas of dried cherries, blackberries, and cassis with dark licorice, chocolate, and graphite undertones. Full-bodied, with a ripe and mellow sweetness, and ultra-fine, silky tannins that flow through the palate for minutes. Lots of grip. Such an elegant texture, with great finesse. Long and seamless. Better from 2030.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2019 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It was bottled May 4, 2021, and has 100 grams of residual sugar. It was in bottle only a bit more than two months when tasted, but it seems quite brilliant, even so. Very concentrated, it adds controlled power and coats the palate. 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. Two days later, it was notably more astringent. Four days later, it was very firm on the finish and better overall. In fact, that was a far better showing than on day one. This is plainly built for the long haul. I would expect nothing less from a fine Noval Vintage Port. It became more focused and precise as well...This is a powerful beauty, well justifying Noval's tendency to declare most every year.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“Noval has released 2,780 cases, equivalent to 15% of production, of the 2019 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cao, Sousao, Tinta Roriz, foot-trodden in lagares with 18 months in oak barrel. This is well defined on the nose, with dusky black fruit laced with graphite and clove. A serious rendition when compared directly with the more “playful” 2019 Passadouro; 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.”



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Although 2019 was not a generally declared vintage by other Port shippers, Noval went its own way with this vintage. It is such an elegant wine, balancing black fruits against a massive texture for aging. A rich structure gives the wine density and enormous potential. Drink from 2030.”



96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is dense, winey, and well-structured, delivering a tarry spine through the core of packed black currant, fig, and bramble notes that run in lock-step with mouthwatering licorice snap and spice accents. The great finishing kick leaves an invigorating feel, not easy for Port to do.” 



91 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“A lean vintage for Noval, which is typically fuller and fleshier in its fruit, the 2019 is meaty in the way that spicy chorizo is meaty, with hints of tobacco and smoke. The black-grape flavors develop toward chocolate tannins, edged in mineral schist and warmth from the alcohol. An awkward adolescent,  this needs age to integrate; the elements are there to become a 20-year wine complexity”




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95 Pointz Decanter


“A late release, on sale this Christmas, from the mostly recently declared year for Vintage Port. 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.”


ENJOY!

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