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2020 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

2020 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

Learn More About the 2020 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Through its Reviews.


Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A solid, dense, and even slightly chunky Port, with baker’s chocolate, black currant, and plum reduction, and licorice root notes mixed together and then backed by a Black Forest cake accent through the grippy finish. There is a lot going on here, and this is among the more backward wines of the vintage. Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao, Sousao, and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2038 through 2060.”

95 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“Reminding me of the 2003, the 2020 Vintage Port is distinctly different than the 2018 and 2019 and leads with a huge amount of jammy, almost blue fruit as well as sandalwood, pepper, and Asian spices. Full-bodied, inky, and concentrated, it’s much more expansive and supple on the palate, with velvety tannins and a great finish. It’s certainly the inkiest colored of all the releases in this report, but it does not have the precision or structure of the 2018 and 2019. Nevertheless, if you love port and this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I would be utterly shocked. It’s going to develop more complexity and nuance with 4-5 years of bottle age, and I would enjoy bottles over the following 25-30 years.” 

95 Pointz James Suckling

“Lots of pure fruit with blackberries and violets. Full-bodied with firm and creamy tannins, yet plenty of grip. Long and intense. Lovely balance. Stone and crushed fruit at the end. Small production.”

95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“The Port has an amazingly dense texture. Its richness comes from this and from its dense power. This is a fine vintage, built to age many years with its structure and great concentration. Drink from 2030.”

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 

“The 2020 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It was bottled April 2, 2022, and has 115 grams of residual sugar. There is almost no Touriga Franca in the blend this year, the winery saying the heat in 2020 damaged the grapes. The rest works well, but it’s a bit different. This is sexier and softer than the typical Noval, utterly delicious, sweeter, and ripe. The tannic backbone is far less impressive, but there is some. As always, the color is dramatic, a dark purple. This probably won’t be the Noval with the highest upside or longest life, but it will certainly be one of the ones that is the hardest to resist on the younger side. For the moment, let’s start here. You can dive in early on this. If it has more potential, it will need to show that in the cellar.” 

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

97 Pointz Decanter

“From an early harvest after a hot summer which produced a small quantity of super-concentrated wines: wonderful inky-crimson colour; closing down on the nose but with underlying ripe plum and berry fruit, almost minty and exotic in its ripeness; made in a deliberately rich style with more residual sugar than normal, dense on the palate with broad ripe, gravelly tannins and a big expansive finish. Still a little raw but with beautiful opulence overall and nothing baked or stewed here, despite the heat and power of the vintage.”



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