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Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port Reviews

Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port

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2020 Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port Reviews

99 Pointz Vinous 

“The 2020 Nacional was picked from 1 to 22 September, a relatively short harvest. It has a magnificent, exquisitely defined bouquet with a purity that bowls you over, perhaps even more intense than the 2019 Nacional tasted alongside. The palate is extraordinarily pure and intense, slightly viscous in texture, with layers of cassis, black cherries, blood orange, and a dab of spice. Seamless on the finish. This is a worthy follow-up to the stellar 2019 Nacional. The two will fight between themselves for supremacy. Tasted at the Quinta do Noval tasting at Spring restaurant in London.”

99 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A bird of a different feather, this shows remarkable purity for the vintage, along with a rippling tension that sets it completely apart. Delivers a mix of cassis, plum sauce, and açaí berry compote on the fruit side, along with bramble, salted licorice, cast iron, and bittersweet chocolate notes filling in throughout. Massively structured, too, and there's even a flash of violet at the very end—which takes a while to get to. A special wine. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2040 through 2070.”

97 Pointz James Suckling

“So primary. Tastes like it’s straight from the lagar. A structured and well-formed Nacional that tastes more like a barrel sample. It’s full and powerful with lots of minerally tannins. Lightly sweet. They have a pretty polish. Excellent finish. Elegant with muscle. Drink after 2032.”

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2020 Vintage Port Nacional is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão, and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in old wood. It was bottled April 2, 2022, with 113 grams of residual sugar and 19.2% alcohol. Like its regular Vintage sibling in this report, this is on the sweeter side for Noval, although still well in normal range. This is pretty fine, but also like its sibling, probably not a true classic, considering the grandeur of this brand. And like its sibling, it also is simply delicious and irresistible, easy to drink on the younger side, for Noval. This does have more of a backbone than the regular bottling, though, and more upside potential in the cellar. With air, it quickly showed off the great fruit, tinged with a bit of red berries and eucalyptus. This is still a pretty fine Nacional, although not a great one, and it should develop well.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

99 Pointz Decanter

“Like the rest of Quinta do Noval, the Nacional parcel ripened early in 2020 and was harvested in one day on 17th September. Deepest inky crimson-black colour; sullen and dense on the nose but with underlying opulence; amazing depth and concentration, nothing raw about this despite its youth. Broad, ripe, gravelly tannins, focused with glorious spice and richness. Big and broad on the finish but with remarkable freshness and finesse for a hot year. A ‘wow’ of a wine with a lifetime or more in bottle ahead.”

2019 Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port Reviews

99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2019 Vintage Port Nacional is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão, and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in old wood. It was bottled May 4, 2021, with 100 grams of residual sugar and 19.4% alcohol. This opened rather differently than the regular Noval Port this report, showing more open and expressive fruit, more cherries, and even more power as they both aired out. The aromatics are excellent here too, but more fruit-driven. When I came back to both some two days later, this brilliant and graceful Nacional made the wonderful regular Noval seem clumsy. It's the difference in styles, really, and reasonable minds might differ in preference, but this Nacional has more precision and more finesse. It is brighter and laser-like focused with an expression of fruit that seems so pure that you can almost think they used a spoon to fill the bottle after just crushing the grapes. The regular Noval, by contrast, seems rounder, more full-bodied, and richer, albeit less defined. They both have a fair share of power. On first taste, the regular Noval seemed less powerful. Two days later, it seemed more powerful, but the Nacional fruit was always more interesting and far more intense in its character. Three days later, there was certainly still plenty of firmness on the Nacional finish. If the structure is excellent, the fruit is sensational. Three days after opening, the fruit had not budged an inch, showing nothing but exuberance and youth. The juicy finish of this very fresh Porto seals the deal. True, it was in bottle only about two months or so when tasted, but its quality is not in question. If you want a collectible and can afford it, this is the easy pick. If neither of those is true, the regular Noval offers way more bang for the buck. Both have significant aging potential. As promising as the regular Noval is, however, this seems to have a lot more upside as well as a lot more "wow" factor. I have given this wine a drinking window that begins in about 10 years, but of course, that is a minimum for this as well as the regular Noval. These days, Ports are more refined, so you can theoretically start sooner, most of the time. In truth, it will need 20 years before it is firing on all cylinders. Purists will suggest longer.”

98 Pointz James Suckling

“A chewy and beautiful young Nacional with grapey character and lots of depth and layers of tannins. Crushed blackberries and black cherries. Tannic finish. Needs 10 to 15 years to soften.”

98 Pointz Vinous 

“Last but certainly not least, the 2019 Quinta do Noval Naçional Vintage Port comes from Noval’s un-grafted vines and undergoes essentially the same maturation as the regular Noval. It is more backward on the nose compared to the Noval, demands time to open, before eventually revealing black cherries, tar, tobacco, and clove. A touch of smoke and eucalyptus make an appearance with time. The palate is absolutely sublime with a perfectly judged line of acidity; a Naçional that is full of tension and energy, finely chiseled tannins, and an enthralling crescendo towards the spicy and peppery finish. This is quite profound.”

98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

#82 Top 100 Cellar Selections 2022

“This iconic Port comes from a small parcel of ungrafted vines close to the house at Noval. This latest incarnation is wonderfully perfumed, with powerful, age-worthy tannins. It is dry and boldly structured, with a rich plum core that's bolstered by piercing acidity. Don't drink before 2032.” 

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This is clearly packed, with a remarkably dense core of black currant, fig, açaí berry, and plum fruit that’s steeped in feel yet still well-defined. Licorice root, Turkish coffee, baker's chocolate, and singed alder notes course through, adding impressive range and drive. All that power and density and there’s still great cut and a lingering mouthwatering edge. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2040 through 2065. 167 cases made.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

98 Pointz Decanter

“From a legendary plot of ungrafted vines at the heart of this immaculate property in the Pinhão valley: wonderful depth of colour; closed, sullen initially and still a bit leafy and raw on the nose but with great brooding depth and intensity; lovely broad, spicy flavours, well-structured sinewy-spicy tannins, freshness and ripeness in near perfect balance but perhaps still a touch green and herbaceous towards the finish.”

2017 Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port Reviews

100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2017 Vintage Port Nacional is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão, and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in old wood. It comes in at 99 grams of residual sugar and was bottled about a month before this tasting after 18 months in wooden vats. In 2016, I might've made an argument that the regular Noval was better. In this vintage, this seems to be a clear choice, granting that Ports change constantly in their youth. Its siblings at all levels in the last few vintages are very fine, but this is an indisputable benchmark that seems to better them all. Rich and vibrant, this has plenty of stuffing and flavor, more than the regular Noval. Then, it adds layer after layer of power. A couple of hours of air makes both the flavors and tannins more intense. It is simply gripping—yet also remarkably fresh. It's a great Noval, and one of the shortlist candidates for "Wine of the Vintage." There were 200 cases produced.

99 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2017 Vintage Port Nacional is similarly colored to the classic release, but it’s slightly more muscular and meaty, with powerful notes of black plums, melted licorice, menthol, distilled herbs, and coffee. As with the classic cuvée, it’s one of those ports that has incredible power and richness, yet somehow stays light on its feet, fresh, elegant, and weightless. Flawlessly balanced, pure, and straight-up sensational, this magical port is going to round into form with another decade of cellaring and keep for another 40-50 years.”

99 Pointz James Suckling

“Such fine tannins and it goes on and on and on. Full-bodied, compact, and very fine. Sweet plums and old-vine, bark character. Lasts for minutes. Feels dry.”

99 Pointz Vinous

“The 2017 Quinta do Noval Nacional, which was trodden under foot in lagares and matured in wood for 18 months, demands considerable aeration in the glass even after extended decanting. Eventually, it offers an enthralling kaleidoscope of aromas of blackcurrants, clove, thyme, and very subtle truffle aromas (not scents that I often find in young Vintage Port.) It is a mercurial bouquet that constantly shape-shifts in the glass. The palate is full-bodied with perfect balance. This is a faultless Vintage Port whatever way you look at it. From start to finish it conveys a sense of beguiling symmetry, a leitmotif of the 2017s, then astonishing energy and persistence towards the finish with cracked black pepper and clove liberally sprinkled over the vivacious black fruit. Sixty second after the wine has departed you can still feel its presence. This is an astonishing Nacional. Period.”

99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“This is a beautiful, floral wine produced from a small parcel of ungrafted vines. Ripe with layered black fruits as well as rich, dry tannins, it offers loads of spice and concentrated jammy berry fruit flavors. Drink from 2030.”

99 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This features dense black currant, fig and plum paste flavors that flow slowly but steadily while warm earth, baker's chocolate, tar and singed mesquite accents course underneath. The finish is riveted by graphite bolts as the fruit builds and fans out, with the structure working in unison all the way. Like a Richard Serra sculpture, this is massive yet clearly defined. A stunning wine. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2035 through 2070. 200 cases made.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

99 Pointz Decanter

“A field blend of old, ungrafted vines at the heart of the Noval estate, yielding tiny amounts of fruit. It's not quite as deep in colour as some of the more ‘modern’ wines here: it's demure but dense and tight-knit on the nose, with some Douro warmth showing through. The palate is rich and velvety initially, dense with some lovely dark chocolate and liquorice concentration mid-palate, wrapped around fine, broad tannins which pile up in the mouth leading to a peacock's tail of a finish. A wow of a wine showing great power, poise, and integration. Drinking Window 2035 - 2060.”

2011 Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port

100 Pointz James Suckling

“This is an amazing young Port: deep and powerful, subtle and refined. Full body, lightly sweet with big chewy tannins that are polished and sexy. Amazingly well-crafted. Lasts for minutes on the finish. Fantastic. The legend lives. Could be better than the perfect 1994 and equal to the 1963. 220 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine from ungrafted vines. Try in 2024.”

100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional has an entrancing bouquet that unfolds with time. It is extraordinarily concentrated with black currant pastilles, baked earth, a touch of terracotta, and bay leaf that gains more dimension with time. Yet there is undeniable purity and elegance here, a seductive chorus of aromas perfectly in tune. The palate has a wondrous symmetry and focus, perfect acidity, and immense purity. Everything here is so precise and at the same time, unassuming, as if this Nacional is aware of its breeding without the impulse to brag about it. It has closed down just a little since last year, but I take this as a positive sign that this legendary Nacional will delight for decades rather than years. This is the kind of elixir that leaves you speechless – surely the finest Nacional since the ethereal 1963. Drink 2020-2060.”

100 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“The voice of the earth, amplified. This is the fruit of a mixed planting on terraces near the house at Noval, a Portuguese response to the challenge of phylloxera. Determined to plant his indigenous local vines on their own, nacional roots, instead of foreign rootstocks, Luís de Vasconcelos Porto fumigated the soils on these terraces with a series of sulfur treatments. The vines he planted in the 1920s, including a significant portion of sousão, are still producing to this day. As if in vindication of his efforts, this 2011 tastes like the entire Douro compressed into one mouthful of wine. The tannins seek out every space in the mouth, yammering all the while about schist and sun and berries while the wine itself goes silent, or the brain’s attempt to codify the scents of cassis, black cherries, figs, and earth shuts down in the face of a perfect beauty, as if listening for the sound at the peak of a meteor shower in the night sky. When Nacional hits, as it did in 2011, it can live for a century or more.”

100 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

#1 Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2013 

“A powerful and ripe wine, strongly influenced by its tannins, super ripe black fruit, and great structure. It has all the hallmarks of a long-lived vintage Port—very rich, while densely textured and firm. This is an amazing, impressive, concentrated wine, with huge potential. From a parcel of ungrafted vines at Noval.”

98 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Offers powerfully spicy aromas and flavors, with notes of dark chocolate, plum pudding, and dark cherry, accented by a firm minerality. The endless finish of bittersweet chocolate and mincemeat shows loads of grip. Best from 2035 through 2055. 30 cases imported.”

97 Pointz Vinous

“Bright medium ruby. Knockout aromas of black fruits, pungent minerality, licorice, violet, black pepper, and sexy nutty oak quickly shut down in the glass. Wonderfully sweet, layered, and perfumed, with an alluring element of exotic flowers but also a spine of steel underneath. The authoritative, palate-staining finish displays outstanding energy, with the tannins really clamping down on the wine's intense fruit today. This great wine will need at least 15 years of cellaring before it approaches peak drinkability and should go on for at least a few decades beyond that.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Very, very deep glowing crimson. Looks explosive. Extremely intense and wild. Even a hint of rawness buried in all that intense fruit. SO youthful! This is very exciting but quite dry. Massive and glossy and sweet and round. A quite amazing beast. Quite unlike any other wine. Like the Beast of Bodmin.”

2004 Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port

97 Pointz Wine Advocate

“The 2004 Quinta do Noval Nacional has a show-stopping bouquet that is cut from a completely different cloth than the 2004 Vintage. This is far more extravagant and decadent, with kirsch, camphor, incense, and crushed violets exploding from the glass. You might think it was some super Barossa Syrah if you nosed it blind. The palate is intense with penetrating, citrus-fresh black currant and dark-plum fruit. It is has lovely caressing, slightly grainy textured, well-judged acidity, and a composed, elegant finish. This is pure class, a hedonistic Nacional surfeit with swagger and style. Drink 2020-2050.”

2001 Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port

99 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This sports serious heft, with a core of brooding fig jam, ganache, Christmas pudding, and pastis-soaked black currant notes, followed by a powerhouse finish of smoldering charcoal and tar. The feel is remarkably velvety and rounded overall, with a mouthwatering licorice root element adding to the already considerable length. Best from 2026 through 2056. 40 cases imported.”

98 Pointz Vinous

“Though declared back in 2003, the 2001 Quinta do Noval Nacional was not officially released until 2016 because Christian Seely deemed it too backward and tannic in its youth. Matured in used wooden barrels for 20 months, it has a limpid purple hue with very slight bricking at the rim. The utterly captivating bouquet features multilayered black cherries, cassis, crushed violets and hints of iodine, all extremely delineated and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a satin-like texture that renders this Nacional deceivingly approachable, and yet this is clearly a Vintage Port with decades still ahead of it. Amazingly well focused, this 2016 has a brightness and vivacity that probably manifested during the years it was kept back. Stunning. 250 cases produced. Tasted at the Vinous off-line dinner at La Trompette.”

98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“Nacional Vintage Port comes from a small parcel of ungrafted vines on a series of terraces at the Noval estate. It is a legendary wine, produced only occasionally. This wine is still impressively young and shows that it will age for decades. With its dark black fruits and succulent tannins, it is powerful and concentrated. Drink this wine from 2021 and for many years.”


97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck 

“I loved the 2001 Nacional, which is just singing right now. Possessing a huge nose of roasted herbs, black olives, licorice, coffee grinds, and sandalwood, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, concentrated, incredibly layered texture that stays lively, balanced, and clean. This heady, ripe, sensationally complex Port should continue to stay on this plateau of maturity for another 2-3 decades.”

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2001 Vintage Port Nacional is a typical blend, mostly Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão, Sousão, and Tinta Roriz. Aged for 20 months in old barrels in Douro, it comes in with 19.3% alcohol and 76.8 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a late release, declared in 2003 but just now about to hit the market. Christian Seely said: "[T]he 2001 was extremely backward and quite closed up, dense and very tannic. Since we had just declared and released the 2000 Nacional, we decided to lay down the 250 cases of Nacional 2001 ..." The late release has certainly tamed this. It still feels very firm and has a real backbone, but it is not overly drying and it is a lot more approachable than newly-released Nacionals can be. By day three, though, it was showing a bit more pure power and complexity--and it seemed far better.”

2000 Quinta do Noval "Nacional" Vintage Port

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A very fruity aroma leads to concentrated flavors of raspberry, iron, fig, dark plum, slate, and smoke. Refined and unctuous, with a deep well of molten chocolate. Long finish.—Non-blind Quinta do Noval Nacional retrospective (February 2011). Best from 2012 through 2032. 200 cases made.”

95 Pointz Vinous

“Bright medium ruby. Utterly primary aromas of black cherry, licorice, and violet are lifted by an impression of almost peppery acidity. Sharply delineated and extremely pure; less thick today than the young 2003 but then this is an infant and superbly balanced for decades of evolution in bottle. Finishes with a high pitch, the tannins spreading out to coat the teeth and the dark fruit flavors reverberating. Far from the richest vintage of the vertical tasting, but this beauty can safely be lost in your cellar for a couple decades. A splendid achievement in the context of the vintage.”

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The Nacional 2000 is cut from a similar cloth to the Noval Vintage, and judging them side by side, there is a very similar fruit profile, but perhaps a little more delineation. The palate is pure class: sumptuous ripe black fruit, a wonderful thread of acidity, real structure, and focus with a precise, elegant, and penetrating finish. It mellows wonderfully in the glass, but never quite achieves the pulsating intensity of the Vintage Noval. This is a sublime Nacional, yet there is something that seems to cap its potential. This is a fine Port, but a mild disappointment considering the vintage and class. Drink now-2030. Tasted January 2014.”



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