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Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews






Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews






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2021

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews




96 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck 


The 2021s come from a mild, even year that allowed plenty of hangtime and solid ripeness. The wines certainly don't lack for power or density, even if they might not have the same overall concentrated level as the 2020. The 2021 Vintage Port clearly shows the even style of the vintage and offers a concentrated yet fresher, elegant style to go with classic young Port aromatics of cassis and jammy black and blue fruits that give way to more candied violet, flowers, licorice, and cedary herb nuances. This beauty takes lots of air to shed its primary fruit, but its not far off the style of the 2019 and is full-bodied, beautifully balanced, has a terrific sense of freshness, and more than adequate structure to allow it to evolve for 40+ years in cold cellars. 

 


95 Pointz James Suckling


“Intense aromas of black fruit with blueberries, lead pencil, and graphite. Wet earth as well. Full-bodied and layered with fine tannins and a juicy and savory finish. There is such polish and beauty to this. Reminds me of the 1967. Best after 2030.”

Wet earth as well. "  




95 Pointz Wine Spectator


Richly layered and nicely rendered, this offers a mouthwatering ganache note that coats the core of blackberry and plum compote flavors while still keeping a sense of underlying energy. There is a prominent backdrop of warm earth. licorice root and roasted alder notes as well, giving this a fairly dry cut through the very structured finish. Impressive for the vintage. Touriga National, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cao and Tinto Roriz. Best from 2040-2060."



2020

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.”




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”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



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.”




2018

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Top 100 Wines of 2021

Collectible


“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.”




2017

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is well-packed, offering the vivid plum, boysenberry, cassis, and açaí berry fruit profile of the vintage, along with a dark edge of tar, baker’s chocolate, and salted licorice that courses underneath. The long finish lets the fruit play out, keeping singed alder and chai spice hints in the background. Smolderingly seductive.”



97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The straight 2017 Vintage Port is stunning stuff. It packs serious power and richness while staying beautifully polished and, dare I say, elegant. Notes of crème de cassis and liquid blackberries define the attack, but it offers an incredibly layered, nuanced, complex style in its notes of herbes de Provence, violets, spicy wood, licorice, and Asian spice aromas and flavors. While it’s no doubt a full-bodied Port, it stands out just as much for its incredible polish, balance, and purity. This a brilliant effort is more approachable than the Nacional bottling yet is nevertheless going to evolve for 50-60 years or more on its flawless balance.”



97 Pointz James Suckling


“Big grip in this wine with dark blackberries, blueberries, and floral notes. Fine tannins. Ripe but sweet and pretty. Shows a lovely finish. Try after 2027.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, and Sousão, aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This was bottled in May 2019, about a month before tasting, but I made sure at least some of it had a lot of air. Aromatic, wonderfully fragrant, and laced with eucalyptus, this then shows typical Noval focus and power. A couple of hours in a glass simply increased the power. More intense than the very fine 2016, it grips the palate and shows rather significant astringency. As wonderfully aromatic as this is, there the 2016 might have the edge. Too closed and muscular once past the aromatics, this rather dry Port needs some time. It is harder to read than the 2016 was, but this should overtake it in time. Have some patience with this one.”



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port was picked from August 21 to September 28 under perfect conditions. It has a tightly wound bouquet that requires a lot of aeration. Eventually, it reveals fabulous, detailed aromas of cassis, bilberry jam, crushed stone, and pressed violets, later hints of orange blossom and quince. The palate is pure class. Saturated tannins, wonderful structure but the headline is the intensity of fruit. I cannot remember a Noval with this penetration, almost overwhelming the senses as layers of effervescent black plum and cassis fruit segue into a spicy finish that fans out like there is no tomorrow. Is this the best Quinta do Noval ever?”



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is a solid wine with dark tannins and a definitely dry character that will allow it to age well. Its power and its density are impressive, with rich black currant flavors backing up the tannins. Drink from 2030.”



93 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Vintage Jet black, this shows the arid vintage in its desert-rose scents and in the umami savor of tiny dried black currants. There’s black-cherry density inside the concentrated tannins, which need a decade to begin to relax.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



96 Pointz Decanter


“Noval spills over into two valleys from Pinhão to Roncão which contribute two very different terroirs to the blend, though both predominantly south-facing. It displays heady Douro aromas of open, ripe, plummy fruit with a touch of dust and eucalypt, wild and aromatic. The palate is dense, smooth,, and seductive on the palate with firm, schistous tannins rising on to a fresh, linear finish. Beautifully defined and integrated. Just 3,500 cases declared. Drinking Window 2035 - 2060.”



17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Black core with narrow purple rim. Beautifully scented with bergamot, very ripe black fruit, and wild herbs. A savoury character, almost an umami note, adding complexity to the rich, spicy black fruit. Firm, dense, compact, and all furled up on itself, with depth and richness but no excess weight. The impressive integration of the flavours means it is hard to describe the components separately. Fills the mouth and finishes long and chewy, with just enough freshness to balance.”




2016

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



98 Pointz James Suckling


“This is a superb baby Noval that reminds me of the 1966. Chewy yet so polished. The light sweetness suggests an overall dialing back of the sugar content. Stemmy and lightly green. A truly classic Noval. Almost all from Pinhao. Buy. Better in 2025.”



98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is distinctive from the start, with a youthfully rambunctious display of dark currant, fig, and blackberry fruit paste flavors liberally spiked with bramble, Turkish coffee,, and ganache notes. As the fruit pumps through the finish, a tarry spine adds a bristling, mouthwatering edge. Sports more obvious grip and is a touch drier in style than most of its peers. Best from 2035 through 2055.”



97 Pointz  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This was stunning from the first smell, promising concentration, intensity of fruit, and great things to come. It had a 100-point nose that made me go 'wow!' No wine I tasted had a better nose than this. Violets and blue fruits lead off, with a trace of eucalyptus. I tend to think Noval is a producer that always shows mid-palate finesse, but this seems pretty deep too. It is also intense. The tannins won't sear your mouth because the balance is impeccable. To be sure, it might close down, but it is surprisingly approachable now, notwithstanding that intensity. Rest assured that this lively young Porto still has all the materials to make old bones. Needless to say, 'approachable' does not mean 'ready.' You need to toss this in the cellar for a decade, at least. Purists will say to double that or more.”



94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2016 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is a blend of Touriga Naçional, Touriga Franc, Tinta Cão, and Sousão, all foot-trodden and aged in wooden casks for 18 months. It has a voluminous, warm, and inviting bouquet that positively “bulges” with damson, bilberry, crushed violets, and blackcurrants, all beautifully defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a feisty, spicy opening: black fruit laced with cracked black pepper, clove, cardamom, and a pinch of sea salt. Whilst the aromatics have all the “fun”, the palate is more “serious”, as if compensating for the nose with a sense of reserve and restraint. Together they make for a fascinating, quite mercurial Quinta do Noval that should age gloriously over the next 30 years.”



92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Very ripe fruit give this wine a surprisingly soft texture. It has generous tannins to go with this opulent fruitiness. The wine is going to age relatively quickly, so drink from 2026.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



97 Pointz Decanter


“2016 was a year of extremes with a wet winter and spring followed by a hot, dry summer - a year for general declaration. This is deep and opaque, with powerful aromas. It's still raw and dusty, closing in on itself, and the ripe, spicy fruit is backed by firm tannins with bitter-sweet intensity. A powerful, structured finish with a tannic flourish.”



18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Very dark crimson. Rich and spicy on the nose. Juicy and succulent. A hint of something almost overripe. Heady and very definitely not uptight. Sort of sprawls all over the palate in a devil-may-care fashion. Lots of fun, though the tannins are by no means insistent. Oddly readable, but lots of fun.”




2015

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.”





2014

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews





96 Pointz James Suckling


“This is a really fantastic young vintage Port showing terrific clarity and power. Full body and a tight center palate of blueberry and plum character. So long and persistent in the mouth. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2023 and beyond. Not a generally declared year for Port, but this is a stunner.”



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


“This beautifully perfumed wine has all the tannins that will allow it to age over many decades. It also offers the rich blackberry, dark plum, and great structure that will support that aging. As so often, Noval has released a vintage when other major producers have held back. But this powerful wine fully justifies the decision. Drink from 2025 for the fruit, 2030 for the complexity.”

 


91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2014 Vintage Port is a typical Duoro field blend (bottled September. 2016) with 101 grams per liter of residual sugar and 19.5% alcohol. This is filled with charm. I will say that it showed better in Porto as a barrel sample over the summer than it does now- -it has closed up a bit after bottling. I’m going with my initial impression because it should come back. Wonderfully aromatic and laced with herbs and spices, it is easy to see why it will be attractive. Its limitations are easy to see, too. It is probably a bit too compact for greatness, not really showing a lot of depth- -even at age 15, the 2001 Nacional reviews last issue surpassed it wasily- - and the structure is just average compared to old school examples from Noval. This still has many moments, though. If it is bit light, it is fresh and lively, with just enough structure to carry on. It will certainly develop more complexity with age. At the moment, it is shockingly approachable, except for lacking truly expressive fruit. That should come in time- - it was tastier in Porto. About an hour in the glass, after use of an aerator, brought it around pretty well.” 

  


91 Pointz Wine Spectator



“A solid, textbook version, this has flesh and weight, with vivid blueberry, plum, and blackberry compote flavors carried by lightly brambly grip through the licorice-fueled finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


93 Pointz Decanter


“A rare declaration of a small volume due to director Christian Seely finding sufficient harmony, finesse, and elegance to match the rich and wild Douro flavours. This is surprisingly seductive now, but has tannins for the long haul. Drinking Window 2017 - 2044.”




2013

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

Reviews



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2013 Vintage Port is part of our mini-vertical this issue. Still tight, intense, and showing plenty ro go with it’s finesse, this evolves beautifully with air. The firmness on the finish here is impressive, giving this chance to develop beautifully. It is not as expressive as the 2012-it is bit more backward-but it is a more serious wine in many ways. I’m still a believer in this, although it certainly seems a step behind the biggest winners in the mini-vertical. This has some questions to answer in the cellar, but I think they will be answered to the satisfaction of most.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Noval has often in the past released a Vintage Port in years when other producers hold back. And, as in the past, the release is justified. For this is an impressive, dense, and seriously age-worthy Port. While it has plenty of perfumed jammy red fruits and balanced acidity, it is the dark tannic character that will sustain this wine for decades. It could be drunk now for its fruit, although that would be a shame. Better to wait until 2030 and longer.” 



95 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Powerful and rich, with deep flavors of crushed red plum, dark cherry, and dried raspberry, featuring a shading of graphite and smoke. Presents luscious spicy details on the finish. Drink now through 2045. 250 cases imported.”




2012

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

Reviews



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast



“The dark, almost black color, and the wonderful violet aromas set the scene for this complex, dense, and textured wine. It has a touch of spice, along with the rich plum and dark berry fruits. While it is rich, it is also a dry style of Vintage, bringing out structure as much as opulence. Drink from 2030.”


94 Pointz James Suckling


“Aromas of cloves, black pepper, tar, blackberries, licorice and slate. Full body with chewy, velvety tannins. Rich, powerful, layered, and beautiful.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Since this was last seen, it has come along beautifully. It is actually richer, lusher, and more seductive than the 2011, which focuses on power, while still showing admirable mid-palate finesse. That said, it really isn't as concentrated, and it certainly is not as well-structured. It is still an unusually sexy Noval with a hedonistic overlay. It is pretty approachable. You may not conclude it is the best of the group, but everyone's going to adore it.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A grippy style, with lots of tobacco and charcoal notes coursing along the edges of the core of plum, black currant, and fig paste flavors. Slightly chunky in feel, but the power and depth is there, revealing a swath of warm ganache on the finish.”



91 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Christian Seely at Noval was impressed enough by the quality of some blocks in 2012 that he determined to declare the vintage after 2011, albeit in small quantities. This is a massive wine, smelling of schist and tasting of smashed berries and bittersweet chocolate. The waxy texture carries a lot of fruit richness. A juicy and powerful young Porto, this is a wine to check in on at ten years; it may well be going strong at 20.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


93 Pointz Decanter


“A somewhat idiosyncratic declaration in a year bypassed by most shippers; just 1,000 cases produced. Fabulous aromas of liquorice, dense yet fragrant and floral in its first bloom of youth. Pure, peppery berry fruit is backed by fine-grained tannins – well defined and beautifully focused.”



17/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,


Master of Wine


“Not that sweet. A sturdy, rather 'masculine' port with masses of substance. Impressively grown-up for the price. Dry finish. The wine tastes as though it would reward decanting. Rather claret-like – a Portuguese relative of its stablemate Ch Pichon Baron of Pauillac? Christian Seely of owners AXA Millésimes recommends decanting this a few hours before serving, and drinking it up within four days, although it will last a bit longer in a decanter than a vintage port.”



2011

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

Reviews



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2011 Vintage Port is a blend of 60& Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Francesa, and 10% Tinto Cão, all aged for 18 months in wood. It comes in at 101.2 grams per liter of residual sugar. It opens with understatement, but that doesn't last long. Showing pure power on the finish, this otherwise elegant Noval (especially refined in the mid-palate) shows itself to be in fine form as it airs out. Pointed, graceful, and a bit drying, this is built for the long haul. It's a Port you need to cellar. It will one day gain complexity, open more fully, and become more interesting. That day is not today, although if you air it out long enough, the fine fruit and flavor eventually come through. By the end of the week, this was actually possible to drink, although even then, as it sat in the glass, it became tighter and slightly astringent--showing off its power and intensity. Its firmness and underlying concentration are beautifully matched by the fruit, though. The balance is impeccable. If you have some old school patience, snap this up by the case. It may be accessible younger than I suggest, but this is a Port that should be put away for a couple of decades, or more, for best results.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Vibrant, with luscious yet elegant mineral-infused flavors of dark currant, ripe cherry, green fig, and raspberry. Shows ample pepper notes, with the tannins offering plenty of muscle and grip on the long, silky finish. Complex and restrained. Best from 2022 through 2047.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“Deep, saturated ruby. Tight, high-pitched aromas of black fruits, minerals, spices, printer's ink and licorice, complicated by nutty and earthy nuances. Juicy, savory, and youthfully imploded; not hugely opulent or sweet but a wine of great density and class, showing a pliant texture and no rough edges. This seemed even more intense after I swallowed it, showing a palate-drenching quality with no weightiness. Doesn't have quite the dimension or floral complexity of the Nacional but a wine of great finesse, and built for decades of life.”



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“A powerful, concentrated wine, full of dark tannins, ripe fruit, and rich texture. This is a wine based on a solid structure—very firm in character while still allowing the gorgeous fruits to express themselves. It’s obviously destined for long-term aging.”



93 Pointz James Suckling


“Blueberry and wet earth aromas. Full body, medium sweet, and a long finish. Balanced and refined. 2,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2022.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



18+/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Just 2,200 (12-bottle) cases of the potential for 6,000 to maintain quality. Very dark purplish crimson. Notes of dried undergrowth and heat. Very high-toned, marked acidity and lift. Not especially sweet but very sinewy and ethereal.”



2007

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Noval's replanting in the 1990s included a high proportion of touriga nacional, which shows in this wine as a dynamic and resonant blueberry blue. There's also boysenberry, pomegranate, bosky cherry and schist. It's ornate and vibrant-the potent fruit suspended by the tannin, then exploding into luscious chocolate blackness; the finish is notably refreshing. With several days of air, this wine's massive extract takes on a slightly bitter edge, suggesting it may not be the longest-lived of the great 2007s. Nevertheless, it is one of the keepers likely to reach its peak in the 30-year range and to coast for years beyond that.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2007 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is a star of the vintage. Dense purple-colored, it gives up an already complex aromatic array of lavender, Asian spices, incense, and an amalgam of black fruits with a hint of chocolate in the background. Plush and mouth-filling, this large-scaled Port manages an uncanny blending of elegance and power. Long and savory in the finish, it will continue to blossom for another 20+ years and drink well through its 50th birthday if not longer.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A huge wine, with very prominent plum cake, fig paste, and blackberry compote flavors taking the lead. Shows loads of grip, featuring hints of tobacco, ganache, and chestnut that have started to peek out through the finish. A fleshy, powerful wine that is just starting to show what it has. Leave this be for a while.”



92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Ripe and juicy, a wine that wears its heart on its sleeve. It is perfumed, with the 2007 freshness and a fine layer of nutmeg coming through the blackberry juice flavor. For medium-term aging.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Particularly bright dark crimson. Dry herbs and undergrowth – almost that wild-garlic smell. Then massive freshness and sweetness on the palate that doesn’t exactly match but promises well for the future. Massive tannins and a dry finish. Extremely vigorous. Lots of fun, sappy flavour, and energy.”



2004

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2004 Vintage Noval has a truly fabulous, intoxicating, sensual bouquet with pure ripe macerated black cherries, baked earth, boysenberry jam, violets, and minerals. This might represent the finest Noval Vintage under Christian’s tenure thus far. The palate has firm tannins that underpin this more masculine Port. It is well-structured and focused, with a wonderful build toward the finish that has fig, peach skin, tobacco, and cloves gliding across the mouth. For sure, seek out the Nacional if you wish, but frankly speaking I would be just as satisfied with the Noval. Drink 2018-2050.”



93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“With its inky dark color, this is darkly dense, a huge mouthful of black fruits and dark, initially medicinal flavors and firm, concentrated tannins. It will age 20 years at least, but its sweet, ripe fruit suggests it could be drunk much earlier than that.”



92 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Has lots of grapey, stemmy, rich aromas. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, and chewy, with plenty of grip. Layered and rich. Serious and structured. All there for the vintage. Best after 2017.”



90 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This blend is extreme in its structural tension, a vast amount of blackberry and datelike fruit pulled in the direction of searingly dry, mineral tannin. The alcohol increases that impression of austerity. Bottle age should relieve some of the tension; for best enjoyment beyond 15 years from the vintage.”




2003

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



95 Pointz Wine Advocate


“The Quinta do Noval Vintage 2003 has a gorgeous raisin, fig, and clove-scented bouquet with more freshness than the whole of Pomerol combined. As Christian Seely quipped, 'the vines are accustomed to the heat'. It unfolds in the glass, gaining vigor, if not complexity, with touches of leather, California raisin, and dried flower emerging. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins, dishing out lovely ripe and intense blackberry, leather, sage, tobacco, and white- pepper notes. In this vintage, the Noval Vintage does not possess the breeding or the bravura of the Nacional, and yet it remains a very impressive Port – a success for the vintage.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Intense, with cherry paste, fruitcake, singed spiced and apple wood flavors giving this a warm feel. Shows ample grip and lovely energy throughout, keeping this from being heady. Explosive fig and licorice snap notes on the finish kick this into second gear. A fun drink now, but this has fuel to burn.”



94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Full medium ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cassis, black cherry, and mocha. Sweet and fine-grained, combining a powerful structure with surprisingly harmonious, chewy black fruit flavors. Much thicker and denser than the basic 2003 vintage port served alongside it, and a level beyond that wine in fruit intensity. Finishes very long and suave, with tongue-coating tannins that will require at least another decade of cellaring. This wine showed considerably more flesh than the vintage bottling, which was totally shut down, and yet it largely avoids the roasted character of this very hot vintage.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



96 Pointz Decanter


“A very wet winter was followed by an extraordinarily hot summer, leading to a general declaration. This is still very deep and youthful in colour, wonderfully extrovert and opulent on the nose, showing mint and classic floral aromas. It's sweet, suave, and fleshy on the palate, with voluptuous plum and berry fruit and lovely definition. The flesh masks the tannins, which rise in the mouth leading to a rich and powerful finish. Lovely now but better still in five years.”

 18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Sage and prunes on the nose – seriously interesting bouquet already. Massive splurge of fruit on the palate with very fine tannins – tannins so fine that you could actually enjoy this year, provided you didn't have a cellarful of more mature vintage port. Very winning already. Lovely freshness on the finish. Very smart indeed.”




2000

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Reviews



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is flat-out flush with gorgeous fruit pinned to a spine of dark earth. Starts with lush cassis, plum cake, and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors pumping through before a second load of anise, menthol, fruitcake, and bramble kicks in mid-way. Then the tarry, earthy edge asserts itself, harnessing everything on the finish.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2000 Quinta Do Noval Vintage 96 is much stricter on the nose compared to the 1997 with very pure blackberry, boysenberry, and blueberry fruit mixed with cigar box and flinty scents. It does not quite have the presence of the 1997 but it has focus and breeding and, wow, leave it aside for several minutes and it repays you with intoxicating candied orange peel scents. The palate is medium-bodied, rounded, and sensual on the entry with mint, orange peel, fig skin, and white pepper. This is a sensational millennial Noval with the temerity to surpass the Nacional.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“One of the vintage's standouts, the 2000 Quinta do Noval is incredibly rich and intense, with a density that made me think I should reach for a spoon. Chocoate and coffee, prune and date aromas; plum cake flavors. Despite the richness, there is a superb backbone of acidity and ripe tannins that suggests peak maturity is probably two decades or more away.”



94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Saturated black ruby to the rim. Sappy aromas of black cherry, minerals, and roasted nuts. Wonderfully concentrated, very sweet, silky, and suave; like an elixir of dark berries. As it opened in the glass, the superb underlying structure became obvious. Finishes with big, building, extremely fine tannins, and superb length and grip.”

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