Complex aromas of dry fruits and nuts. Rich and smooth on the palate it has structure and a long finish.
Wine Spectator 91 points - An elegant and refined tawny, with loads of spicy notes to the plum tart, sandalwood and baked cherry flavors. Vanilla and spice accents fill the finish, featuring fresh details of citrus peel and ground nutmeg. Drink now.-K.M. (Nov 26 2014)
Wine Spectator 91 points - Concentrated flavors of dried pear, apricot, cherry and spice combine into this seamless package. The finish features toffee and orange zest notes, with hints of smoke. Drink now. 750 cases imported. –KM
(Jun 30 2011)
One of the oldest port houses, Quinta do Noval is also arguably the greatest. It is unique among the top houses in that most of the ports are made from estate-grown fruit and, notably, all of the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard. As Robert Parker writes in his 2005 book, The World's Greatest Wine Estates:
"Quinta do Noval is unusual among the great traditional Port houses in that it emphasizes the importance of the vineyard. The aim is to produce classic Vintage Ports that are harmonious and elegant expressions of Quinta do Noval's terroir. Strict selection in the vineyard, low yields, and strict selection again in the tasting room result in a small production.”
|An intense amber color, with complexity, concentration, and depth of flavor. Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesca and Tinta Barroca
predominate among the traditional grape varieties. 50% the grapes come from the estate and 50% from preferred suppliers
and aged in oak.