Displays soft, but pure aromas of raspberry, olive and savory herbs. Elegant flavors of red cherry, plum and smoked meat are touched by hints of vanilla on the long and gentle finish.
Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2009 CEDRO DO NOVAL is 50% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 10% Syrah (just a dollop this year) and 10% Tinta Roriz. It is “Duriense” instead of Douro because of the Syrah. In Noval’s lineup, this is quickly becoming the one to grab, because the quality is high and the price is low. It is becoming a repetitive overachiever. Despite containing only 10% Syrah, it has that trademark Syrah earthiness on the nose. Tightly wound, crisp and earthy, it is beautifully wrought and quite ageworthy. Juicy and remarkably flavorful on the finish, thanks to the acidity, it is a fine achievement at this price level and one of the better values in the vintage. The only problem for Noval is that many will wonder why they should trade up to the winery’s prestige wines at several times the Cedro’s price. On current tastes, I won’t suprised if many think this is the equal of Noval’s pricier wines and at various times in their development I thought so, too, although that is certainly not the final answer. With a few years passage of time, the equation will no doubt change and they may separate more. There isn’t much question about one thing, however-this is a fine value, a big, relatively deep and powerful Cedro that doesn’t disappoint. The alcohol does sometimes pop its head up (only 14% listed, though) and at other times is not at all noticeable. There were 4,000 cases produced. Drink 2013-2022. (Dec 2012)
As one of the oldest port houses, Quinta do Noval is unique 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.
|(50% Touriga Nacional/30% Touriga Franca/10% Tinto Roriz/10% Syrah). The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with pump overs, after which the wine matured in French oak for 18 months. Sourced from specially selected parcels of new and mature estate vines, Cedro was named after the 100 year old cedar tree that sits next to the Quinta.