2016 Quinta Do Noval Vintage PortBlend from Portugal
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- 98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 97 Wine Spectator
- 97 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"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."
97 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. 6,000 cases made. "
97 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão and Sousão, aged for 18 months in old wood. It comes in with 82 grams of residual sugar. This was in bottle for only about seven weeks when seen, but I made sure at least some of it had a lot of air. It looks super, with plenty of room to grow in the cellar. Christian Seely likes to say that this regular Noval and the Nacional are not better than one another, just different. In fact, I usually prefer Nacional, but in this vintage I make a case for equality and endorse that view."
98 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
97 - Wine Spectator
97 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cao, Sousao/Vinhao|
|Taste||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, perfume, floral, violet, raisin, high acid, chocolate and blackberry|
|Nose||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, perfume, floral, violet, raisin, chocolate and blackberry|