2017 Quinta Do Noval Vintage PortBlend from Portugal
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- 98 Wine Spectator
- 97 Neal Martin - Vinous Media
- 97 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 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. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2035 through 2060. 3,500 cases made.
97 Neal Martin - Vinous Media
The last time I tasted the 2017 Vintage Port, I posed the question of whether it was the best ever? Perhaps. Picked from 21 August to 28 September, it is beautifully-defined on the nose with layers of black cherries, allspice, violet and cassis, becoming more floral with time in the glass. Returning after 10 minutes and juxtaposed against the 2016, there is just a little more VA. The palate is well-balanced, very structured with wonderful tension. I love the texture of this Noval, which is slightly granular towards the finish and brims with life. Outstanding. Tasted at the Quinta do Noval tasting at Spring restaurant in London.
97 Mark Squires - 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.
98 - Wine Spectator
97 - Neal Martin - Vinous Media
97 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cao, Sousao/Vinhao, Tinto Roriz|
|Taste||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, perfume, floral, violet, raisin, high acid, chocolate, blackberry, Strawberry, Dark Cherry, Leather and Smoke|
|Nose||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, perfume, floral, violet, raisin, chocolate, blackberry, Strawberry, Dark Cherry, Leather and Smoke|