2019 Quinta Do Noval Vintage PortBlend from Portugal
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- 97 Decanter
- 96 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
96 Mark Squires - 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. (MS)
97 - Decanter
96 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Touriga Nacional, Tinta Francisca, Tinto Cao, Sousao/Vinhao|
|Features||Organic and Dessert|
|Taste||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, raisin, high acid, chocolate and blackberry|
|Nose||ripe cherry, peppercorn, cinnamon, plum, red fruit, cocoa, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, spice, earth, raisin, chocolate and blackberry|