Quinta do Noval - Quinta do Noval Tinto, Douro DOC
Quinta do Noval Tinto, Douro DOC
Since the day he arrived in the Douro, Christian Seely, director of Quinta do Noval, knew that the Douro valley is one of the great vineyard terroirs of the world, and had incredible potential for unfortified wines. “We are just at the beginning,” says Seely. “I told my staff when I first started here that we have to aspire to Châteaus Latour, Mouton, Margaux.”
Quinta do Noval Tinto is a lusciously big wine that will however greatly benefit with aging (and aeration). It is pumped over in stainless steel vats, and aged in 100% French oak.
“Very suave. Peppery at first, then fills the mouth with ripe, rich red plum, cherry and raspberry flavors, with seductive dark chocolate and hints of truffle. Has plenty of licorice notes, with silky tannins that carry the flavors through the long finish. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão and Touriga Franca. Drink now through 2014.” 93 Points Wine Spectator
“The 2004 Tinto is a blend of Touriga Nacional (70%), Tinto Cao (20%), and Touriga Franca (10%) raised exclusively in French oak. This has grip, concentration and a level of intensity that the Cedro does not. It coats the palate more. It shows a fair bit of oak at the moment, most of which should integrate nicely with age. Its mid-palate is still fairly elegant in weight, and it presents a relatively smooth, velvety feel, until the structural components rear their heads. The Touriga Nacional flavors asserts themselves with air, too.” 93 Points Wine Advocate