12 December 2016 News

In his “best of 2016” round-up, The Wine Advocate’s Mark Squires selected Quinta do Noval Nacional 2001 as the “Best Fortified Wine of the Year.” See his tasting note below! Click here to see the full list of his rankings.

“The 2001 Vintage Port Nacional is a typical blend, mostly Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz. Aged for 20 months in old barrels in Douro, it comes in with 19.3% alcohol and 76.8 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a late release, declared in 2003 but just now about to hit the market. Christian Seely said: “[T]he 2001 was extremely backward and quite closed up, dense and very tannic. Since we had just declared and released the 2000 Nacional, we decided to lay down the 250 cases of Nacional 2001 …” The late release has certainly tamed this. It still feels very firm and has a real backbone, but it is not overly drying and it is a lot more approachable than newly-released Nacionals can be. By day three, though, it was showing a bit more pure power and complexity–and it seemed far better.

Its best feature is easily its crisp and fresh feel. The fruit is wonderfully lifted. If you’re looking for rich, sexy and lush–this won’t be that. It won’t hit you over the head. However, you’ll never become bored with this perfectly balanced, understated and very refined Porto. You can sit with this all night long. The long finish, on first taste, was laced with a hint of eucalyptus, but over the hours and days to come, it leaned more to baked plum, herbs and chocolate mint. It also filled the mouth and seemed rather weighty, relative to this elegant vintage in Douro. Its graceful demeanor, structure and complexity had this singing increasingly harmonious songs after several days.

This will improve notably in the cellar. If you must, you can approach it now with some decanting. (It has already thrown a heavy sediment, too, so decanting is not optional.) The fruit has opened to the point where it is often expressive, but that will only improve. For someone (like me) who typically prefers Vintage Ports at around 30 to 35 years old, this is only drinking reasonably well. It is not all that close to peak. If you appreciate real complexity, keep it in the cellar for another ten years, at the least. I am not convinced that this is a truly great Nacional, but that is a very high bar. It is still pretty close to brilliant.”

18 November 2016 News

Wine & Spirits Magazine came out with a piece on LBV 2011 Port in its December issue. Quinta do Noval’s Antonio Agrellos referenced. See below for an excerpt, and here to download the article.

“LBV is all those things, but it’s rarely as balanced and delicious as it is in 2011.

As a fan of Vintage Port-that rare three percent of Douro’s vast production designed for today’s lucky one percent who can afford to drink it at 40 or 50 years of age-I have long been dismissive of Late Bottled Vintage. The bits that are left behind after selecting a vintage lot are often a plain or clowdy sibling, its tannins tamed through aging in oak vats for· four years, while the chic and sophisticated Vintage was bottled two years earlier, built to age for decades.”

31 October 2016 News

The December issue of Wine Enthusiast just landed on our desks. In it is a gorgeous photo spread highlighting five of their Top 100 Cellar Selections, including Quinta do Noval’s Vintage 2013 Port! Below is the text of the review.

“Noval has often in the past released a Vintage Port in years when other producers hold back. And, as in the past, the release is justified. For this is an impressive, dense and seriously age-worthy Port. While it has plenty of perfumed jammy red fruits and balanced acidity, it is the dark tannic character that will sustain this wine for decades. It could be drunk now for its fruit, although that would be a shame. Better to wait until 2030 and longer.” 95 Points Wine Enthusiast



27 June 2016 News

Quinta do Noval held its first Great Douro Vineyard Run last week. The half marathon, organized in conjunction with the Taylor Fladgate group and the Symington group, featured a strenuous route through 7 of the region’s most famous Quintas: Quinta do Junco, Quinta da Cavadinha, Quinta da Terra Feita, Quinta do Cruzeiro, Quinta do Noval, Quinta do Bomfim, and Quinta da Roêda. Christian Seely wrote a fantastic first-hand account of the event on his blog. Below is an excerpt; click here to read the full post!

“Each of the quintas had the usual expected water stations, with orange slices and bananas, but also small shots of Port wines of various styles from each of the houses. It would have been impolite not to have tried them all, so we did that. I have never read any self help guides on how to become a better runner that mention the beneficial effect of Port wine on long hill runs in the hot sun. But this is perhaps because I have never read any self help books on how to become a better runner. If they do not mention it, I cannot help feeling they are missing something.”

19 April 2016 News

Levi Dalton’s interview with Christian was just made live on I’ll Drink to – you can check it out here! There are some invaluable insights into Christian’s early involvement with the Quinta, his work in turning it around, the replanting of the Noval vineyard in the 90s, how the various Port varieties differ from one another, foot stomping in granite lagares, and the mystery of the Nacional parcel.



15 April 2016 News

F Correia, a regular contributor to the Web site, “For the Love of Port,” founded by Port expert Roy Hersch, has written an exceptionally informative piece on the life and work of Antonio Agrellos, the winemaker at Quinta do Noval. Click here to read it!

14 March 2016 News

Every year Wine and Spirits Magazine polls the most popular restaurants in the United States to do an analysis of sales and trends.  Chateau Margaux, Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Quinta do Noval and E. Guigal’s Crozes Hermitage and Chateauneuf-du-Pape have all been listed among the most popular wine brands in their categories across this group of leading restaurants.  This is an important poll to which the restaurant community and trade at large pay attention. Click here to see the rankings in their April issue!

1 February 2016 News

Kim Marcus, managing editor of Wine Spectator, wrote a blog post about last week’s Quinta do Noval’s 300th anniversary tasting in New York, calling the 2011 Vintage Port Nacional “truly monumental.” Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the rest of his comments!

“This is perhaps the world’s most storied Port. It comes a small parcel in the 640-acre estate; its 5 acres are planted to a mix of the native Portuguese grapes Touriga Nacional, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cão, among others. It has a track record for quality and long life that usually sets the standard in the Douro.”

29 January 2016 News

We held a fantastic tasting with Christian Seely this week to celebrate Quinta do Noval’s 300th Anniversary . Click here to read Dr. Vino’s recap of the event! 

1 October 2015 News

Congratulations to our 7 Top 100 Wineries of 2015, E. Guigal, Le Macchiole, Errazuriz, Domaine des Baumard, Lucien Le Moine, Champagne Bollinger, and Quinta do Noval!

The issue has just been released. Click here to read their profiles!