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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!

 
27 August 2015 News

James Suckling’s web site features a post on Quinta do Noval’s 2013 Vintage Port declaration. An excerpt is below. Click here for the link and article

“Quinta do Noval, a famed Port producer from Portugal’s Douro Valley, in a rare move has declared the year 2013 a vintage despite small quantities and a wet harvesting season.

In general, there’s no law regulating declaration of Port vintage, but it is declared from time to time mostly when all the other Port houses decide to do so, usually three to four vintages in a decade. The last three fully declared vintages are 2011, 2007 and 2003.”

 

 

 
23 February 2015 News

In a recent blog post, Christian Seely describes an unforgettable tasting of vintage ports at the Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills.  At the tasting there was an extensive range of Vintage Ports from 1963, and then a vertical of Quinta do Noval Nacionals including 1963, 1958, 1962, 1960, and the legendary 1931.

Mr. Seely writes: ” The 1963 Nacional was in another series, and I have to say in another category, as always, astonishingly youthful reserved complex and powerful. And then we tried the other Nacionals, all beautiful and in great condition. The 1960 was particularly lovely, fine delicate and aromatic. And then we finished with the great 1927 from Dow and the astonishing 1931 Quinta do Noval Vintage. I have tasted this wine a few times over the past twenty years, and each time it amazes by its youth, and seems not to grow one whit older.”

The entire piece can be read here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
5 February 2015 News

James Suckling included Quinta do Noval in his article “Ports of Call.”  While relishing vintage ports from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, Mr. Suckling recommended five bottles from the more recent but still excellent vintages of 1994 and 2000.  On the Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 1994, Mr. Suckling writes, “The tiny-production Noval Nacional was a perfect vintage port in 1994, but the normal bottling is also outstanding, showing wonderful sweetness as well as depth of fruit and flavour. 95 points.”

The complete list of Mr. Suckling’s recommendations can be found here.

 
8 January 2015 News

In case you missed it at the end of 2013…it’s so cold out, we need a warm story, and we certainly need a great glass of port.  Christina Seely celebrating 20 years at Quinta do Noval!

Click here for the full story.

 

 

 
22nd December 2014 News

A recent article on Winesearcher, “The Growing Diversity of Premium Port,” discusses the flowering market for port.  Author Sarah Ahmed writes that, “vintage Port’s quality and value is not the only reason why now is the time to buy Port. Port styles have never been so thrillingly diverse.”  Ms. Ahmed later goes on to describe Quinta do Noval’s 2011 Nacional Vintage Port: “almost impenetrable on the nose, it implodes in the mouth, pulling you along with a rip tide of dark glistening fruit, minerals and spice; firm, sinewy tannins anchor the flavors. A keeper.”

The full piece can be found here.

 
19 December 2014 News

The Washington Post selected Quinta do Noval’s Tawny as one of their holiday wine picks in a recent column from December 12, 2014, “5 Celebration-Worthy Holiday Pours.” Below is the excerpt on Noval. Click here for the full article!

“Noval makes several excellent ports, including this straightforward tawny that goes down way too easy. Fine by itself or with chocolate desserts. ABV: 19.5 percent.”

– Dave McIntyre

 
15 December 2014 News

Elin McCoy has some fantastic comments about Quinta do Noval’s dry table wine offerings in a recent article for Bloomberg.com. Here is an excerpt: “the flagship, Quinta do Noval Douro ($90), is a blend of touriga nacional and touriga franca. It’s all silky tannins, spicy-chocolatey flavors and a Bordeaux-like structure and elegance. The bright, violet-scented 100 percent Touriga Nacional ($55) is more luscious and sophisticated than most Douro Tourigas. The one to grab by the case for big holiday parties is the juicy, plummy, plush-textured ready-to-drink 2009 Cedro do Noval ($20), named for the famous cedar tree that stands on the terrace outside the house on the estate. The 2011 arriving next year is even better. Try them now, before everyone else catches on and prices go up.”

The full write-up can be read here.

 
5 December 2014 News

The San Jose Mercury News included Quinta do Noval’s 2009 Cedro do Noval 2009 in an article describing the current environment of Portuguese wine.  The author of the piece states that the wine, “offers ripe berry, a slight dried fruit note and hints of licorice and dark chocolate.”

The article can be downloaded here