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5 December 2014 News

Snooth, a social network and online community for wine enthusiasts, seeks to change up the typical reds featured on dinner tables around the holiday season.  One of the website’s suggestions is to show guests and fellow diners something different and offer Cedro Do Noval DOC 2009.  The Portuguese wine comes from the Douro region of the Iberian country and is produced by famed Port house Quinta do Noval.  Writer Lana Bortolot details that the wine, “shows dark plum and cherry, with crumbly slate…and spice.  Don’t be fooled by the deepness of this wine – underneath, it posses surprising delicacy laced with violet.”

 
26 November 2014 News

Quinta do Noval’s Vintage 2012 Port Received 93 Points from Decanter Magazine (December 2014 Issue). See below for the review!

 
26 November 2014 News

2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port is mentioned in Vinography’s round-up of top Portuguese wines. See below for an excerpt:

“This is arguably the most famous and most expensive Port made in Portugal. Made only a few years in each decade, this wine comes not 100% Touriga Nacional, but from a single small plot in the heart of this producer’s vineyard holdings that carries the name Nacional. This vineyard within a vineyard consists of 120+ year-old vines of several grape varieties (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Sousão). The parcel is harvested as a unit each year, and then if it meets the standard of “great” set by the Quinta do Noval cellar master, it will be bottled as a vintage Nacional, otherwise, the wine becomes a component of the top wines of the vintage. 2011 was widely regarded as the best Port vintage in decades, and tasting this wine, which arguably represents the apogee of vintage port, it’s hard not to see why. It has a power and a vibrancy that take the breath away.”

Click here to read the full article.

 
25 November 2014 News

Quinta do Noval’s legendary Nacional 1931 is featured on the back page of the December issue of Decanter magazine. Below is an excerpt; click here to see the full article.

“Nacional 1931 has entered the history books as the most prized of all vintage Ports. Its supreme quality defies the notion that the oldest vines give the greatest wines, as in 1931 the vines were a mere five or six years old.”

 

 

 
31 October 2014 News

Dorothy J. Gaiter interviews Cristian Seely in an article for Grape Collective. See below for an intro and a link to the live video interview:

“I’m often asked how to get into the wine business and I always reply, “I don’t know. I’m in the journalism business.” I met Christian Seely recently and he well could have entered this world, metaphorically speaking, with a silver tastevin hanging around his neck.

Seely is the managing director of AXA Millésimes, the wine division of the French company AXA, which is one of the largest insurance companies in the world. That means he’s in charge of several impressive vineyards: the legendary Disznókő in Tokaj (Hungary), Châteaux Pichon Baron and Pibran in Pauillac, Château Suduiraut in Sauternes, Domaine de l’Arlot in Burgundy, Château Petit-Village in Pomerol, Mas Belles Eaux in the Languedoc, and Quinta Do Noval in the Douro valley in northern Portugal.” Click here to watch the video!

 
29 October 2014 News

An article in Shanken News Daily commented on the double-digit growth of Portuguese wines in the U.S. market. According to the article, last year, bottled table wine shipments from Portugal crossed the 1-million-case mark on 7% growth. The pace quickened through the first half of 2014, with trade group Wines of Portugal reporting an overall 21% jump in exports to the U.S. to about 725,000 cases. See below a quote from Christian Seely of Quinta do Noval:

“Much of the excitement around Portuguese table wine is emanating from the Douro region, renowned as the seat of the country’s Port business. “I’d distinguish the Douro from the rest of Portugal because I think it has the highest quality potential,” says Christian Seely, managing director of wine and Port house Quinta do Noval. “The Douro, which has been known for vintage Port, is now reinventing itself as a red wine producer as well. My vision is to establish it as one of the great Old World producers for dry red wines.”

“Quinta do Noval produces about 200,000 bottles of dry red wine annually, along with about 700,000 bottles of Port. Its largest export markets are the U.S., Canada and Brazil. On the table wine side, its labels include the Quinta do Noval brand ($90 a bottle at retail) and Cedro do Noval ($20), which features classic Douro varieties blended with Syrah. “We’ll introduce our first white wine next year, Cedro White,” Seely notes. “I think we’ll see more whites from the Douro in the years to come.”

 
2nd October 2014 News

An article in the Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, “When Opposites Attract” by Sheri de Borchgrave, focuses exclusively on Quinta do Noval and Disznoko. Borchgrave says “pairing stinky cheese with sweet wines is a treat for the senses”. She gives several different cheese options that pair nicely with a rage of Noval and Disznoko wines. For example, Colston Bassett Stilton (a “Royal Blue” cheese) is pair with Noval’s 10 Year Old Tawny or with Disznoko’s 5 Puttonyos 2007. Click here to see more pairings.

 

 
1 October 2014 Feature, News

Four VINTUS wineries –  Quinta do Noval, Le Macchiole, E. Guigal and Errazuriz – are among the 100 Wineries of the Year profiled in Wine & Spirits Magazine’s 2014 Winter issue! Quinta do Noval’s Nacional 2011 is prominently featured on the cover. Click on the producer name  to download each profile.

Quinta do Noval – Winery of the Year 2014

Le Macchiole – Winery of the Year 2014

E. Guigal – Winery of the Year

Errazuriz – Winery of the Year 2014

 
26 September 2014 News

British wine blogger Jamie Goode posted about some great older bottlings he drank recently, including Noval’s 1937 Colheita. See below for his review:

Quinta do Noval Colheita 1937 Douro, Portugal
Powerful, concentrated and intense, this is lively and spicy with astonishing richness of flavour. Bold acidity and lively spicy notes couple with notes of treacle, raisin, old casks and dried herbs, with an eternal finish. It has some of the complex characters that you might find in an old whisky, and it is utterly delicious. 97/100

Click here to read the full post.

 

 
14 July 2014 News

A recent blog post on Harpers.co.uk hones in on the 3 main table wines being produced at Quinta do Noval: Cedro do Noval, Touriga Nacional and Noval Tinto. Below is an introduction to the piece. Click here to link to the full blog post!

“Christian Seely’s contention that the Quinta do Noval vineyards are producing outstanding dry red table wines was vindicated at a mid-summer vertical tasting in London. The flamboyant, bow-tie- wearing managing director of the leading port house has always believed that unfortified wines from the Douro had the potential to express Noval’s terroir. A look at the estate’s three dry reds – Quinta do Noval Douro DOC,  Cedro do Noval and Quinta do Noval Touriga Nacional – between the period 2004-11 supported that view.”