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14 July 2014 News

Quinta do Noval has just officially declared its 2012 Vintage Port! Click here to read the article in Wine Searcher and here for the official press release.

 

 
2nd May 2014 News

The Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin just published an incredible article exploring Quinta do Noval’s two Vintage Ports, Quinta do Noval and Quinta do Noval Nacional. Martin’s in depth examination looks at the history behind these ports, and compares the 1994 through 2011 vintages.  An excerpt: “There is no question that there is something magical about Quinta do Noval’s Naçional, surely one of the greatest Vintage Ports of the Douro. I once wrote that Petrus is a ‘maverick genius’ that is to say, a wine that can be spellbinding in a given year, but not every year. You could apply the same to Naçional, a gifted but mercurial vineyard that in one vintage declaration is not deemed worthy of release, for example 2007, then in another offers Port-lovers a wonder to behold, step forward 2011.” Click here to read the full article.

 
21 April 2014 News

Wine & Spirits’ Joshua Greene released his top 50 great Portuguese wines list. After three weeks of blind tasting a wide range of wines, he put together his top choices. On the list was Quinta do Noval’s 2008 Douro Tinto. Check out the whole list below.

 
16 April 2014 News

Wine-searcher.com published an article featuring Quinta do Noval and what’s thought to be the home to “one of the greatest wines of all time”, the 1963 Nacional Vintage Port.  Richard Hemming writes in details on how Noval is continuously working to achieve that same great reputation. You cal read the full article by clicking here.

 
18 March 2014 News

In the April issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine the 25th Annual Restaurant Poll featured the most popular wines by variety & country in the top restaurants. Of the most popular French wines was Domaine des Baumard’s Savennières ranked as number 9! The most popular Port & Dessert bottlings featured Quints do Noval’s BLACK ranked as number 15! Click the image below to see both categories’ full list.

 
6 January 2014 News

British journalist Jamie Goode has a new post on Cedro do Noval on his wine blog, Wineanorak.com, entitled “The cedar is the essence of the Douro.” Below is an excerpt; click here for the full post.

“I’ve enjoyed drinking this wine over the last two evenings. It’s the ‘second’ wine of Douro star property Quinta do Noval, and I think it’s a really good wine in its own right, offering the essence of Douro table wine in a relatively affordable bottle.

It’s named after the famous cedar tree at Noval, under which I had a memorable tasting back in 2009, with far more wines and ports opened than were strictly necessary.”

Cedro do Noval 2009 Douro, Portugal
Sweet black cherry and plum fruit. Supple with some fruit sweetness but also some savoury mineral notes, too. Black cherries, spice and nice definition and structure. A really stylish, midweight, balanced Douro red that would be a great place to start if you want to known what the Douro tastes like, in terms of table wines rather than ports. 91/100

 

 
12 December 2013 News

A piece on port cocktails appeared in the Wall Street Journal Style Magazine this past Sunday, along with a set of 3 selections by Dustin Wilson, Master Sommelier, of the best ports to buy now – Nacional 2003 is included (naturally).  Below is an excerpt – click here to read the full article!

INVESTMENT BOTTLES Dustin Wilson, wine director of New York’s three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, selects the best Ports to buy now.

Niepoort ‘Colheita’ Tawny “I like this because it gives the drinker a glimpse into the character of a particular year’s harvest while still giving all of the beautiful caramel, toffee, coffee and nutty aromas of a great tawny. Niepoort makes one of the best.”

Quinta do Noval ‘Vintage Nacional’ “This is certainly one of the greatest vintage Ports out there. It is made only a couple of times each decade and comes from a small plot of ungrafted vines on the Quinta do Noval property. This is one of the most age-worthy Ports produced.”

Taylor Fladgate ‘Late Bottled Vintage’ “What you get here is a wine of extremely high quality, from a single year, that’s still approachable. It’s dark in color and has rich black currant and plum flavors layered with mocha, hazelnut and fig. Impactful, but silky at the same time.”

Photos: Illustration by Silja Götz; Courtesy of Vendors (Ports)

 
18 November 2013 News

Quinta do Noval’s Nacional 2011 is featured on the cover of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s December 2013 issue! The wine received a perfect rating of 100 points – click here to read the review. The issue also includes a feature on the 2011 Port harvest, with stories from António Agrellos, the winemaker at Quinta do Noval. Here is an excerpt: “The Nacional vineyard usually ripens at the end of September or beginning of October, so Agrellos spent the next weeks hoping for good weather. “If it rains before picking, Nacional is destroyed,” he continued. “In 2011, we had sunshine and hot temperatures. Nacional was singing because there had been no problems.” Click here to see the rest of the article.

 
18 November 2013 News

In the latest Wine Spectator Insider the Quinta do Noval 2011 Nacional was the Hot Wines #1 Port and scored 98 points! Click the image below to check it out.

 
15 November 2013 News

Decanter Magazine’s December 2013 issue featured Quinta do Noval with a four page Producer Profile spread. With an in depth history of the estate and a full timeline, author Chris Orr takes a look at Noval’s achievments and what is yet to come. Click the image below to read the full profile.