Quinta do Noval

Late Bottled Vintage Single Vineyard Port 2014

Douro Valley, Portugal

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This wine is a remarkable example of the Noval style. Treated exactly like a Vintage Port with only noble grape varieties that sourced exclusively from estate vineyards, trodden by foot and unfiltered. This expression differs in its extended aging, seeing five years in casks instead of the typical two years for Vintage Ports. Definitely an LBV with a difference, this wine has fine structured tannins, great freshness and purity of fruit. It is delicious to drink today, but will age beautifully in its bottle.

Vineyard

All the grapes come from the Quinta do Noval vineyard, in Pinhão – the heart of the Douro Valley. A blend of these higher quality varieties are planted throughout the vineyard due to the major re-planting project of the early 1990s. At this age, the fruit at the estate is entering the prime of quality.
Farming: These vineyards are farmed sustainably.
Grape Varietes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz.

Winemaking

Grapes were trodden by foot to obtain the must, then during fermentation macerate to obtain the best possible extraction in the “lagares”, the traditional stone vats from the Quinta. The wine matures 5 years in oak casks instead of 2 years for a Classic Vintage. This explains its name, “Late Bottled Vintage”. Longer maturing in casks helps provide a smoother wine and gives it its very approachable style, ready to drink as soon as it is bottled.

Vintage Note

2014 is characterized by heavy rainfall that was well distributed throughout the year. With reasonable temperatures in winter and a fresh month of August, the vines were able to maintain a healthy appearance, with lots of leaves throughout the cycle, which protected the grapes from the peaks of heat during the summer, safeguarding the health of the bunches. At the end of August, the harvest was looking wonderful, with beautiful healthy grapes and an excellent sugar and acidity balance, ideal for making great Port.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacionale

Appellation

Douro Valley, Portugal

Alcohol

19.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$28

Reviews

"Rich black fruits and fully integrated spirit"

Wine Enthusiast -

"By bottling this Port unfiltered, the producer has given it the possibility of aging. So while the wine’s rich black fruits and fully integrated spirit show it is drinkable now, the firm tannins, dark raisin and black fruit flavors give
it a great potential as well." 

"Structure is downright impressive"

Wine Advocate -

"It is nicely aromatic, with a touch of eucalyptus. The structure is downright impressive, and this needed the time in cask. It tightens slowly but inevitably as it airs out. The fruit flattens a bit at the same time, though. This is still a pretty nice achievement in the vintage. Noval doesn’t make traditional LBVs that fall apart—and it will stay on a plateau for a long time." 

Trade Materials

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