Quinta do Noval Vintage Port's are only declared when the wines reach the strict standard of Noval's producer.
Among the various Port wine categories, a Vintage Port represents the best possible quality, a product of excellence. Contrary to what some people might think, it doesn’t mean the wine is 20 years old; just that it was produced in a year with exceptional quality harvests.
The magic of Vintage Port is different in every phase: as a young wine it captures the youthful fruit characters. Then, after 20 years or more, the effects of the slow bottle age integration are revealed and finally, after many decades, the spirit dominates the wine.
The 2011 Quinta do Noval has wonderful precision on the nose with blackberry, cassis, intriguing flinty notes and a whiff of smoke. It might not possess the power of the Naçional but it has freshness to spare. That comes through on the beautifully composed palate, which is underpinned by fine tannins that lend it a silky smooth mouthfeel. There is real intensity here, but it is very controlled with superb minerality on the finish. Excellent and a keeper.
'Very seductive. Lovely fresh floral notes on the nose, many delicate complex aromas. Violets. Wonderful purity and fresh precision of fruit. Intense concentration, but delicate at the same time. Fine long tannins'.
94-96 pts Wine Advocate.
Quinta do Noval is one of the major historic Port houses, renowned for its great Vintage Ports but also for its fine old Tawnies and its complete range of classic Port wines. The magnificent vineyard of Quinta do Noval is at the heart of everything that is done here.
The consistency of style of the Vintage Ports of Quinta do Noval through the decades is one of the particularities of Quinta do Noval in the world of Port. Consistency quite simply because these Vintage Ports come from one single vineyard, a specific and magical place. When you come to know Quinta do Noval, its old and its young Vintages, you will be able to recognize its future Vintages.
Their aim is to continue to produce exceptional wines, with signature of Quinta do noval, that are among the world's finest and the harmonious expression of the individual character of this great vineyard terroir-Heirs of the past, shapers of the future - The notion of continuity is key: the obligation to the past, the responsibility for the vineyard and its wines today, and the obligations to the future generations who will tend the vineyard and make wine there as they do today.