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Quinta Do Noval Nacional 92 Jg 2003

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"Very grapey on the nose, with blackberry and licorice undertones that follow to the palate. Massive on the palate. Medium sweet. It is supertannic, yet silky and caressing. Another super Nacional...95-100." WS 5/05 "The 2003 Nacional is a decided step up from the regular bottling of Noval in this vintage, as it does not show any hints of overripe tones to come on the finish and has plenty of that sappy black cherry fruit in evidence that is the Nacional calling card. The deep and very sappy nose jumps from the glass in a mix of plums, black cherries, tar, woodsmoke, lovely spice tones, soil, a hint of cedar and a nice topnote redolent of lavender. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and very powerful, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, firm tannins, quite good acidity for this torrid vintage and outstanding length and grip on the impressively fresh finish. I do not think this will ever eventually escape completely from the style of the vintage and is probably not destined to be a legendary example of Nacional, but it really is a pretty stunning 2003...92+" JG 10/12

Region: Portugal » Douro

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Winery: Quinta do Noval
Color: Red
Variety: Port
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Quinta do Noval:
Quinta do Noval is situated in the very heart of the Douro valley, in the Cima Corgo, just two kilometres from the small town of Pinhão. As you approach the entrance to the quinta from Pinhão, you will see the famous broad terraces of Quinta do Noval on the right. The Quinta, which is principally situated in the valley of the small Pinhao river, a tributary of the Douro, has approximately 145 h... Read more
Quinta do Noval is situated in the very heart of the Douro valley, in the Cima Corgo, just two kilometres from the small town of Pinhão. As you approach the entrance to the quinta from Pinhão, you will see the famous broad terraces of Quinta do Noval on the right. The Quinta, which is principally situated in the valley of the small Pinhao river, a tributary of the Douro, has approximately 145 hectares of vines, ranging in altitude from 100 metres, at the level of the Pinhao river, to 350 metres at the summit of the valley. The Quinta is approached by a long drive, covered by trellised vines. This is the first view of the quinta that you see as you drive up. Read less

"Very grapey on the nose, with blackberry and licorice undertones that follow to the palate. Massive on the palate. Medium sweet. It is supertannic, yet silky and caressing. Another super Nacional...95-100." WS 5/05 "The 2003 Nacional is a decided step up from the regular bottling of Noval in this vintage, as it does not show any hints of overripe tones to come on the finish and has plenty of that sappy black cherry fruit in evidence that is the Nacional calling card. The deep and very sappy nose jumps from the glass in a mix of plums, black cherries, tar, woodsmoke, lovely spice tones, soil, a hint of cedar and a nice topnote redolent of lavender. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and very powerful, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, firm tannins, quite good acidity for this torrid vintage and outstanding length and grip on the impressively fresh finish. I do not think this will ever eventually escape completely from the style of the vintage and is probably not destined to be a legendary example of Nacional, but it really is a pretty stunning 2003...92+" JG 10/12

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