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Quinta Do Noval Nacional 94 Jg 1997

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"... a legend from this pre-phylloxera vineyard. The color is a saturated black/purple. The nose reveals floral scents intermixed with coffee, blackberries, tar, cassis, licorice, and chocolate...100." WA 1/00 "The 1997 Nacional is a stunning young wine, but at least at this early stage, there is not a dramatic distance in quality between it and the regular bottling of the 1997. Of course, over the coming decades, this may change. At the moment, the 1997 Nacional offers up a very deep and powerful nose of black cherries, chocolate, plums, dried roses, tar, lead pencil, Cuban cigar wrappers and the first incipient notes of the brown sugar and gentle notes of honeycomb that will emerge with many more years of bottle age. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a sappy core of fruit, suave tannins and simply outstanding length and grip on the focused and still very youthful finish. This will be a great wine at its apogee and there is a distinct possibility that I am underrating its potential...94+" 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

"... a legend from this pre-phylloxera vineyard. The color is a saturated black/purple. The nose reveals floral scents intermixed with coffee, blackberries, tar, cassis, licorice, and chocolate...100." WA 1/00 "The 1997 Nacional is a stunning young wine, but at least at this early stage, there is not a dramatic distance in quality between it and the regular bottling of the 1997. Of course, over the coming decades, this may change. At the moment, the 1997 Nacional offers up a very deep and powerful nose of black cherries, chocolate, plums, dried roses, tar, lead pencil, Cuban cigar wrappers and the first incipient notes of the brown sugar and gentle notes of honeycomb that will emerge with many more years of bottle age. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a sappy core of fruit, suave tannins and simply outstanding length and grip on the focused and still very youthful finish. This will be a great wine at its apogee and there is a distinct possibility that I am underrating its potential...94+" JG 10/12

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