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This wine shows a stunning nose, with blackberry and cherry perfumes, is full-bodied and moderately sweet and has imp...Read more...
Sauve and silky, with peppery overtones to the intense plum confit, dark currant, cherry and chocolate flavors, with hints of licorice. Vibrant, wi... Read more
Full medium ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cassis, black cherry and mocha. Sweet and fine-grained, combining a powerful structure with surprisingly... Read more
The Quinta do Noval Nacional 2003 is more backward on the nose than the Vintage Noval ’03, with perfumed black plum, incense, lavender and spice. T... Read more
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Sauve and silky, with peppery overtones to the intense plum confit, dark currant, cherry and chocolate flavors, with hints of licorice. Vibrant, with plenty of youthful grip. The powerful finish is long and well-spiced. — Non-blind Quinta do Noval Nacional retrospective (February 2011). Best from 2015 through 2040.
Full medium ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cassis, black cherry and mocha. Sweet and fine-grained, combining a powerful structure with surprisingly harmonious, chewy black fruit flavors. Much thicker and denser than the basic 2003 vintage port served alongside it, and a level beyond that wine in fruit intensity. Finishes very long and suave, with tongue-coating tannins that will require at least another decade of cellaring. This wine showed considerably more flesh than the vintage bottling, which was totally shut down, and yet it largely avoids the roasted character of this very hot vintage.
The Quinta do Noval Nacional 2003 is more backward on the nose than the Vintage Noval ’03, with perfumed black plum, incense, lavender and spice. The aromatics here are pure and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins matched by a killer line of acidity that comes wholly unexpected given the growing season. Thus, it is extremely focused and vigorous, with superb precision and tension. This is a modern-day legend in the making, superior to the 2000 and 1997. Drink 2018–2045. Tasted January 2014.
This wine, from a small plot of old, ungrafted vines at Noval, simply outclasses all the other wines of the vintage. It's reserved and classical, offering its elegance on a grand scale without any of the heat that radiates from many other great ’03s. The wine feels casual and effortless as it grabs you by the throat; if its intensity grabs you too hard, don’t cry to me that you opened it 30 years too soon. I’ll plead the insanity defense, driven to it by how completely seductive this vintage of Nacional feels: a voluptuous, layered, idealized Vale de Mendiz wine. Another taster described it as “completely complete” before she realized she’d need her own insanity defense to explain that one.
The focused fruit zeros in on the palate. Excellent deep ruby, very intense black cherry and plum aromas, full-bodied, with incredibly focused fruit flavors, full tannins and a balanced finish.
Fantastic aromas of blackberries, licorice and cherries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. A classy young Port. Could be a remake of the 1947. Best after 2015.
The dense 2003 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port displays an impenetrable black robe. Its profound aromatics exude notes of Damson plums, blackberries, fresh herbs, flowers, and hints of vanilla. Built for the long-haul, this refined wine reveals massive thickness, concentration, and depth. Its plummy character is redolent with black cherries, violets, pepper, and figs. Even after 4 days of air this intense effort was firmly backward (possibly even more so than immediately after opening!). Projected maturity: 2035andndash;2055.
This wine shows a stunning nose, with blackberry and cherry perfumes, is full-bodied and moderately sweet and has impressively well-integrated, ultrafine tannins and a long, silky finish.
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