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We decanted this wine, with great precision, but were surprised to find very little sediment in the bottle. The color was a faded medium ruby with ... Read more
I have had this wine on several occasions and IMHO, have always considered it a mediocre Nacional. This was the first bottle of the '62 to show me ... Read more
The dense 2003 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port displays an impenetrable black robe. Its profound aromatics exude notes of Damson plums, black... Read more
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We decanted this wine, with great precision, but were surprised to find very little sediment in the bottle. The color was a faded medium ruby with slight bricking along the rim. Ludens cherry cough syrup drops, cooked prunes and tobacco showed on the nose with an intense alcohol veil that never fully released its grip. Smooth and silky on the palate with medium acidity and very light in body. Hints of cherry, raisin and chocolate flavors mingle on the palate briefly before rapidly disappearing. For a 32 year old wine, I can't complain. Although it's past its prime, it's still a tasty port!
I have had this wine on several occasions and IMHO, have always considered it a mediocre Nacional. This was the first bottle of the '62 to show me a different picture. Light to medium ruby in color with a bricking meniscus, the nose showed beautifully with strawberry and licorice dominating the aromas but with highlights of sweet cedar and vanilla that added a nice seasoning. Smooth and delicate on the palate this was a textural delight. Very refined and offering up an extremely long, decadent finish. It's at peak now.
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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, 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.
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.
94pts RP. 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: 2035-2055.The Wine Advocate. 95-100 WS 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. Score range: 95-100 (JS) Wine Spectator. Steve Tanzer 96 points Deep ruby. Knockout nose offers wonderful lift and verve with distinctly vinous aromas of cassis medicinal black cherry licorice pepper violet bitter chocolate and fresh herbs . Wonderf
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.
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