QUINTA DO NOVAL VINTAGE 2003

Wine Region: Douro, Portugal

 

Tasting Notes

Quinta do Noval Vintage 2003 is full bodied with intense color and a complex bouquet showing wild flowers and ripe red fruits. The wine shows great structure and power but is marked by the finesse and elegance typical of Quinta do Noval.

Ratings

Wine Spectator 96 pts - What a nose. Ripe fruit, with chocolate, blackberries and raisins. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with velvety tannins. Finish goes on and on. Layered and wonderful. Best after 2014.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 95 Points - The Quinta do Noval Vintage 2003 has a gorgeous raisin, fig and clove-scented bouquet with more freshness than the whole of Pomerol combined. As Christian Seely quipped, "the vines are accustomed to the heat". It unfolds in the glass, gaining vigor, if not complexity, with touches of leather, California raisin and dried flower emerging. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins, dishing out lovely ripe and intense blackberry, leather, sage, tobacco and white- pepper notes. In this vintage, the Noval Vintage does not possess the breeding or the bravura of the Nacional and yet it remains a very impressive Port – a success for the vintage. Drink 2016-2030+.
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points -
A pure fruited wine, with an unusual touch of toast and new wood. The fruit is well structured with flavors of thyme and rosemary. This is a smooth, polished Port, which is definitely in a modern style of winemaking. Imported by William Grant USA.

About the Winery

Quinta Do Noval is in Porto what the Romanée Conti is in Burgundy: a Myth. A splendid terroir steep; the best grape varieties are planted, adapted sector by sector, to obtain the quintessence of this terraced vineyard. This vineyard is located in Pinhao, 130 km from Porto, in the hinterland, one of the most favorable areas of the Douro Valley. The grape varieties are numerous: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cao, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Francisca, Sousao. Here, maturity and sweetness reach rates unmatched anywhere in the country. Some vintages of this area reach peaks at auction, including the most famous cuvée of the field: "Nacional Vintage". A small plot of ungrafted vines, the most fabulous and rare Port. In short, an exceptional terroir, a result that often comes close to magic ...


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