Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port 2014
Rare Brilliance—the ‘stunning’ limited release 2014 Vintage Port and the 2001 ‘ghost vintage’ Nacional
"Nacional is the Everest, to be sure, but Noval offers a Himalaya's worth of quality in other Ports as well,” Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Jan 2016
“Quinta do Noval has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Our approach is very clear: when we are convinced that we have a wine of sufficient quality to merit a declaration as Quinta do Noval, we do so.” Christian Seely, Quinta do Noval MD
“Quinta do Noval has a ‘genteel quality and accessibility’, offers [Joe] Wadsack, ‘other ports are more stand up and arrogant and English, for better expression, but this producer is owned by French and has an subtlety’.” Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au
A limited release, single estate wine drawn from finest vineyard parcels that excelled in 2014. It’s the traditional Noval blend of Touriga Nacional (roughly 50%), Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca and Sousão, from Noval’s hillside vineyard on the slopes of the Douro’s Cavadinha tributary. The vines at Noval always give Ports of tremendous finesse and purity. Ports that can be treated as ‘wines’. The 2014 is a wonderfully layered, elegant and perfumed Noval – surprisingly supple now – yet with plenty of fine grained tannins ensuring longevity. It’s perhaps a more approachable wine than Noval’s two other recent declarations (2012 & 2013), although its ability to improve over decades in the cellar is assured. As always, the grapes were trodden by foot and fermented in Noval’s granite lagares, with the temperature held at 28ºc. The wine was then matured for 18 months in old oak barrels of 640 litres. Alcohol: 19.5% vol. Residual Sugar: 101 g/L
|Type||Dessert, Sherry & Port|
|Varietal(s)||Touriga Nacional Touriga Franca Tinto Cão|
|Brand||Quinta do Noval|
World Wine – Sweet, intense blackberry and cherry nose is quite floral with some raspberry jam notes. The palate is really pretty and elegant with firm tannins under the bright cherry and berry fruit. It is more red fruits than black, and it has a fine spiciness. Fresh, showing great potential. An elegant, Burgundian expression of Port.
Wine Enthusiast – This beautifully perfumed wine has all the tannins that will allow it to age over many decades. It also offers the rich blackberry, dark plum and great structure that will support that aging. As so often, Noval has released a vintage when other major producers have held back. But this powerful wine fully justifies the decision. Drink from 2025 for the fruit, 2030 for the complexity.
James Suckling – This is a really fantastic young vintage Port showing terrific clarity and power. Full body and a tight center palate of blueberry and plum character. So long and persistent in the mouth. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2023 and beyond. Not a generally declared year for Port, but this is a stunner.
In a mixed or straight case: $151.99