2016 Quinta do Noval

A spectacular fragrance of tea leaves, heather, lavender, with a wonderful perfume that keeps changing on every breath in. This leads you into darker forest fruits and a touch of savoury spice. The palate does not disappoint after such an introduction: crushed black pepper and a hint of cardamom. Pure, intense, wonderful framework of freshness and finely knitted tannins. So expressive and powerful light yet light on its feet.

Critic score
18/20

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Portugal
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Sweet
  • Style
    Fortified
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Vintage Port
2016 Quinta do Noval

TASTING NOTES

Very dark crimson. Rich and spicy on the nose. Juicy and succulent. A hint of something almost overripe. Heady and very definitely not uptight. Sort of sprawls all over the palate in a devil-may-care fashion. Lots of fun, though the tannins are by no means insistent. Oddly readable, but lots of fun.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2018)
18/20