2018 Quinta do Noval

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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AHB
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2018 Quinta do Noval

Post by AHB » 17:40 Thu 18 Jun 2020

A snapshot tasting from a small sample bottle. Deep dark black-red with a purple rim. Fresh fruit salad nose, wonderfully fragrant and perfumed. Ripe fruit on entry with a huge backbone of acidity and fine-grained tannins. The fruit is persistent and beautifully merged with floral perfume. The structure is exquisite giving a big wine which is beautifully balanced. The sweet fruit leads on the aftertaste, which delivers smooth and gentle sweet fruit with a long blackcurrant pastille finish. Noval have delivered a delicious, balanced and immensely tasty Port this vintage with fabulous elegance. 93-95/100. Tasted 18-Jun-20.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)

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