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Quinta Do Noval Late Bottle Vintage Port 2016
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Wine Advocate 91
"The 2016 Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port is a field blend from typical grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Co and Souso, aged for five years in casks. This traditional LBV comes with a long cork and 92 grams of sugar. (There was no 2015 released.) Another super LBV from one of the region's best producers of it, this is bursting with flavors leaning to strawberries and herbs. It adds ... read more
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Shelf Location — 15c
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:19.5%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#55643
Location at store:15c
Item Description
Wine Advocate 91
"The 2016 Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port is a field blend from typical grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Co and Souso, aged for five years in casks. This traditional LBV comes with a long cork and 92 grams of sugar. (There was no 2015 released.) Another super LBV from one of the region's best producers of it, this is bursting with flavors leaning to strawberries and herbs. It adds fine concentration and reasonable tannic support. This should age well (they always do) and acquire complexity along the way...." ~M.S.

Jeb Dunnuck 91
"A more heady, intense effort, the 2016 Late Bottled Vintage Port offers up a deep ruby/purple hue to go with classic Port notes of candied plums, cigar box, incense, orange liqueur, and exotic spices on the nose. These carry to a medium to full-bodied Port with solid underlying structure and solid length on the finish. [... This is a spicy, complex, elegant LBV to drink over the coming decade." ~J.D.

James Suckling 93
"Aromas of dried fruits and lots of blackberries. Some wet earth with, of course, alcohol. Its full-bodied, medium sweet with slightly chewy tannins. Shows tension and focus. Really solid and delicious." ~J.S. 9/22
About Quinta do Noval
One of the oldest port houses, Quinta do Noval is also arguably the greatest. It is unique among top port houses in that most of the ports are made from estate-grown fruit and, notably, all of the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard. In addition, it is difficult to elaborate on Quinta do Noval without mentioning Nacional, the legendary port made from a 6 acre parcel of ungrafted vines. When declared, only 200-300 cases of Nacional will be made, and instantly become the most sought after port in the world. Many vintages of Nacional are considered as the finest ports, and some of the finest wines, ever made.

Noval is mentioned in land registries going back to 1715, and has been sold just twice in that time, once in the late 19th century, and to its present owners in 1993. Noval has, however, a reputation for being an innovative, independent producer. Noval's focus on its vineyard and estate ports distinguishes it, but there are numerous other areas in which it has been a pioneer:

– Quinta do Noval was the first to introduce blended tawnies with an indication of average age.

– Noval introduced the first late-bottled vintage port, in 1958.-

– In response to a change in shipping laws in 1986, Noval became the first major port house to age, blend and store all its wines at its Quinta, in the Douro.

In 1994 Noval once again made a bold statement, by beginning a massive program of improvements, while re-committing to the traditional, and best, methods of port production. Namely:

– 60% of the estate's vineyards were taken out, and the terraces were rebuilt and replanted with the best quality grape varieties.

– A new winery, warehouse and bottling facility were built, and the lodge (warehouse) at the Quinta was greatly improved.

– All grapes harvested at the estate are crushed by foot, in lagares that have been made smaller and modified to better control individual lots.

The astonishing terraced vineyards of Noval, perched above the Douro and Pinhao rivers, are an infertile schist, and not soil as much as sheer rock. The elevation of the vineyards goes from just above river level to 1,200 feet, with density at about 2,000 vines per acre, and vines producing on average 30-35 hectoliters per hectare. The tremendous rewards of the work done at the estate over the last fifteen years are visible across the range of Noval ports, and have placed Noval a step ahead of everyone in the Douro.
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