N.V. Quinta do Noval Tawny Porto

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 20.0%
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"Dark in color, the wine has plenty of tangy tawny character. It is ripe, full and rich with caramel and spice flavors as well as acidity that is finely balanced. This is an attractive wine, ready to drink." (WE)

Winery Notes:
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 its ports are made from estate-grown fruit and, notably, all of the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard. And it is difficult to discuss Noval with mentioning Nacional, the legendary vintage port made from a 6 acre parcel of ungrafted vines, and the most collectible and sought after port in the world. In the early 1990s, Noval changed ownership for only the second time in its three-hundred year history and began a massive program of improvements while re-committing to the traditional, and best, methods of port production.

Lighter and softer than the Fine Ruby, Noval’s Tawny Port is an elegant, delicate wine with an amber hue and a fresh finish.

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesca and Tinta Barroca are the major grape varieties, all from traditional, “A” category suppliers.

The Quinta do Noval Fine Ruby is vinified by pump-over in stainless steel, and then aged 2 to 3 years in big oak vats.

An intense brick color, it has a complex nose showing youthful fruit with raspberry character. On the palate it is medium sweet, with well-balanced fruit and richness.